Splatoon 3 (スプラトゥーン 3 Supuratūn 3?) is a third-person shooter developed and published by Nintendo, set to launch in 2022. It is the sequel to 2017’s Splatoon 2, and like its predecessor, will be released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
Splatoon 3 is developed and published by Nintendo. The game was first announced in a Nintendo Direct on February 17, 2021, with a planned release in 2022. It will be the first game in the series to be localized into Korean and Chinese.
Splatoon 3 takes place about one and a half years after the events of the Splatocalypse, in a city named Splatsville (also known as the “city of chaos”), stationed within a region called the Splatlands. It is located far away from Inkopolis, the main setting of the first two games in the Splatoon series. The city’s development increased rapidly as more Inklings and Octolings started to move to the city of chaos.
The outcome of the Final Fest is likely the reason the game’s design is seemingly themed around chaos.
Like its predecessors, Splatoon 3 is a third-person shooter game focused on online multiplayer battles, in which eight players are divided into two teams of four. Players have two main forms and may switch between the two at will: their humanoid form, in which they can use weapons to spread ink and splat opponents, and their squid or octopus form, which, if they enter their team’s ink while in the form, allows them to swim through ink at great speed, including up walls, recharge their Ink Tank faster, and hide. Players will have access to new movement techniques to dodge and expand the possibilities of attacks. A “squid roll” allows them to leap and twirl out of their ink, and a “squid surge” allows them to quickly swim up ink-covered walls and jump out at the top.
A new type of Spawn Point is used during online battles; an espresso maker-like cube called a Spawner Drone. It floats above the stage, allowing players to aim at their desired deployment location. After choosing where to deploy, the spawn point launches players to that location in squid or octopus form. The regular Spawn Point is seemingly available during the match.
The game seems to have taken a twist as the terrain is now a dry desert. The trailer kicks off with the presumed player looking at an Inkling with a hood, goggles and dust mask over their face.
You then choose your species, Inkling or Octoling. It seems that Octolings are now normalized as you have a choice between both of them with no additional cost. Your character then removes their dust mask as you choose their skin tone. After that, the Inkling/Octoling removes their goggles and you get to pick their eye color. The choices you see seem to have quite a variety, as some of the options are multicolored or even tricolored. We don’t get to see many of these, however, as the player in the trailer immediately goes to the simple yellow toned eyes with a bit of red around. They then remove their hood and you can choose from several different hairstyles. Then the Inkling stands up and you can pick from several different legwear options. As you finish customizing your Inkling/Octoling, it then switches to the Smallfry next to them. The only customization option for the “little buddy“, however, is simply the hairstyle.
After you have completed customizing to your heart’s extent, the Inkling/Octoling gets up and heads to a train that leads to the new hub, Splatsville.
Splatoon 3 will introduce some new weapons, such as a bow. Said bow seems to be a charge-up weapon. There also is new specials, such as one that has the appearance of a crab, a Killer Wail-like beam, and one that seems to be a revamp of the Inkzooka. Replacing respawn machines, there seems to be some sort of cube that your player rides upon, which Nintendo has called a Spawner Drone. A Smallfry was shown in the trailer, also known as “Little buddy”, probably as a companion of some sort. However, as seen from the trailer, it is not very likely that it will accompany you in online battle modes.
Turf War is the main online mode of the game. The objective is to cover more ground with ink than the opposing team in three minutes.
The hub world of Splatoon 3 is Splatsville, the city of chaos and the adrenaline-fueled heart of this dry wasteland. The region which homes this city is the Splatlands.
|A Desert Wasteland||A stage with a visual aesthetic very similar to Saltspray Rig or Salmon Run stages.|
Splatoon 3 introduces many weapons of all (and brand-new) types and classes. Over time, new models of the weapons will be released.
In addition to new weaponry, all of the Main Weapons from the original and the second game will reappear; but now come with different sets, new techniques, adjusted parameters, and recolored designs, altering their associated playstyles.
In addition to new Special Weapons, all of the Special Weapons from the original and the second game will reappear.
- A Special Weapon similar to the Inkzooka appears that fires three blobs of ink together.
- The weapon is shown to eject white capsule-shaped shells when firing.
- The character in the trailer using said special is the same character that uses the bow in the previous scenes, so it might be a part of that weapon’s set.
- A new miniature floating beam Special Weapon was added. Its design appears similar to miniature Killer Wails with the bottoms of Suction Bombs attached to them. It seems to be designed after a washing machine.
- A new crab-shaped robot that can transform into a ball was shown. What it does exactly is unknown.
- The new crab-sub appears to have a hole in its front, which might work like the Sting Ray in Splatoon 2 as well as targeting the player, then exploding of ink.
- In the Splatoon 3 announcement trailer footage, it can be seen during a Turf War match that the Inkling carrying a bow starts at the yellow team and seemingly switches over to the indigo team mid-match. The same situation happens to the splattershot player, who starts in the indigo team and switches over to the yellow team. However, these could just be two separate matches edited together.
- The two mascot colors of this game appear to be indigo and yellow.
- A metal-like remix of Splattack! which first appeared in the Splatoon 3 announcement trailer will likely serve as the game’s main theme.