When All-Star Fruit Racing developer 3DClouds.it had admitted that they were uncertain whether they should “spend a lot of time and money” adding online multiplayer to the Nintendo Switch version, the reaction to its potential absence was, expectedly, negative.
It was an understandable concern when recognising that they are competing for attention with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and, soon, Team Sonic Racing. But the response has been head loud and clear, with publisher PQube confirming that the portable home console will support Online Matchmaking and Local Arena Network play.
“Previously stated, Online Functionality for Nintendo Switch was a difficult task for 3DClouds.it, after listening to a large amount of community feedback it was deemed a fruitful endeavour worth chasing,” the publisher explains.
“3DClouds.it were able to connect with Epic Games and the Unreal Engine 4 support team and we can now confirm that Online Functionality will be coming to the Nintendo Switch version to match other platforms – this will also include Local Arena Network functionality, allowing multiple Nintendo Switch consoles to pair up and play together.
“While we don’t have an exact date that this will be available – to those who purchase the Nintendo Switch version, we can confirm that it will be around the launch week or shortly thereafter! We will communicate this when we know a specific date.”
All-Star Fruit Racing will release for Nintendo Switch in Europe on July 13th and across North America on August 21st.