From an interview with producer Higashi Nogami, we know that, unfortunately, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will not support cloud saves. A petition has appeared on Change.org as a way to potentially convince Nintendo to allow cloud save functionality. For a game about checking in on your virtual life on a daily basis, it’s more than understandable why fans would be upset.
At the time of writing, the petition has reached over 8,300 signatures, with a goal of 10,000. It’s clear that Animal Crossing fans are passionate about this. The comments on the petition are full of well-founded arguments: the liability of the Switch’s portability, the average hours spent building a town, and, of course, the very fact that Animal Crossing is a non-competitive series.
Animal Crossing will be joining other Switch games on the list of lacking cloud save capability. Splatoon 2 and Pokémon: Let’s Go also do not support the cloud save functionality that comes with Nintendo Switch Online. It’s not like anyone cares about their online rankings or partner Pokémon anyway, right?
Why no cloud saves?
In Nogami’s words, the reason for disallowing cloud saves is to prevent players from “manipulating time” and abusing the in-game event systems. In previous entries, it was as simple as going into your hardware settings and changing the console’s clock. You would get a stern warning from Mr. Resetti, telling you off for messing with the space-time continuum, but that was about it. You would be able to cheat out items and currency, and nothing could be done to prevent it.
For me, this issue brings up an even more upsetting concept. What if Mr. Resetti just isn’t in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Let us know if you signed the petition, or if you think that it’s just not worth fighting for. Either way, I expect that the petition will reach its goal within the next few days.