After a number of frustrating delays, the online subscription service for Nintendo Switch finally has a solid release window.
Originally set to launch in 2017, the same year as the console’s release, gamers have had to make do with little-to-no information regarding their new console’s online service.
It’s now finally been confirmed that Nintendo Switch Online is coming in September, 2018.
That might still be a ways off, but at least it’s something, right?
We don’t know much about the service or what it will offer, but safe to say it will be much like Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, both of which offer online stores as well as online multiplayer gaming for a fee.
Players can pay either $3.99 USD per month, or $19.99 per year. Nintendo has permitted free online play since the console’s launch, although this is likely to change once the online service launches: why else would they launch it at all if not to block multiplayer behind a paywall?
-Preparing some attractive (contents or programs) for subscription-based online membership. Please wait for the detail announcement later in the year.
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) February 1, 2018