Nintendo has promised that their next announcement about the Nintendo Switch Online service “will be worth the wait.”
The subscription-based service will launch in September, and will be required to play online multiplayer and use the dedicated smart device app.
“We view the online service as one component of our efforts to diversify how our games are played and to get people to play more of our games. That is why we want to apply substantial resources to the online service, with the thinking that we will devote our energies to making this a for-pay service,” Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima explained at the company’s corporate management policy briefing.
“As for how we plan to popularize the service, it is less about the mechanism and more a question of what kinds of products we can offer, and the spread of the service will depend on whether consumers want what we offer. Please give us a bit more time to announce more details about the service. I think that announcement will convey to you how we plan to popularize the service.”
It was director Shinya Takahashi who added that news on the service “will be worth the wait,” sharing:
“We have some ideas about how to make Nintendo Switch Online appealing when it becomes a for-pay service, so I think our next announcement will be worth the wait.”
We already know how Nintendo Switch Online will be priced when it launches, what it will include, why it was pushed back into 2018, and that it will have “that extra Nintendo twist” to differentiate itself from competitors. But, we’ll have to wait until later in the year to learn precise details.