One of the more popular Switch emulators, yuzu, decided to add limited online multiplayer support for its games early in the week, which has now very rapidly been removed…..
in what seemed like an instant, the developers updated emulator’s blog that the function was being removed for now, all while apologising “to our community for the confusion and disappointment surrounding this release”.
We are saddened to report that we have removed online support from yuzu, indefinitely, and effective immediately. We apologize to our community for the confusion and disappointment surrounding this release, and especially to those who were excited to try this feature.
We have received valid and insightful feedback from our fans and members of the broader Switch and emulation communities. Truthfully, we are all just a bunch of enthusiastic people from around the globe, who were genuinely excited about something we thought we could offer. In hindsight, we 100% understand your concerns.
As always, we will continue working on other features and improvements within yuzu, to make it the best emulator we possibly can. Thank you to everyone who has continued to support us, provided us feedback and been open to constructive discussion on this topic. Now, as always, we value your opinions.
– The yuzu development team
What the “insightful feedback” was, we can be pretty sure the origin of the comments came from a place with a name starting with “N” and ending with “Do”, given the fact that emulators usually have the luxury of scooting round laws on the idea that they help homebrew, preservation or helping owners legitimately play existing owned titles. However once you factor in an online service to allow for multiplayer and have the tact to place this function behind a patreon subscription, effectively making it a ‘paid for service’, I’m sure a few lawyers for the big N were gearing up with a few cease and desist letters to remove the software in one go.