After the long-awaited, fun-filled Nintendo Direct, fans were gifted with the final announcement of Splatoon 3’s upcoming arrival in 2022.
February 2021’s Nintendo Direct was one fans had been waiting for, coming over 500 days after the last one, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. With huge announcements like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 characters Pyra and Mythra coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the upcoming Nintendo Switch rerelease, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, the event finished off strong with the announcement of Splatoon 3 for the Nintendo Switch, coming 2022.
Splatoon 3 comes four years after its predecessor Splatoon 2’s release in 2017 for the Nintendo Switch. Splatoon 3 appears to introduce a slew of new features and mechanics, including new weapons, moves, customization options, and a whole new setting of the city of Splatsville. In addition to this plethora of new content, the Salmonid makes its return to Splatoon 3 in a different, yet endearing way. A variant of the Salmonid, called a “Smallfry”, appears to have an amicable relationship with the Inklings, a far displacement from the previous role of Salmonids in Splatoon 2. While little is currently known about the role of the Smallfry, it endearingly follows Inklings around like a pet and harbors a “symbiotic” relationship with them.
Splatoon 3 also brings us to the new city of Splatsville, a bustling municipality that is nicknamed the “city of chaos”. It is located in a domain known as the Splatlands, an area notorious for its blistering heat and harsh environmental conditions. Located far from Inkopolis, Splatsville is said to have developed speedily in the aftermath of the Final Splatfest a year and a half prior.
The vast, nature-filled expanses of the Splatlands have also become a popular location for Turf War activities of the Splatsville inhabitants. Inklings enter the Splatlands’ battlefields via surfing on midair vehicles that resemble drones, and they may even designate their own landing points.
Splatoon 3 introduces new movement techniques for the Inklings, including the “squid roll”, where they leap and twirl out of ink, and the “squid surge,” which enables them to swiftly travel up walls covered in ink and spring out at the top.
New and improved weapons will also be available in Splatoon 3, including the addition of a bow-like weapon that can fire three “arrows” of ink jet streams. Special weapons will make their return as well, with some receiving upgrades from their Splatoon 2 renditions. Furthermore, classic weapons will also be available, but will take on an enhanced appearance in Splatoon 3 to better fit into the environment and culture of the Splatlands and Splatsville.
More information regarding Splatoon 3 has yet to be announced. The game is currently set for release in 2022.