Splatoon 2 Latest News
Today’s Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct was so jam-packed with updates that we highly recommend that fans check out the nearly 30-minute long presentation in order to soak in every new detail:
If you’re looking for a quick rundown of the video’s highlights, however, we’ve got you covered.
– The Splatoon 2 mobile app will launch on July 21st for iOS and Android. Dubbed SplatNet 2, this app will allow players to view their career stats, set-up matches, purchase gear, and communicate with other players. This will be a part of the Nintendo Online mobile service, meaning that the app is free for the moment, but will go premium next year.
– Pearl and Marina will replace Marie and Callie as Splatoon 2‘s new pop singer duo. These two will be the new stars of Splatoon‘s vote-based Splatfests which will once again feature a musical performance complete with lights and decorations. The first Splatfest will be apparently be themed around cake and ice cream (naturally).
– A Splatoon 2 demo will be released for Nintendo Switch on Saturday, July 15. At present, it appears that the only function of this demo is to advance voting for the first Splatfest.
– Splatoon 2 will receive about a year’s worth of DLC releases that will include new weapons, levels and more. It’s not clear whether or not these DLC releases will be free or premium.
– Battle customization options have been greatly enhanced and will allow players to alter everything from loadouts to item effects.
– Splatoon 2‘s story mode continues to look like an actual campaign and not a series of matches against the A.I.
– Splatoon 2‘s hub world is loaded with shops and customization options. There’s even an in-game arcade that allows players to set-up custom matches and participate in minigames.
– Generally speaking, there is a lot more micromanagement in terms of weapons and abilities. It will be interesting to see whether or not this impacts the simplistic fun of the original title or enhances its long-term appeal.
– Turf War will benefit greatly from more dynamic and interactive levels.
Long update made short, Splatoon 2 is shaping up to be a fantastic sequel to an already great game.
Splatoon 2 Release Date
Splatoon 2 is out on July 21, 2017. The game is coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. Additionally, Nintendo will release a three pack of Splatoon Amiibos to coincide with the release of Splatoon 2.
Splatoon 2 Trailers
During the latest Nintendo Direct video, Nintendo showed off the first trailer for Splatoon 2‘s story mode. As previously predicted, this story mode will revolve around the Squid Sisters and will require players to help Marie defeat the Octarian army.
This trailer also seems to give the impression that Splatoon 2‘s campaign will actually be an entirely new game and not just a collection of multiplayer maps that pit you against bots. It looks quite promising.
Nintendo also announced that Splatoon 2 will launch with a horde-style mode called Salmon Run.
The mode works about like you’d expect. A horde of enemies invades a map and try to paint it their color. You and your team have to defeat the enemies and ensure that the map remains a friendly color. By and large, it functions as a PvE version of the classic Splatoon multiplayer experience. However, Salmon Run will feature some new mechanics – such as revivals – and some new enemies.
You can see the new mode in action via the Nintendo Direct announcement video below:
Despite previous rumors that suggested the Nintendo Switch version of Splatoon would only be an upgraded version of the original title, Nintendo has now confirmed that the Splatoon footage shown during the Switch’s reveal trailer is from Splatoon 2.
According to the well-dressed scientist (warning: may not actually be a scientist) who took the stage after the above trailer was shown, Splatoon 2 is going to make a few modifications to the original experience.
First off, Splatoon 2 will be playable across all three of the Nintendo Switch’s console options. That means you can play it on your TV, on the Switch’s built-in screen, or as a mobile title. Regardless of how you play, the big news is that Splatoon 2 will finally allow people in the same room to participate in proper competitive Splatoon matches. The footage shown even indicated that multiple consoles will be able to interact wirelessly for local multiplayer parties.
As for what’s new in the game itself, most of the updates appear to be cosmetic thus far. The visuals look a hair sharper overall which made it that much easier to appreciate the new character modification options available. Beyond that, we were afforded a brief glimpse at some of the game’s new weapons which so far include a paint-spewing rain cloud, an artillery style bazooka, and a pair of dual pistols capable of doubling as speed boosts.
Some have observed that Nintendo seems to be emphasizing the competitive gaming potential of the next Splatoon game, but, at the moment at least, we’re just happy to see that they’re expanding the accessibility of one of 2015’s best multiplayer experiences.
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Splatoon 2 Details
The first Splatoon‘s campaign wasn’t exactly on the level of Call of Duty 4, but it was a nice sideshow for those who grew a little weary of the multiplayer action.
According to Broken Joystick, the next Splatoon game will feature a new story campaign that will stake place two years after the first one. It will presumably deal with the conflict between the squid and octopi people and offer the same brand of collectible-based storytelling.
The Splatoon Twitter page also sent out a tweet and graphic that reveals how Splatoon‘s in-game communication is going to work. Players will be able to use the Switch smartphone app to invite and talk to friends prior to the game and while in the lobby. All players with the app will be able to speak to each other in the lobby, but only friends on the same team will be able to speak to each other once the match actually starts.
Nintendo has revealed a new map for Splatoon 2 via the game’s Japanese Twitter account.
According to a translation by Siliconera, the level appears to be called either Fujitsubo Sports Club or Barnacles Sports Club – they’re likely regional names – and takes place in a massive gym area complete with climbing wall, equipment, and a swimming pool.
There aren’t many details available at the moment regarding this new map, but the screenshot does seem to indicate that you will be able to scale the rock climb walls and mark them as your team’s territory.
Nintendo recently updated the Splatoon website with an interesting bit of information regarding the game’s campaign.
According to the Splatoon 2 prologue page, Splatoon 2‘s story will be partially designed around the results of the real-life Splatfest poll in which fans named Marie as their favorite in-game pop star. According to the teaser, the results of this vote may lead to a new mode called Squid Sisters Stories which begins with the fallout from Marie beating her sister Callie in the final round of the Splatfest competition.
Nintendo acknowledging the internet? We’re living in strange times indeed.