For some Splatoon 2 players, today is the end of the world. No, it’s not another rising-oceans apocalypse like the one that occurred centuries ago in Splatoon lore—but it is the last day of free online play and the advent of Nintendo Switch Online.
Nintendo’s paid online service goes live today, and it’s splitting the playerbase. For those who can’t afford to pay, object to paying, or are kids who can’t convince their parents to dole out another 20 dollars a year, these are the last few hours Splatoon 2 will be live, and the result is an Inkopolis Square filled with doomsayer squids holding up their last messages like apocalyptic signs.
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Some of the messages are heartwarming, with squid-kids posting fond farewells to their friends and former teammates.
Others are trying to find some kind of silver lining, whether that means retreating back to the original Splatoon… or just making memes.
And others… well, others just laugh in the face of the bleak reality that capitalism has wrought.
The update that brings Nintendo Switch Online should be arriving tonight, if it’s not already live by the time you read this. Tomorrow will show what the future holds for Splatoon 2—whether that’s an empty, exclusive plaza where only the richest squids remain and the common sealife is left in the dust, or a game that looks, well, pretty much the same as it always did.