Yep, you read that title right: upcoming video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons will need online connectivity for players to enjoy events. It actually has a purpose though.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons online connectivity has a reason
In previous titles, some players would
just change the system clock in order to “time travel,” of sorts. Game company
Nintendo is not having it. The post-development support team is on the case and
is cracking down on stopping people from ruining the experience for those who
would not cheat.
With the need of internet connectivity,
changing the game clock will not work anymore. The servers will force the game
to follow its clock instead with a check. It will ensure that the console time
and date is the same as the ones that are in the events in real life. So, too
bad legal cheaters. Time to be very patient with your playthrough.
If that is not enough, Nintendo is also
asking players to have their Switch accounts linked to a Nintendo account. That
is a double check from Nintendo so that it will be fair for everyone.
Aside from that news, Nintendo Switch
Online subscribers can get perks. They can travel to other islands, take
advantage of the mobile app, and make save backups. The mobile app will also
give players access to scan QR codes and use a keyboard for online chat system.
Some great perks, right?
The game will be launching soon both physically and digitally. Other countries have already gotten their copies, but they only played it offline.