Nintendo gave Animal Crossing fans a deep dive into the features and systems of the franchise’s upcoming Switch release, New Horizons. This presentation today included an interesting tidbit about recovering lost save files, specifically that you can actually do it. However, some bizarre restrictions apply.
New Horizons launches on March 20. This life sim is Nintendo’s biggest release for the part of the year. As in past Animal Crossing games, your save file is important. The experience is all about a persistent world that evolves through your effort and time.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons will not offer cloud saves. Instead, your file is tied to your Switch. This is bad news for fans who want to play on multiple Switch systems. But it’s also scary. If something happens to your save file or the Switch that you’re playing on, you could lose many hours of progress.