The second summer update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is launching this week, bringing with it a new festive fireworks event during August, the ability to visit other islands through dreams, and some limited but welcome save backup support.
Yes, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will now finally let you back up your saves, but they’re not supported in the same way as cloud saves for most other games on the Nintendo Switch. Announced earlier this year, New Horizons will periodically update at unspecified times, backing up your island and all its inhabitants to Nintendo’s servers.
You can then retrieve this save through Nintendo Support, and only if your Switch breaks or is stolen, according to the very specific wording in the press release. It is also only available for players with an active Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Nintendo also states that you’ll also be able to transfer your island to another Switch soon with a future update.