Nintendo had one last Nintendo Direct today focusing on Splatoon 2 before it launches. The highly anticipated sequel will once again put players in control of Inklings as they fight for control of map by covering it with ink.
While many of the core mechanics remain the same, Nintendo has some tricks up its sleeve to make Splatoon 2 stand apart from its predecessor. One of the major additions is a single-player campaign. The plot follows Callie, one of the Squid Sisters, and her disappearance. Players will have to find her as they fight through various obstacles and bosses. Nintendo says this will be a great way for players to learn the basics of the game and try out the different weapons. This year’s E3 confirmed to us that Splatoon 2 will indeed be running in 1080p and 60 frames-per-second, so performance will not be an issue with the title.
Since the Nintendo Switch features different ways to play – handheld or docked – Nintendo has decided to give players the option to change the look sensitivities depending on your play mode. You can have your handheld sensitivity differ from your docked, giving you complete control over how you like to play. Players will also be able to save a loadout to Splatoon amiibo. By doing this, all a player will have to do is tap that amiibo and their loadout will change, depending on what was saved to the amiibo.
Like its predecessor, Splatoon 2 will receive a good amount of post-launch support in the form of new weapons, gear and stages. This support will last around a year but Nintendo also announced support will continue after that in the form of Splatfests.
Splatfests are events hosted by the Squid Sisters where players have to choose a side to represent as they battle it out against the other team. The main hub and stages are redecorated for the event and the player will receive an exclusive Splatfest shirt just for the event. At least, that’s how it worked in the first Splatoon, so we can’t say for sure it will be the same in Splatoon 2. Splatfest support will continue for at least two years after launch.
Also new to Splatoon 2 is SplatNet 2. When the Nintendo Switch Online app launches on July 21, players will have access to a specific service for the game that will allow players to check various things in the game. These features include information regarding stage schedules, gear and states, and players can check their lifetime inkage, a feature that shows how much turf a player has inked compared to real-life areas. The Nintendo Switch Online app allows users to invite other players to join Private Battles, League Battles, Salmon Run and Splatfest Battles, as well as communicate with those players using voice chat.
A demo for the first Splatfest of Splatoon 2 will be held July 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. PT (6-10 p.m. ET) and will be available free of charge. You can find out exactly what time this is in your part of the world here. The demo can be download on the eShop starting later today.
Splatoon 2 launches July 21 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. If you missed today’s Nintendo Direct, you can check it out in its entirety below.
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