Nintendo Switch Online users will have six months to recover their cloud saves after their subscription lapses, according to a report from IGN.
“If a Nintendo Switch Online membership expires, users won’t be able to access their Save Data Cloud backups,” a Nintendo spokesperson told IGN. “However, Nintendo will allow users who resubscribe within 180 days to access their previous Save Data Cloud backups.”
Earlier this month, the FAQ section of the Nintendo UK site seemed to suggest that players would lose their cloud saves entirely once their subscription ran out. Now, Nintendo has clarified that players will have a six-month grace period in which their saves will be safe. This now brings cloud saving on the switch to the same level as PlayStation, which also offers PS Plus subscribers a six-month window, but not quite to the standard of Microsoft, which offers free cloud saves to all players, even if they aren’t using Xbox Live Gold.
Cloud saving won’t work for all Switch games, however. Splatoon 2, Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, Dark Souls: Remastered and FIFA 19 are some of the titles confirmed to not allow cloud saving on the Switch.
In a statement to multiple sites, Nintendo said, “The vast majority of Nintendo Switch games will support Save Data Cloud backup. However, in certain games this feature would make it possible to, for example, regain items that had been traded to other players, or revert to a higher online multiplayer ranking that had been lost. To ensure fair play, Save Data Cloud backup may not be enabled for such games.”
Stay tuned to Twinfinite for more information on Nintendo Switch Online.