Animal Crossing: New Horizons Won't Use Cloud Saves to Avoid Time Manipulation

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Won't Use Cloud Saves to Avoid Time Manipulation

Nintendo knows what you've been up to.

If you were hoping to fool the clock to get ahead in the next Animal Crossing, Nintendo has other plans. Producer Higashi Nogami confirmed in an interview that there would be no cloud saves due to the potential for manipulating time, an act the team seems well aware of.

Nogami, in an interview with French games outlet Gamekult, says Animal Crossing: New Horizons won't be compatible with using the internet to back up your games.

"New Horizons will not be compatible with cloud backup to avoid manipulating time, which remains one of the founding concepts of the series," says Nogami (via Google Translate).

Since Mr. Resetti is also suffering under the new save economy of Animal Crossing: New Horizon, this means using saves to cheat the random generation of Animal Crossing is a thing of the past. We'll have to just accept what the game gives us, I guess.

To keep up with all we learned about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including the reasoning behind its delay to 2020, check out our roundup about the game. New options in the game look to include better customization (including better representation), a more robust economy, and several returning friends.

Ultimately, the delay seems to be important in getting the game put together the way the developers want it to be, without crunching. Let's just hope that automation isn't coming to take any more jobs like Mr. Resetti's. This island vacation can't be cheap!

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Eric Van Allen

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