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Splatoon 2 is an online juggernaut for Nintendo, so fans might wonder how it’ll be affected by the company’s new online service. Luckily, the squid (and octopus) shooter will still get support after the online barrier goes up later this year.

It’s true that fewer players might be on the splattlefield once the online service requires payment, but in an interview with Polygon, Producer Hisashi Nogami says fans shouldn’t worry.

“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.”

I had the pleasure of attending the Splatoon World Championships during E3 and was ecstatic to hear that Nogami said Splatoon 2 will continue to receive support through the end of this year. The original plan was to support it through July, but the continued love and support from fans motivated the team to keep going. This means more modes, maps, weapons, and gear will keep popping up at least until the end of 2018. Hopefully this inspires Splatoon 2 owners to pay for the online service, so the Turf War lobby can stay full for years to come.


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