Switch Online, Nintendo’s new upcoming subscription-based online service has been anticipated for quite some time now. We’ve known about the service for what seems like forever, but it’s still yet to be fully released. It was set to launch late last year but has since been pushed back to September. That’s not too long from now, but Nintendo hasn’t really said too much about it. We do know at least its main features will be cloud-saves and access to free NES titles that have been upgraded with online multiplayer functionality. A reporter from Waypoint recently sat down with Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime from an interview. One topic that was brought up was Switch Online.
Reggie didn’t say much beyond what has already been mentioned, but he did at least state when we can expect to get some more information. That is, Nintendo will open up more about it as the launch of the service draws closer.
Here’s a bit of what he had to say:
“What I would say is that we’ve got a number of months until the service launches. We’ll continue to provide detail as we go. Right now the message is that it’s launching in September. Fundamentally there are three elements to the service: connected play, the cloud saves, and the legacy content.”
The last part of that quote was “we’re going to continue providing more details as we get…” Since the end is clearly incomplete, it’s likely that Reggie may have actually said: “as we get closer to launch”.
Personally, I find it rather odd that Nintendo is taking such a slow approach to talking about the service. At this point, we’re a little over three months out before the launch. Hopefully this isn’t an indicator that another delay is on the horizon.