Today Nintendo broadcasted a Direct Video specifically for the squid-squad-based-shooter Splatoon 2.
The video was fast and furious but debuted new community features, weapons, customizations options, gear, stages, modes, and another chance to play the game before the official launch for all Switch owners.
The Direct first takes a look at character customization and the shops you visit in order to equip your Inkling to the gills. Once the weapons get highlighted, the new information comes through. First unlike the first Splatoon, charging weapons now keep the charge while players swim in ink. Rollers can now be swung vertically for more range, and wielding dual SMGs allows players to perform a dodge roll.
The Direct also takes a look at all new weapons that include the short-range but explosive Clash Blaster, the long charge-holding Goo Tuber, and the shape-shifting Flingza Roller. Sub-weapons were also highlighted like the Inkling-hunting Autobomb, and the gaseous Toxic Mist. But as veterans of Splatoon know, as you cover the environment in ink, you earn a Special Weapon. And the Special Weapons in Splatoon 2 are all new.
First, the Tenta Missiles rain ink from above one spot on the map and will eliminate any enemy Inklings caught in the blast! The Inkjet allows the player to fly through the air while shooting at enemies from far away and while spraying the floor with ink. The Sting Ray is especially dangerous as it can shoot ink through walls! Splashdown has your Inkling slamming the ground and creating an Ink-splosion, while Ink Storm let’s loose a cloud of ink to literally rain upon your enemies. The Bomb Launcher shoots bombs out to canvas the battlefield in ink, while Ink Armor protects your allies for a short time. Lastly, the Baller is an explosive “Hamster Ball” that unleashes a torrent of ink around the player.
Ranked Battles return and will rotate between three different modes: Tower Control, Splat Zones, and Rainmaker. Also, each mode has its own ranking to focus on. The biggest surprise is that a companion app, SplatNet 2 will be made available alongside the launch of Splatoon 2 inside the Switch Online app. Post-launch, more weapons, gear, and stages will be coming out over the next year. Splatfests will be supported for the next two years.
But one week before launch, on July 15th, from 3 PM Pacific Time until 7 PM, a World Premiere for Splatfest will be available for all Switch owners. The Splatfest will be a battle between cake and ice cream and provide another look at the game for those still on the fence.
Splatoon 2 looks to be everything fans of the original asked for and more. Splatoon 2 will launch worldwide on July 21st exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.