Later this year, Nintendo Switch owners will be able to play Splatoon 3, the latest instalment in the quirky and colourful multiplayer shooter series from Nintendo.
Splatoon 3 will include a new single-player campaign and a slew of new weapons, enemies, moves, and customizations. Its new region, the Splatlands, is what we’re most excited about. With the Splatlands, players can ink up a scorched desert inhabited by battle-hardened Inklings and Octolings, a setting very different from the bustling cities and trippy, otherworldly landscapes of previous games.
Splatoon 2’s release date hasn’t been announced, but we do know that it will be out in “Summer 2022.” (so sometime between June and September). Because of this, there isn’t much more time to go.
There is still much to learn about Splatoon 3, but what we have learned thus far has us eager to play Nintendo’s next ink-fueled multiplayer title. Want to know all the nitty-gritty details? Splatoon 3 is set to arrive on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2019.
Splatoon 3: the quick and dirty
What’s the matter with this? Splatoon 2, Nintendo’s wacky competitive multiplayer shooter, has arrived.
When will I be able to access it? “Summer of 2022″” (June-September)
What kind of device can I use to listen to this? Playstation 4
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SPLATOON 3 RELEASE DATE AND PLATFORMS
Splatoon 3 is slated for release in “Summer 2022” (i.e., between June and September of that year), but no specific date has been announced just yet.
This release window follows the series’ usual release pattern, though it may be closer to Splatoon 2’s release month than the original game. Splatoon and Splatoon 2 had worldwide release dates of May 2015 and July 2017.
A release date has not yet been announced, but we do know that Splatoon 3 is a Nintendo exclusive, and as a result will only be available on the Nintendo Switch line of consoles, which includes the original Nintendo Switch as well as its Lite and OLED versions.
SPLATOON 3 TRAILERS
A look at Splatoon 3’s Salmon Run: Next Wave co-op mode was shown during the Nintendo Direct in February 2022, which was held in Tokyo. To fight Salmonids (including a giant boss known as “Flipper-Flopper”), the Inklings are shown being dropped from the sky into a battle zone. Here’s a link to see it:
The September 23, 2021 Nintendo Direct presentation featured Splatoon 3’s return. We’ve seen more gameplay from Turf War, including new superpowered special attacks. Splatoon 3’s single-player campaign, dubbed Return of the Mammalians, was also shown off at the event. It’s all down below.
We got our first look at Splatoon 3 in the game’s announcement trailer. Splatoon 2’s Salmon Run mode’s enemies, the Salmonids, are prominently featured in the trailer’s opening sequence. This appears to be the beginning of your playable Inkling’s customization process.
Gender options (the ability to play as a male or female Inkling) appear to have been removed. Nintendo appears to have scrapped the requirement for players to select one of two genders, allowing for a variety of hairstyles, eye colours, and legwear. This is a huge step forward in terms of diversity, as it opens up previously unavailable hairstyles to players of all genders.
After that, we get a glimpse of what appears to be a single-player mode. In a post-apocalyptic, arid landscape, the ruins of the Eiffel Tower appear to have been suplexed by someone, as the structure is half-buried upside down in the ground. Once they arrive in Splatsville, the Inklings board a train and arrive in the city’s new hub.
The final scene of the trailer shows off Splatoon’s well-known competitive multiplayer mode, which appears largely unchanged aside from some new weapon types and a new way to enter an arena at the start of a match. Here’s a link to see it:
WHAT IS SPLATOON 3?
Third and final instalment of Splatoon series, Splatoon 3. Wii U’s Splatoon and Nintendo Switch’s Splatoon 2 are the first two games in the Splatoon series to be released.
As with previous games in the series, players in Splatoon 3 have the option to choose whether or not they want to play as an Octoling or an Inkling (which they can customise) in multiplayer battles. Inklings and Octolings are adorable humanoids with the ability to transform into squids or octopi to swim through coloured ink.
Splatoon’s gameplay is heavily influenced by this feature. When playing in Turf War, the game’s most popular multiplayer mode, two teams of four players are tasked with covering the map in their ink as much as possible. This is done through the use of the player’s weapon loadout. Weapons in Splatoon fire coloured ink rather than bullets, in keeping with Nintendo’s family-friendly vibe, and can be used to cover the map as per the objective or temporarily incapacitate your opponents.
From the Splattershots to the actual paint roller, Splatoon has a wide variety of weapons. Each weapon has its own sub-weapons and powerful special weapons. A crab-walking, multi-legged vehicle known as the Crab Tank and an ink-firing bazooka known as the Trizooka will be added to Splatoon 3’s arsenal (more on this below).
Fun, fast-paced action awaits in Turf War, where two teams battle it out to claim the most territory while keeping their rivals at bay. Faster movement and surprise attacks can be achieved by swimming through your team’s ink at will. Your opponent’s ink, on the other hand, will significantly slow you down and cause long-term damage. Each match is a frantic scramble as the music gets louder and louder as the rounds progress.
Salmon Run, the cooperative horde mode from Splatoon 2, will return in Splatoon 3 for cooperative multiplayer action against waves of AI-controlled enemies. ‘Salmon Run: The Next Wave’ is the name of this latest instalment.
A new egg-throwing mechanic has been added to keep things fresh, and the Splatoon 3 Twitter account has highlighted a few new enemies that players will encounter. Salmonids, “Flipper Floppers”, and “unfathomably terrifying” King Salmonid are just a few of the creatures that Nintendo has promised to reveal in the future.
However, multiplayer isn’t everything. For the first time, Splatoon 3 will feature a single-player storey mode. An Alterna-based mode called Return of the Mammalians will allow players to “take control of Agent 3 and fight alongside the New Squidbeak Splatoon” in a battle against “the evil Octarian army”.
In a Squid Research Lab post last year, Nintendo revealed that the campaign, as hinted by its title, will see the return of Mammals, long thought to be extinct in the world of Splatoon.
A “trusty little Smallfry buddy” will be on hand to assist Agent 3 in their investigation into the mysterious substance known as “Fuzzy Ink,” which Inklings appear to be unable to handle well.
Splatoon 3 appears to have a mode for everyone, with the competitive Turf War, the cooperative Salmon Run, and the single-player storey mode.