Nintendo revealed all kinds of details about Splatoon 3 during a special Direct broadcast this afternoon.
The free Splatoon 3 demo will be available to all Switch owners from August 18. A Splatfest World Premiere will then start for everyone on August 27 at 10:00 AM Dutch time. Players can choose from one of three teams – Team Rock, Team Scissors, and Team Paper – to participate in this special Splatfest.
Splatoon 3: Everything We Know so Far
The game itself will be released on Nintendo Switch on September 9. The Direct broadcast reveals all the details about the game, including the game’s three main modes: Ground War, Salmon Run, and a new story mode called Return of the Mammalians.
The Ground War multiplayer mode takes place in Splatsville. As usual, these are four-on-four battles in which players have to cover the arena with as much ink from their own team as possible. Several new techniques are available, such as a wall boost to quickly swim against walls, as well as new and returning levels. Twelve levels will be available on release, but more levels will be added after release. As usual, several Splatfests will follow after and after release.
Salmon Run is a co-op mode that was already introduced in Splatoon 2. In this, a team of four players must defeat hordes of Salmonite bosses and collect golden eggs. Salmon Run can be played at any time in Splatoon 3, unlike Splatoon 2, where the mode was available on a regular basis. A Big Run also takes place every few months, during which Salmonites invade the city where Inklings and Octolings live.
The new story mode is called Return of the Mammalians. Here players take on the role of Agent 3 and take on the evil Octarians. Together with Salmini, players explore all kinds of levels.
Nintendo is also introducing a dedicated online service for Splatoon 3 called SplatNet 3. It will be available in the Switch Online smartphone app. Here you can view stats, order special gear not available in in-game stores, and use ink points earned from battles to aid Pelles Globe Tour. SplatNet 3 will be available in the app upon release.
Splatoon 3 Pre-release Demo
Nintendo has said that you’ll be able to try out Splatoon 3 before it comes out on September 9 through a limited-time demo. The demo will be available to download from the Nintendo eShop on August 18, and it will be partly playable on August 25.
With the Splatfest World Premiere on August 27, however, the demos will really get going. You can join the first Splatfest for Splatoon 3 and fight for one of three teams: Rock, Paper, or Scissors. It will last for 12 hours. During the Splatfest, you can try out both the game’s traditional 4v4 Turf War and the new, more chaotic 4-v-2-v-2 Tricolor Turf War.
To take part in the Splatfest, you need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. To make sure as many people as possible can take part, Nintendo is giving 7-day free trials to those who download the demo. You can use this even if you’ve already had a free trial.
All the weapons from the previous Splatoon games will be back in Splatoon 3, but there are at least two new ones: the bow-like Tri-Stinger, which fires a spread shot of paint and can be charged up for a powerful shot, and the Splatana Wiper, which looks like a windshield wiper but sends out waves of ink. It, too, can be made stronger by charging it up.
You can also earn new special weapons in the middle of a battle. The Tacticooler is a refrigerator full of drinks that boost your stats. The Wave Breaker is a sonic emitter that does damage in a circular wave. The Reefslider is a shark-shaped float that blows up and splatters ink everywhere. Tenta Missiles, Inkjet, Ink Storm, Ultra Stamp, and Booyah Bomb are also back from the previous games.
It wouldn’t be a competitive multiplayer game without new places to fight. Scorch Gorge, Mincemeat Metalworks, Eeltail Alley, and Undertow Spillway are some of the new places you can fight in Splatoon 3. It will also bring back stages from previous games, such as Hammerhead Bridge, Museum d’Alfonsino, and Mahi-Mahi Resort. Nintendo says the game will have 12 stages at launch, with more to come in free updates after launch.
Here’s the list of all stages in Splatoon 3:
- Scorch Gorge
- Eeltail Alley
- Hagglefish Market
- Undertow Spillway
- Mincemeat Metalworks
- Hammerhead Bridge
- Museum D’Alfonsino
- Mahi-Mahi Resort
- Inkblot Art Academy
- Sturgeon Shipyard
- Wahoo World
New Game Mods
Every Splatoon game has Turf War as its main mode, and this one is no different. However, Splatoon 3 adds a lot of new modes. So, we have a new Ranked mode with slightly different rules, as well as new Anarchy Battles and a brand-new X Battle mode for players who do well in these Anarchy clashes and get high ranks. During the presentation, we also saw a brand-new monthly event called “Big Run.” In this event, players will have to defend Splatsville from an invasion of Salmonids.
New amiibo figures based on the game, including Octoling Boy, Inkling Girl, and Salmini, are also due for release this winter. By scanning the amiibo, people can save their favorite gear and then change themselves very quickly.
Finally, Nintendo announces that updates will continue to be released for Splatoon 3 for about two years. A free seasonal catalog will be released every three months. At the same time, new weapons, tournaments, and levels also need to be added. Large-scale, paid downloadable content is also planned, but no further information is known about it yet.
You can watch the full Direct broadcast below, as well as a shorter video about the popular trio called Deep Cut. Splatoon 3 will be released on Nintendo Switch on September 9.