Last month, there was a rumour circulating that multiplayer free-to-play titles on the Switch would not be impacted by Nintendo's online service. This followed with the third-party developer Tencent confirming this with its very own game release, Arena of Valor.
If this wasn't already enough proof, Nintendo has now provided an official statement in the Switch Online FAQ. Free-to-play online games such as Fortnite will be exempt from membership requirements. Here's the confirmation:
Beginning September 18, 2018, a Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to participate in co-op and competitive online features for many first- and third-party Nintendo Switch games, including Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Some games, such as Fortnite, can be played online without a Nintendo Switch membership.
This is good news for these types of free-to-play games, ensuring online communities will continue to thrive. It's also handy for Switch owners who don't intend to purchase an online membership when the service goes live later this month.
What do you think about this? Are you glad online free-to-play games will remain accessible to everyone when the service goes live? Do you think this could draw players away from Nintendo's own paid online multiplayer experiences? Tell us below.