With Nintendo's paid online service set to go live in just a few months' time, one game that could be heavily affected by the need for an online subscription is Splatoon 2. With its large focus on online multiplayer, and an online community that spans a huge variety of players of different ages - and budgets - concerns have started to grow over the future of the game's success.
At the moment, and as has been the case since the game's launch, a purchase of the main game is enough to get you online, splatting away in every mode the game has to offer. This is about to change, though, with Nintendo's upcoming subscription service requiring an extra $19.99 / £17.99 / €19.99 per year to play. Will players refuse to pay an extra $20 a year for something they've been receiving for free up until now, and will online lobbies take a hit as fewer players are able to join in the fun?
Splatoon 2 producer Hisashi Nogami doesn't appear to be too concerned about the imminent change. Speaking with Polygon, Nogami-san acknowledges that it will likely have an influence on the game in some ways, but focuses more on how the subscription will allow for additional support in the future.
“We don’t think it will have no influence, we imagine it will have some sort of influence or effect by the addition of Nintendo Switch Online. [But] we want to use Nintendo Switch Online’s addition as a way to redouble our commitment to the community and reaffirm for them that we’re going to support this game more and more.”
This appears to be confirmation that the online subscription will go towards further funding for the game, allowing the development team to continue its tradition of regular updates featuring new stages, weapons, and more. If you're a fan of the game and have the means to do so, this might be enough to convince you to get a subscription, but it doesn't really provide any hope for the other concerns present here.
Nogami goes on to explain that “the main thing [they] want to maintain is this even playing field for players", clearly hoping that Nintendo Switch Online won't create barriers between players in what is currently an open and accepting community. Naturally, though, those who can't afford to maintain a subscription, or children unable to make the purchase themselves, will soon be left out in the cold. Time will tell just how much of an impact the change will have.
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