Fans of the Animal Crossing sport have criticised Nintendo after it stated gamers wouldn’t be capable to save their progress to its cloud back-up service.
Saving sport progress to the cloud is a key characteristic of the Nintendo Switch on-line subscription service, which prices £17.99 a 12 months.
It lets gamers decide up the place they left off in the event that they purchase a brand new Switch console or personal multiple system.
But in a YouTube video, Nintendo stated the characteristic was “not supported”.
One fan on social information web site Reddit complained: “It’s laughable to think that almost every third party game on the Switch supports cloud saves, but Nintendo can’t do it on several of their own games, while they are charging us for that.”
The newest model of the Animal Crossing sport – New Horizons – is because of be launched in March.
In the sport, gamers land on a abandoned island to begin a brand new life amongst a bunch of animal villagers. They can reshape and rebuild their island as they want.
However, Nintendo has confirmed that “only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch console”.
While as much as eight gamers can use the identical copy Animal Crossing: New Horizons on one console, they have to all inhabit the identical island.
Players are additionally not allowed to switch their progress to a different console.
“This game does not currently support the ability to transfer your save file from one Nintendo Switch console to another,” the corporate stated.
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It stated it hoped so as to add the flexibility to get better sport information within the occasion of a misplaced or stolen console “sometime after launch”.
However, it added: “Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can only have save data recovered one time due to loss of damage of system.”
One fan complained on Reddit: “You can’t transfer your data to a new Switch? Really? What reasoning could they possibly have to warrant such a stupid decision?”
Games journalist Richard Atkinson instructed the BBC that many avid gamers had been “irritated” by the choice.
“For them, it shows Nintendo’s online service – that you have to pay for annually – not doing what you expect it to do,” he stated.
“It most likely boils down to Nintendo protecting its vision of the game, and putting up barriers to stop players from cheating.”
Some gamers have urged that Nintendo is frightened that letting individuals again up their progress to the cloud may permit them to control the save information.
Other Nintendo titles together with Pokemon Sword/Shield and Splatoon 2 additionally don’t help cloud back-up.
“The limits Nintendo has put in for Animal Crossing: New Horizons are going to affect those players who want to pick up and dive into their island on either their Switch or Switch Lite,” stated Mr Atkinson.
“To me, that’s backwards.”
Nintendo has not but replied to a BBC request for remark.