Prepare to ink your foes! Splatoon 2 is scheduled for an official release on July 21, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
During a Nintendo Direct presentation last night, the company showcased new footage from the upcoming third-person shooter. Splatoon 2 will feature a new “horde mode” called Salmon Run, where a team will be pitted against waves of enemies and tasked with survival and collecting salmon eggs.
In addition, Splatoon 2 will launch alongside three new Amiibo variations: Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl, and Squid. They will allow players to save outfits and quickly swap between loadouts when joining a friend on someone else’s system.
It is unfortunate that a game like Splatoon 2 was unable to end up as one of the launch titles for the Switch. Announced earlier this year, the sequel promises to improve on the original 2015 colorful multiplayer shooter by introducing several new features. There will be several new weapons and other related items such as the beastly dual-wield SMG called “Splatdualies”. The battle stages have evolved as well to offer tactical options for each side.
Nintendo has already confirmed that Splatoon 2 will be available to play on all three Switch modes: table, TV and handheld. This will give players the freedom to choose between playing with the Joy-Con controllers or the Pro Controller.
Splatoon 2 will receive content support post-release in the form of free updates that add new stages and weapons, much similar to the original game. There is also rumor that the company is interested in testing the esports waters with the game; an idea taken from the original announcement trailer of the Switch, where Splatoon 2-playing players were standing on a tournament stage and surrounded by a crowd of supporters.