Nintendo finally unveiled the new Animal Crossing game for Nintendo Switch at E3 and it is now called Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Animal Crossing: New Horizons had a great showing in an extended Treehouse demo but the bad news was the game has been delayed to 2020. Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Nintendo 3DS was one of the best selling games on the system and it did almost everything right. Sadly, it did not let you backup your save file to SD card which meant it was locked to the game card if you bought physical. It looks like you will not be able to backup your save file on Switch with New Horizons either as revealed in an interview on gamekult. Watch the Treehouse gameplay segment for it below:
The publication interviewed Aya Kyogoku (Director) and Higashi Nogami (Producer) about various aspects of the game. They confirmed that Animal Crossing: New Horizons will not support cloud save backup that is one of the important features of Nintendo’s paid online service. This is to ensure no time manipulation and is one of the more disappointing decisions by Nintendo. With this, three of Nintendo’s biggest titles do not support one of its main online service features.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons arrives on March 20, 2020 for Nintendo Switch.