Nintendo will soon be joining up with Sony and Microsoft in charging their players for access to online multiplayer. Nintendo Switch Online launches this September, at which point the currently-free online features of Switch will become part of a $20 a year service that includes access to classic games. Nintendo has previously indicated that not all online games will require this service, and today we may have a clearer picture of which games will be excluded from the paywall.

Resetera user ggx2ac browsed through the Switch eShop and noticed some interesting differences in game descriptions. Many games on the online store contain a message alerting players that “From the full launch of the Nintendo Switch Online membership service in 2018, online play requires a paid membership.” However, this message is absent from numerous free-to-play games, including:

  • Paladins
  • Fortnite
  • Pok√©mon Quest
  • Dawn of the Breakers
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Galak-Z: Variant S
  • Zaccaria Pinball
  • The Pinball Arcade
  • Kitten Squad
  • Pinball FX3

While this shouldn’t be taken as official confirmation, it’s a good sign that free-to-play games will remain truly free. Nintendo Switch Online launches next month, so Nintendo should be pulling back the curtain and making more reveals in the following weeks.

Source: Resetera

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