This week, the development team behind the Switch yuzu emulator added support for online multiplayer. However, a week later, this functionality was removed from the emulator – for no reason given by the developers.
The following message was posted on the emulator related blog:
We’re sorry to announce that we have removed the online support from yuzu, indefinitely, and with immediate effect. We apologize to our community for the confusion and frustration surrounding this release, and especially those who have been excited to try it out.
We have received valid and insightful feedback from fans as well as members of the Switch community and broader emulation. To be honest, we̵7;re all just a bunch of enthusiastic people from all over the world who are really excited about something we think we can offer. In retrospect, we 100% understand your concerns.
As always, we will continue to work on other features and improvements in yuzu, to make it the best emulator possible. Thank you to everyone who continued to support us, provided us with feedback, and were willing to have a constructive discussion on this topic. Now, as always, we appreciate your opinion.
As you can see, there’s no reason given for the move, but Kotaku speculates that it could be affected by the emulator creators would have to enable a feature that is less about preservation and homebrew and more about avoiding having to give Nintendo (or its third-party partners) any money to enjoy the Switch titles.
However, Kotaku also points out that, because online play is only available to paid Patreon supporters, yuzu moves from a freely distributed piece of code to a paid service – which would put it firmly in the team’s sights. legal of Nintendo.
Whatever the reason, it was a rather embarrassed face for the yuzu creators.