Nintendo Switch Online finally has a concrete launch date

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By the end of the month you'll no longer be able to play Nintendo games online for free, as Nintendo reschedules its cancelled Direct.

So if you want to play some co-op Splatoon 2 or maybe some ARMS, then you'll need one of these. Perhaps most immediately useful at launch, though, is its promise of allowing cloud saves for any games players have in progress. We're sure to get more info on the service during tomorrow's Direct, so we'll see what else is in store for the soon-to-come update.

While Switch Online will rid of the ability to play online multiplayer games for free, Nintendo is assuring users that not all online features will require a subscription from September. Native voice chat was incorporated into the port of Fortnite, so we know it's at least possible with the Switch.

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In addition to downloadable titles and extras available only to subscribers, Switch Online will serve as the console's gateway for online-enabled features regardless of game type.

There are two pricing plans: individual and family memberships. Both have offered online services for years, but at a much costlier price.

The Direct, which was rescheduled following the natural disaster that struck Hokkaido earlier this month, will include news on 3DS titles, Switch games and the long awaited Nintendo Switch Online service.

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