Whether other current games will use the Nintendo Switch Online app in similar ways to Splatoon 2 remains to be seen. And following today's Splatoon 2-themed Nintendo Direct, we now have a better idea of how the app will work, and some of the added value it might bring. Through the app, players will be able to engage in voice chats with their friends, invite other users to online matches, and assemble teams.
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Nintendo told fans that in Splatoon 2, players will be able to invite others via the Online app to League Battles, Private Battles, and Splatfest Battles across social media and other services. Nintendo will charge $3.99 for a one-month membership, $7.99 for three months and $19.99 for a year subscription.
We'll get a small taste of Splatoon 2 ahead of its July 21 release thanks to a new free demo. Unfortunately, gamers won't have access to the free games coming with the service until the paid version launches.
That the people deploying the lack of vocal chat and therefore of teamplay in Splatoon 1 are reassured, Splatoon 2 will have a voice chat through the mobile application of the Switch. It will also allow players to order in-game items. Nintendo has been rather reticent in allowing online services due to security concerns regarding youthful players.
Gear is available for purchase, which can then be picked up later in the game's hubworld Inkopolis Square.