Nintendo will be launching its awaited Switch Online service on September 18th. It’s a multiplayer access service much like PlayStation Plus. It will cost $20 per year and will be available with a seven-day free trial from Nintendo’s eShop. Many have been wondering what this would mean for free-to-play multiplayer titles like Fortnite and would be delighted to know that Fortnite is exempt, meaning that players won’t need to a Switch Online subscription to play the game on Nintendo’s console.
Nintendo has posted a Switch Online FAQ on its website which confirms that some titles such as Fortnite will not need a subscription of Switch Online for multiplayer access when it goes live on September 18th.
The FAQ doesn’t mention the criteria that these free-to-play multiplayer games have to fulfill in order to get an exemption but it’s highly likely that other titles would be added to the list as well down the road.