Animal Crossing: New Horizons promises to include a great number of cool features both new and old, but is lacking a rather important one that fans are adamant should be part of the new title.
That feature is none other than Cloud Saves, which the developer’s confirmed would not be supported in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The reason given was that they “did not want players to manipulate in-game events by reverting back to a previous save.”.
While this is somewhat understandable, fans believe that the threat of losing all of their progress with no way to recover it far outweighs the threat of players cheating in the game. To that end, one of these passionate fans by the name of Lucia Faria started a petition asking Nintendo to allow cloud saves in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, while still “working towards anti-cheating mechanisms”.
Here is a snippet from the petition, along with a comment from Lucia Faria about the situation:
Considering how many hours players are likely to invest into Animal Crossing: New Horizons, we see it necessary that users should have access to Nintendo’s cloud save functionality or be given another option to backup their game saves.
This could be realized by allowing players to download their backup data in a limited manner: be it by implementing time intervals and therefore limiting the amount of downloads of the player’s data per year, or setting a waiting period before the latest save can be downloaded.
There are also alternative options Nintendo could explore, like allowing users to create backups on their own storage media.
Lucia Faria: We would even be happy if we had a cloud data download limitation, say once every 3 months, just something that would allow players to recover the save files in case something happens to our (very susceptible to being lost, stolen or broken) Switch.
So far, the petition has garnered over 8,000 signatures with a goal of 10,000. The page has also been encouraging fans to spread word about the petition to other Animal Crossing fans through social media, or sending letters to Nintendo directly.
If you’re interested in finding out more, you can find the petition here.
What do you think? Will Nintendo take heed of this petition? Let us know in the comments.