A few days ago, the second summer update available for Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released.
Among the many innovations introduced to celebrate the climax of the summer, the update to version 1.4.0 has also reintroduced a game mechanic that appeared for the first time in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, or the possibility of visiting the cities (or, in this case, the islands) of other players through dreams, thanks to the Luna, a special Tapir. To do this, simply lay down on a bed and go to sleep, then Sonia will ask us for an identification code to be able to visit another player’s island, dreaming of it. Of course, a Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to access dreams.
However, it seems that Nintendo has decided to take measures regarding the islands that have hacked content, that is, not obtainable in a legitimate way. The islands in question would have been excluded from the possibility of being visited by other players through the dream world since they would violate the rules of the Agreement for the Nintendo Account. Those directly affected by this ban will receive a notification regarding the exclusion of their island, but this does not seem to imply any further consequences.
Players of Animal Crossing: New Horizons who have been cheating or “hacking” have been receiving emails from Nintendo, with the info being similar to the following:
There are a good number of players who have reported that Nintendo has since removed their islands from the Dream Share state. These islands should be fine and remain playable for their creator locally, but it appears they can’t be shared with others.
Presumably, these bans occurred thanks to the possibility of reporting the islands deemed problematic, a feature included in the update thanks to which it is possible to report the use of hacks and cheats. Among the most famous hacks that may have solicited this tough stance by Nintendo, we can remember those beautiful star trees that decorated some of these hacked islands, absolutely not normally obtainable in the game.
Although the intent of the uncompromising Japanese production company is to discourage hacking of the game in general, some people claim that, after all, the dreams of the hacked islands are absolutely harmless, given that the visiting player cannot collect items and interact with the island in any way, other than being able to take a look around. We will have to see if Nintendo is willing to relax its policy on the dreams of the islands, but only time will tell.