Animal Crossing: New Horizons won’t support Cloud Saves Backup due to cheating concerns

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One of the main benefits of subscribing to Nintendo Switch Online is the Save Data Cloud Backup feature, but it won’t be available with Animal Crossing: New Horizons unfortunately.

In an interview with the French outlet Gamekult, Animal Crossing: New Horizons Producer Higashi Nogami revealed that the game will not be compatible with cloud save backup. The reason he provided for the lack of support was ‘to avoid manipulating time, which remains one of the founding concepts of the series.

With the advent of cloud saves and automatic backup, how will you handle Mr. Resetti’s interventions?

HN: New Horizons will not be compatible with cloud backup, to avoid manipulating time, which remains one of the founding concepts of the series.

Note that this is based on a Google translation, so the quote about manipulating time may not be perfect, but overall confirmation of no cloud saves can be trusted. We’re guessing their main concern is duplication of items by sending an item to a friend, then somehow loading a cloud save from beforehand.

To be honest, this is not much of a surprise and more of a confirmation of what was likely to happen. Splatoon 2 is another game on the Nintendo Switch which has cloud saves disabled due to similar cheating concerns, and Higashi Nogami is actually the producer of that game as well!

Regardless of the reasoning, this remains very disappointing as Animal Crossing is perhaps one of the flagship examples for cloud saves. The idea of losing their Animal Crossing town after putting in hundreds or thousands of hours is downright terrifying to some players, and cloud saves could have offered some relief.

To put it another way, the developers have essentially chosen to prioritize their concerns about cheating over our concerns of having our save files protected from data loss or a stolen/lost console. That’s a shame, but I can respect their desire to have the game remain as ‘pure’ as possible too. They make the game after all.

What do you think? Is this the right move to reduce the potential for cheating, or do you feel like Nintendo should have more concern for the safety of our islands? Let us know in the comments below.

Pre-orders are now open for Animal Crossing: New Horizons at AmazonGameStop, and Best Buy. Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for more on Animal Crossing: New Horizons as we approach the release date next year.

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Oh no it’s awful if not saved in the cloud and we lose hours of time and start again then again it will put me off. I have pre ordered my game (2) last year.
It’s not good. I used to have to start ds over maybe 5 times with my granddaughter when small but she plays now herself.
Hoping they will find something. I gave a 64 g memory card so hope this will work x
I am 72 now and love animal crossing looking forward to the new one x

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That’s unacceptable!! We’re actually paying for that terrible service.

Tiffany Adkins
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Tiffany Adkins

Bullshit. OH WON’T CONNECT TO POCKET CAMP NOW. But hay guys items collaboration? Okaay…? Nobody cares if somebody cheats in animal crossing anyway. Kept the game alive even longer. Cause of people playing for years and couldn’t find “one” certain item. So somebody could power saved em it. Woow..such a biiiig deal.

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That’s ridiculous. This is not tournament play that you have to worry about “cheating.” People time travel in Animal Crossing in order to actually have time to play the game. Many people with kids can’t sit and play and ignore them during the day, so they play at night when the kids are in bed. Good luck accessing the stores when they’re closed in the game. People have lives and this is just a game. An EXPENSIVE game that the developers should support with cloud backup and the ability to set your clock to whatever time you want it to… Read more »

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I have some doubts about the reason being to prevent ‘cheating’, at least if ‘cheating’ = ‘time travel’. The devs made time-travel an open option in New Leaf, super easy to access the second you open the game…I don’t think they actually care about restricting it. Especially in work-crazy Japan where they must KNOW that a lot of people work long hours with no opportunity to boot up Animal Crossing, so if you want to experience all the content, you HAVE to time-travel eventually. So I have some hazy suspicions on other reasons they may want to bar cloud saves,… Read more »