Splatoon 3 was announced in a new trailer debuting Wednesday at Nintendo Direct. The third installment to Nintendo's third-person ink shooter will arrive exclusively on the Nintendo Switch in 2022. The game will be released five years after its predecessor, Splatoon 2.
Splatoon 3 Announced at Nintendo Direct
Splatoon 3 will see the return of Inklings and Octolings engaging in 4v4 matches where players try to splat each other with ink ammunition. The ink can be sprayed across all surfaces on the map, allowing the player and their teammates to swim beneath and regain health. Enemy ink slows the player down and deals damage over time or can result in a "splat," sending the afflicted player back to a spawn point.
Splatoon 3 will shift its setting to the arid Splatlands and the accompanying city of Splatsville. The game will introduce new weapons and players will be allowed to start from any location on the map via spawn drone (working similarly to Battle Royale airbuses). Splatoon 3 will also add two new movement mechanics, including the ability to swim up ink-covered walls.
Splatoon is one of Nintendo's premier online multiplayer games. Given that it is one of the only Switch-exclusive shooters, it has a passionate and dedicated fanbase. As of December 2020, Splatoon 2 is one of the Nintendo Switch's top ten selling games at nearly 12 million copies.
Splatoon 3 has no exact release date but is scheduled for some time in 2022. Other announcements made at Nintendo Direct include Pyra and Mythra as DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and an HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.