Here’s some good news if you are a Switch user who wants to play Fortnite. When Nintendo set a launch date for its Switch Online service, there was one unanswered question on many gamer’s minds. Will we need to pay to play every game online, especially free-to-play hits like Fortnite? The answer is apparently a no.
The company has posted a Switch Online FAQ that mentions “some games,” including Fortnite, won’t require the subscription plan when it goes live on September 18th. However, we don’t know what the criteria will be to make this a deciding factor. We are hoping that other free-to-play games, like Warframe, also make the cut.
The policy is similar to Sony’s approach to PlayStation Plus, which exempts free-to-play games, and would give Nintendo an edge over Microsoft’s strict Xbox Live Gold requirement for all online titles.
It makes sense since Nintendo likely doesn’t want to alienate millions of players by requiring a subscription for the hottest free-to-play games, and it’s not exactly losing a lot of revenue if those gamers never pay Switch Online’s $20 per year fee. So it isn’t really surprising that it would work this way. This news will make Fortnite players happy.