The Pokemon company hosted a press conference last week putting an end to the rumors by officially announcing Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go! Eevee for Nintendo Switch.
Like other games, Pokemon confirmed that Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go! Eevee will feature online gameplay which is really good to have but everyone has been confused about whether or not we will have to subscribe to Nintendo’s online service to play the game online on Nintendo Switch.
The Pokemon Company has now confirmed that indeed you will need Nintendo Switch Online subscription to take advantages of the online features which includes fighting or exchanging Pokemon in the game.
This was confirmed by Eurogamer who received a statement from The Pokemon Company making everything clear about the online features of the game
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will have online play functionality. Battling and trading with other players over the internet or locally will be available in these games,” the spokesperson said.
However, the feature set will be somewhat simplified in comparison to previous games in that there is no GTS, Wonder Trade, or Battle Spot (Rating Battle, Free Battle, and Online Competition, etc.) for example. Further details will be revealed at a later date.
An active membership for the Nintendo Switch Online service, which is scheduled to begin in September of this year, will be required to access these features.”
It has been also made clear that the functionality will be limited as it will not include Battle Spot or Global Trading System which has been a part of older games.
As for the Nintendo Switch online service, it will cost you $3.99 for 1 month, $7.99 for 3 months and $12.99 for 12 months.
Interestingly, you can now even pre-order the Nintendo online service on Amazon and the service will start on 30th September.