You know the story by now. To play a free-to-play game on the Xbox One, you need to spend money in the form of an Xbox Live subscription. On the PlayStation 4, you can get by with a free PS Plus sub. And it’s looking like Nintendo might not require anything for gamers looking to get their free-to-play fix on the Switch.
While Nintendo hasn’t announced any official policy regarding F2P games on the Switch, users on the ResetEra forums have noticed that that online games in the eShop have added a disclaimer stating that players soon will need to pay for an online service — unless the game is typically free-to-play, like Fortnite: Battle Royale or Paladins. Those games curiously lack that language, making people think that they won’t require an up-front fee.
That could just be an honest omission on Nintendo’s part, or it could be a de facto statement of policy. We’ll know for sure when Nintendo launches its online service for the Switch in September at a price of $7.99 for three months or $19.99 for 12 months.