Nintendo will kick off its own paid online service, the Switch Online, later this year, making anyone who wishes to continue to play Splatoon 2 pay for its $20/year online service. This might turn some players off, however, Splatoon 2’s Producer, Hisashi Nogami, isn’t too worried about it.
Speaking to Polygon, Nogami acknowledges that the paid online service will certainly have some impact on the game but they will want to use the Switch Online features to continue to support the game.
“We don’t think it will have no influence,” Nogami said. “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 even added that they will continue to work on making the playing field even for all players.
“It’s not to say that there’s no possibility that we’ll ever consider releasing some paid premium multiplayer content,” he explained, which would add another barrier of entry to Splatoon fans. “The main thing we want to maintain is this even playing field for players.”