Nintendo has given us a glimpse of the Nintendo Switch‘s future with the surprise reveal of Splatoon 3 during its February and September Nintendo Direct presentations. Set in a new, desolate wasteland, the objective of the multiplayer remains the same — ink everything in sight. But what else is new in this sequel to one of the best multiplayer games on the Switch? Here’s everything we know about Splatoon 3 so far.
What is Splatoon 3?
Splatoon 3 is a multiplayer shooter and the third entry in the Splatoon series. Debuting on the Wii U in 2015, Splatoon is a unique team-based shooter where the objective isn’t to defeat your opponents, but to cover the playing field in your team’s ink. The team with the most area covered in their team’s goop wins.
Players take control of an Inkling, who is part squid and part kid and can transform on the fly. Players can use various paint-based attacks and weapons to cover the surface area and use their squid abilities to swim through their ink at high speeds.
What is an Inkling? What is an Octoling? Who is your Little Buddy?
Octolings were introduced in Splatoon 2. Sporting suckers just like an octopus, the Octolings were once brainwashed fighters for the Octarian military but have since been freed. Many of them joined Inkling society, hoping to start anew.
Your Little Buddy, introduced in Spaltoon 3, is a juvenile Salmonid called a Smallfry. While the species is normally dangerous, this one seems to have developed a bond with its Inkling owner.
How many players can play Splatoon 3?
Can I customize my character?
There are also many different weapons to suit all kinds of playstyles. In the teaser, we got a look at a new bow and arrow weapon. We’re sure to get a closer look at all the customization options at a later date.
Where does Splatoon 3 take place?
Where are the idols?
For now, the September 2021 Nintendo Direct showed Callie and Marie playing a part in the game’s single-player campaign, as part of the new Squidbeak Splatoon, who are on a mission to defeat the Octarian army. The Octarian army is still going strong, but this time, they seem to have a strange brown fur covering their body. Callie and Marie’s code names are Agents 1 and 2 respectively, and they seem to have a new captain who looks eerily like Agent 3 from the first Splatoon game.
Is Splatoon 3 single player?
A strange substance has plagued the landscape, which we now know is called Fuzzy Ink. Should a player come into contact with it, brown fur will sprout all over their body, and they’ll be rendered incapable of movement. Funnily enough, your Little Buddy seems to be unfazed by the new type of ink, even eating it! It looks like you’re going to need your Little Buddy to help you escape some hairy situations.
How much will Splatoon 3 cost?
When does Splatoon 3 release?