Animal Crossing: New Horizons project has gotten a sad update for fans. According to an interview with project head Aya Kyogoku, Mr. Resetti has lost his job at the Reset Surveillance Center. Apparently, this is due to a new feature in autosaving, leaving the point of the character unnecessary.
For those who aren’t familiar with Mr. Resetti, he is a mole whose role in the series is to remind players to save before quitting the game. The cranky mole left an impact on many players with his minutes-long, all caps tirades, threats to “delete” the player’s save file, and even cries for help. This was all meant to dissuade players from cheating the game’s real-time mechanic.
The cranky mole had so much of an impact that Nintendo made his presence optional in later games, such as in 2014’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf. What’s more, he even got a warning label in the “Information for Parents” section of 2008’s Animal Crossing: City Folk; it stated:
“Mr. Resetti’s purpose is to teach players the importance of saving. However, parents should be aware that his personality and tone of voice, while intentionally humorous, are authoritative and may be disturbing to young children.”
In an interview with Mashable during E3 2019, Kyogoku said: “I think this will be a positive thing for the player because in New Horizons you can stop playing in the middle of your game and it’ll still save”. Thus this negated the need for a reset. Though he also stated that Mr. Resetti was looking for a new job, possibly hinting at a new role for the mole.