The Nintendo Switch Online service is a new subscription-based network service similar to that of PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. It was supposed to launch in the fall of last year, but was pushed back before that date came. Nintendo revealed just a few days ago that Switch Online will now be launching in September 2018, which is still quite a ways away. The large shift in launch dates along with a lack of specific details as to what all features will be offered with Switch Online has left a lot of folks wondering what on earth is going on with the service and what can be expected.
Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima was joined by Nintendo Representative Director Shinya Takahashi during a Q&A session at the company’s recent financial briefing. The two commented on Switch Online; while neither of them mentioned exact details, they did allude to some interesting things.
President Kimishima mentioned that Switch Online as “one component of our efforts to diversify how games are played and to get people to play more of our games.” He also said that Nintendo wants to “apply substantial resources to the online online service”. He confirmed that Nintendo will eventually announce more specific plans.
Director Takahashi then chimed in saying that Nintendo has some “ideas about how to make Switch Online appealing” and that Nintendo’s next announcement “will be worth the wait.”
Here are the full quotes from both:
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.
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.
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.
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