The game director for the recently announced Animal Crossing: New Horizons had revealed some new info about the title. This comes from an interview between the French Gaming News Site GameKult and Aya Kyogoku (New Horizons game director) as well as Hisashi Nogami (New Horizons producer). In which, the interview had touched on several details that hadn’t been expanded on at this years E3. For starters, the interviewer had asked Aya and Hisashi “with the advent of cloud saves and automatic backup, how will you handle Mr. Resetti’s interventions?” Which, Hisashi answered “New Horizons will not be compatible with cloud backup, to avoid manipulating time, which remains one of the founding concepts of the series.” Time manipulation is considered to be a form of cheating, as players can unfairly speed through levels or tasks. But, a downside to the developers removing this feature, would be that if players were to lose their original copy of New Horizons, they will need to start their progress all over again.
Correlating to the time aspect of New Horizons, Aya and Hisashi were also asked about whether the developers had considered that adult players will have a limit to how much of it they can play. In which, Aya responded “Animal Crossing being modeled on the real calendar, we obviously take into account the rhythms of life of adults to offer them an adequate experience. This was the case in New Leaf with the mayor’s ordinances that allowed the opening hours of the shops to be adapted. We think of other similar ideas to enjoy the activities of the desert island on New Horizons.”
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