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Splatoon 2 producer talks about how the Switch Online paid service will impact the game, open to paid premium multiplayer content

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.”

Tags: eshop, switch
Games: Splatoon 2

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medisti
Sun Jun 24 18 06:43pm
Rating: 6

When I need my daily dose of negativity, I just head over to GoNintendo and look for Sligeach_eire. It perks me up by reminding me that there's at least one person out there has no happiness left in them, and suddenly my problems all seem so petty. Thank you for brightening my sad days.

Ah Splatoon 1. Never had these issues and we got content for a long time. They've got the ball rolling with paid single player DLC. Wouldn't surprise me if there's paid multiplayer DLC content, probably starting with the 3rd installment of the franchise. They've got to establish the franchise before charging people. I don't know if it would be a detrimental change to its popularity.

medisti
Sun Jun 24 18 06:43pm
Rating: 6

When I need my daily dose of negativity, I just head over to GoNintendo and look for Sligeach_eire. It perks me up by reminding me that there's at least one person out there has no happiness left in them, and suddenly my problems all seem so petty. Thank you for brightening my sad days.

lokamp
Mon Jun 25 18 02:28am
(Updated 1 time)

With the Online Tax looming from a distance, however, you can't say that such a reaction is entirely unwarranted, either.

t27duck
Sun Jun 24 18 03:37pm
Rating: 1

Let's see them "support this game more and more" by actually implementing some security and check systems to keep the hackers out if we have to start paying for this.

Splatoon is p2p. It doesn't cost Nintendo a penny. If they created dedicated servers, they could keep the hackers out and detect them more easily. Nintendo really should be doing this, I hope they don't charge people for nothing in return.

Sun Jun 24 18 04:18pm
(Updated 1 time)

This, but it'd also great if they continue adding additional multiplayer content. Other than Smash Bros I can't think of a more popular online multiplayer game by Nintendo. As far as I know, not even Mario Kart 8D is as popular online as Splatoon (although MK is a great local multiplayer party game). So if they want to give a good reason why people should pay for online, let the continued support for Splatoon be a solid reason.

If they weren't considering it, then I'd say they would be bad at their jobs. Nintendo can consider making stuff like this and loot boxes all they want. Just like they considered payed online for the Wii, actual online for the Gamecube, using DVDs for the Gamecube, etc. Not everything they consider happens. But they should consider it, as they should have used DVDs and online for GameCube, but that is unrelated.

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