Nintendo closed out the first Nintendo Direct of the year with a hugely exciting announcement: Splatoon 3 is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022! With a whole new region, new options and enhanced gameplay, we simply cannot wait to see more.
The game trailer starts off with an Inkling out in the wasteland, an upended Eiffel Tower in the background. You’ve left Inkopolis behind in Splatoon 3 and ventured off to the Splatlands, at the heart of which a new city to splatter your way through resides: Splatsville, AKA the “City of Chaos”. If the dystopian transformation wasn’t clue enough, it seems that the result of the Final Splatfest had a real and lasting impact on the series’ story going forward!
Splatoon 3 introduces a few new features for the paint-based shooter, including new weapons like bows, more options to customise your character (there’s more hairstyles including both Inkling and Octoling styles, and they’re no longer gender specific) and your own Small Fry little buddy, and new movement abilities.
Turf War is back as the main mode, of course, but now with an unusual twist of having you launch into the map from up high.
There’s sure to be plenty more of the game yet to be revealed between now and launch, and the game is likely more than a year away. Still, for fans of Splatoon on the Wii U and the sequel that launched in the first few months of the Nintendo Switch’s life, this is some of the best news they could get.
In our Splatoon 2 review, I wrote:
A fairly straightforward sequel to one of the Wii U’s best games, Splatoon 2’s unique take on the online multiplayer shooter is as fresh as ever on Switch. Nintendo still have one foot in the past with online functionality, stubbornly sticking to their (paint) guns when they should be learning from others, but these flaws are easily covered up once you get into a game. At its heart, Splatoon 2 is a second helping of one of the most inventive shooters of the last decade.
Here’s looking forward to Splatoon 3 taking the series to new heights in 2022.