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Splatoon is back after a successful first game on the WiiU. Two years after the first Hero mode ended, the Inklings are back for more action to find Callie. Visually it looks great, the gameplay has been improved and there are more modes, gear and weapons than you can dream of. Multi-player haven for the Switch!

Splatoon 2 Story

A set of prologue stories to set up the plot of Splatoon 2, known as the Squid Sisters Stories, were released on the official website prior to release, detailing what had happened between the two games. The story opened approximately nine months after the final Splatfest event of the previous game, in which Marie proved victorious over her fellow Squid Sister, Callie. While the two girls seemed to carry on as normal afterward, the usually inseparable Squid Sisters began to spend more and more time apart due to their growing solo careers. With this on her mind, Marie began to worry about whether Callie had been negatively affected by the Splatfest result.

However, their worries were temporarily forgotten after the two spent an afternoon together. After going out of Inkopolis to see her parents, Marie returned home to discover Callie had gone missing and the Great Zapfish had once again been stolen. Fearing that the evil Octarians were again involved, and knowing that Inkopolis would react badly to the disappearance of Callie, Marie decided to find an Inkling recruit to infiltrate the Octarians’ headquarters, retrieve the Great Zapfish, and find out what happened to Callie.

Gameplay

Splatoon 2 -like its predecessor- is a multiplayer third-person shooter in which players control characters known as Inklings and use colored ink to attack opponents and clear goals. Inklings can alternate between humanoid form, during which they can fire ink with their weapons, and squid form, which allows them to swim through ink of their own color in order to move quickly and replenish ink supplies. The sequel adds new standard-, sub- and special weapons to the game, including dual-wield pistols, that allow the player to perform dodge rolls, and jetpacks. In addition to the original game’s Turf War mode, which involves two teams of four players trying to cover the most ground in their color of ink, the game adds new modes of play. Salmon Run, for example, is a co-operative mode in which up to four players team up to tackle waves of enemies.

The game will once again feature a single-player campaign, Hero Mode, in which the player must battle through various levels fighting the evil Octarians. Players can play multiplayer online through an internet connection or play locally, although the latter requires multiple consoles and copies of the game. The game also features LAN support for local private tournaments. Splatoon 2 will support Amiibo figures, which allow players to store their Inkling’s custom look and unlock additional content, and free updates are planned up to 12 months after the release of Splatoon 2. You’ll have plenty of Splatoon to play and in the meantime, a lot of stuff will be released on Switch. Also, check our article on why the Switch is here to stay!

Game Modes

Exact information is currently unknown, but Splatoon 2 features both new and revamped stages, weapons (such as the Splat Dualies), special weapons (such as the Splashdown and Inkjet), and gear items, as well as additional character customization in the form of hairstyles and pants. The game also allows for local multiplayer with up to eight people. Certain elements of the Heads-Up Display have also been revamped, showing the weapons each player has and whether their Special Weapons are ready to be used.

Private Battles are now available for Local Multiplayer, and a new feature called LAN Play allows docked Switches to play Private Battles on a LAN without an Internet connection. A spectating mode called Private Battle Spectator View has been added for Private Battles only. Judd is accompanied by a new cat with a smaller, younger and near-identical appearance to Judd’s, named Li’l Judd.

Salmon Run is a new co-op mode, in which players collect Power Eggs and Golden Eggs by defeating Salmonids in order to complete missions. League Battle is a new online mode, in which teams of two or four battle other teams to gain points in a two hour period.

The first Splatoon had a vivacious pair of squid sisters, Callie and Marie, who were the usual hosts of Splatfest. Since we learned that the pair has been split up, we’re getting brand new hosts in Splatoon 2. Meet Pearl and Marina, members of a pop duo called Off The Hook. The duo will be the new faces of the Splatfest. We don’t know much about them yet, but since we’re getting Splatfests for the next two years, it’ll be interesting to learn more about them when the time comes.

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Splatoon 2 Weapons

Main Weapons that are returning include

  • Blaster
  • Octobrush
  • Splattershot Pro
  • Dynamo Roller
  • Splash-o-matic
  • Slosher
  • Heavy Splatling
  • Splat Charger
  • Splatterscope
  • Splat Roller
  • Splattershot
  • Splattershot Jr.

New Main Weapons

  • Splat Dualies

Sub Weapons

  • Splat Bomb
  • Suction Bomb
  • Ink Mine
  • Squid Beakon
  • Splash Wall
  • Sprinkler
  • Burst Bomb

New Sub Weapons

  • Autobomb A sub weapon similar to the Seeker from Splatoon. After being thrown, the Autobomb homes in on an opponent within its radius, and then explodes when it gets close enough to its target.
  • Curling BombAnother sub weapon similar to the Seeker. When deployed, the Curling Bomb travels in a straight line across the floor, leaving a trail of Ink and bouncing off of any wall or obstacle it encounters. It explodes after it has traveled its maximum distance. The Curling Bomb’s timer can be shortened by holding it before release.
  • Toxic Mist A throwable sub weapon that creates a slowing Area-of-effect mist where it lands. It is reminiscent of the Disruptor from Splatoon in both appearance and effect.

 Extra’s

A limited-time global multiplayer demo for the game, known as the “Splatoon 2 Global Testfire”, was made available to play in March 2017. A special edition of Nintendo Treehouse Live was streamed during the first session, in which members of the Nintendo Treehouse participated in the demo. Similarly to the demo of the original game, it was only available to play for a specific time period: six one-hour play sessions across one weekend. Only two maps and four weapon sets were available to use. These play sessions were shared worldwide, allowing for testing of the global servers.

The game is set for release worldwide on 21 July 2017. Neon green and neon pink colored Joy-Con controllers and Splatoon-themed Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will be released alongside the game in Japan and Europe. A “game card-free version”, which features a download code inside of a game case instead of a game card, will also be released at retail in Japan, as well as a Switch hardware bundle including a download code for the game, released in Japan and Europe.

Announced today is the Splat-Fest Premiere on July 15th and it will run only on that date from 18:00 until 22:00. Switch owners just need to download the demo and are good to go. If you haven’t played Splatoon so far, be sure to check this event and see for yourself why it’s such a cool game.
Stay tuned for our gameplay review and  E-Sports updates on this website and our YouTube channel.

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Jorge Wolters Gregório

Gamer dad who loves the classics, indies, racers and the occasional shooter. Have been in the industry for well over a decade and am as enthusiastic as ever! #4theplayers