Splatoon team may double down on multiplayer content
Splatoon 2 fans got a surprise during E3 when the Switch shooter received its first paid DLC content, Octo Expansion. Speaking in a recent interview with Polygon, however, Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami thinks that might be the last paid single player content this series entry sees.
Of course, Nintendo begin their paid online subscription service later this year, which will cause players to pay an annual fee to keep on blasting with their fellow squid kids, a service that has been gratis up until now. It seems that Nogami and the Splatoon team are going to go in harder on providing multiplayer content going forward, perhaps in an effort to offset the sudden increase in cost required to be a part of the Inkopolis party.
“We imagine it will have some sort of influence or effect by the addition of Nintendo Switch Online,” Nogami said, “(But) we want to use Nintendo Switch Online’s addition as a way to redouble our commitment to the community and reaffirm for them that we’re going to support this game more and more… It’s not to say that there’s no possibility that we’ll ever consider releasing some paid premium multiplayer content. The main thing we want to maintain is this even playing field for players.”
Splatoon 2 has had an excellent run to date, building a thriving and friendly community of players. The only silver lining here being that the Nintendo subscription service doesn’t break the bank too much. Still, it will suck to suddenly start stumping up cash for previously free features. Hopefully this doesn’t hurt the Splatoon 2 community, or the game’s surely inevitable sequel, in the long run.