In this morning’s 50-minute Nintendo Direct – the first Nintendo Direct to be held since 2019 – perhaps one of the most exciting (and unexpected) new titles that were announced was Splatoon 3. The previous game in the series, Splatoon 2, was released in 2017 for the Nintendo Switch, which is not too long ago when you think about how long some series tend to wait to receive their next instalment. Watch the trailer below:
The trailer begins by showing off the new and improved character creation. Like in Splatoon 2, we will be able to choose between being an Inkling and an Octoling, and we’ll have a number of fresh hairstyles and eye colours to choose from. What’s totally new is the pet-like creature at the inkling’s side, which you can also customise. Exactly what role this ‘little buddy’ will have in the game isn’t yet clear. We aren’t shown if there are any new or returning game modes, but we can assume that it will include multiple local and online multiplayer modes, as well as a campaign mode. We do get a taste of the new weapons though – we can see a bazooka, a rocket launcher, what looks to be a sniper, and even a bow that shoots ink. It’s safe to say that Splatoon 3 will give us many new ways to splatter the enemy team with ink.
The inkling in the trailer travels through a dry wasteland that shows remnants of our world before being brought to a towering metropolis. This might just be a background detail, but it also might be a taste of a campaign mode in Splatoon 3: will we learn more about what happened to our world? We’ll have to find out for ourselves when Splatoon 3 releases sometime in 2022.