While Nintendo’s Switch is slowly but surely gathering a library of titles that any fighting game fans looking to play on the go can enjoy, it currently lacks some of the online features of other consoles. While it’s certainly possible to play online with various Switch titles, the system is currently lacking features such as voice chat and a lobby system. These are all supposed to come with a future paid online service in the vein of PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live.
For those eagerly awaiting this service, it looks like you’ll have to wait a bit more. Nintendo Italy briefly updated their website for the online service, stating that it would launch in the Fall of 2018.
This update was quickly reverted back to stating a general 2018 window, reflecting what Nintendo announced at E3. Originally meant to launch last year, Nintendo then delayed the online service to sometime in 2018. The service is meant to add features such as voice chat and online lobbies through the use of a companion app for smartphones. Pricing is currently planned at $3.99 per month, with discounted rates for those who subscribe for multiple months ($7.99 for three months, $19.99 for 12 months).