Nintendo’s messaging about its online for Switch wasn’t too clear upon its reveal last week, but a recent interview with Nintendo of America COO Reggie Fils-Aimé have shed some light on what it will look like.
As Nintendo stated during the Switch Presentation, its next console’s online service will be free of cost at launch, but will become a subscription (read: paid) service in fall 2017.
Reggie told YouTuber ProJared that players can choose to pay a monthly or yearly fee, and that the charge has yet to be specified.
At launch, the Switch’s online component will be pretty bare-bones. Voice chat and online lobbies are set to debut in fall, and those features will seemingly have to be accessed via a smartphone app that Nintendo are currently developing.
It is unclear whether or not this app will be the only way to do voice chat, but what Reggie told ProJared suggests that that functionality will not be accessible directly through the console.
“There will be voice chat available through the application that we are developing, which is very cool”, he said.
His reasoning for not making this available on the Switch itself is that the system is portable.
“Having it as a part of a smartphone application ensures that it’s always there with you”, he explained.
Subscribers will also have access to one free NES or SNES Virtual Console game with added online functionality every month. The catch is that this game is basically a one-month rental, unlike Games With Gold, whose games you keep forever, or PlayStation Plus, whose games are yours until your subscription expires.
To sweeten the deal, subscribers will also have “exclusive offers” for their digital purchases.
Non-subscribers will still have the ability to add friends and share screenshots abd video via the Switch’s Record Button, but everything else will be locked behind the paywall.
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