When the Switch Online paid service goes live later this year, you'll have to pay to play Splatoon 2 online. Paying the $20 fee will grant you access to online play for Splatoon 2 for the entire year, but if you don't pay, you'll be left out in the cold. Does this mean we're about to see the player base for Splatoon 2 shrink in a major way? Producer Hisashi Nogami isn't too worried.
“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.”
Nogami's comments would seem to indicate that more content is going to hit Splatoon 2 to show fans that the game will continue to get support even after the paid online service launches. Could that mean there will be content made available that users will have to pony up some cash for?
“It’s not to say that there’s no possibility that we’ll ever consider releasing some paid premium multiplayer content. The main thing we want to maintain is this even playing field for players.”