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Splatoon 3 reveal trailer analysis

What secrets does it hold?

Splatoon 3 was announced in the February 2021 Nintendo Direct and there's a lot to the reveal! We use the analysis machine to break it all down, including new gameplay details, available weapons and outfits, and details about both Splatsville and the Splatlands. All this and more in our in-depth analysis!

Nintendo shares details on Splatoon 3's locations, new movement methods, customization, and more

Welcome to Splatsville

Nintendo revealed Splatoon 3 yesterday, and even though it's not coming out until sometime in 2022, the dev team is eager to share more details. In a series of tweets, Nintendo revealed new details on gameplay mechanics, locations, customization, and more. Check out the complete breakdown below.

"Here we see Splatsville, the newly discovered “city of chaos.” It has a dated feel yet seems densely populated. Research indicates that Splatsville’s development has accelerated rapidly since the Final Splatfest a year and a half ago, even though it’s located far from Inkopolis."

"We’ve learned that Splatsville is located in a broader region called the Splatlands. It seems the intense sun and harsh environment have had a profound effect on its inhabitants. In recent years, trendsetting Inklings have been drawn to this culture like moths to a Bunsen burner!"

"Even in the Splatlands, Inklings seem devoted to the popular pastime of Turf War. The basic rules appear unchanged—two teams of four compete to ink the most ground. However, the denizens of Splatsville appear to have taken their battles into the surrounding wilds of nature!"

"In the Splatlands, Inklings seem to favor entering the battlefield by launching themselves out of some sort of midair spawner drone. It appears they can even choose their landing spot before flying into action!"

"We’ve identified two new ways that Inklings can move. 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! Just think how these abilities could be used in the heat of battle…"

"It’s no secret that Inklings and Octolings can arrange their head tentacles in various “hairstyles.” However, it seems these wonderful creatures are capable of more intricate designs than previously known. Just look at this Inkling… It has a braid! What a day for science."

"In the new video transmission, an Inkling is seen accompanied by a juvenile Salmonid called a Smallfry. Our studies have long shown the Salmonids to be a dangerous species. How this seemingly symbiotic relationship evolved is a thrilling mystery. Further research is required!"

"We’ve also discovered a new weapon with a shape like a bow. It looks a bit primitive at first glance, but on closer inspection, it’s packed with technology, including a mechanism capable of launching three strings of ink simultaneously!"

"In the video transmission, we also spotted some special weapons! In addition to a brand-new one, some seem like reconfigured versions of special weapons found in Inkopolis. How perfectly fitting for the city of chaos…"

"Classic main weapons appear viable in the Splatlands, although their appearance seems evolved to suit this unique culture. The .96 Gal and Range Blaster look markedly different than we’re used to, which will seemingly make them stand out more from other weapons of the same type."

Splatoon 3 moves away from gender-specific customization options

Choose a style

Splatoon 2 had players pick a gender, and then certain customization options were tied to those choices. Since that game, Nintendo has changed how they handle customization. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players pick a style, and then all types of clothing, hair, and more are open to anyone. Yesterday's trailer for Splatoon 3 confirms that Nintendo is taking the same approach. You start by choosing a style, and then you can pick any clothing or hair option that you'd like.

Nintendo looking to hire a level designer for Splatoon 3

Inking a new deal

Splatoon 3 is set for launch sometime in 2022, and Nintendo is hard at work piecing the game together right now. It looks like the Big N needs a bit more help with the project, as they're looking to take on a new level designer.

Nintendo posted the job listing just yesterday, and they're looking to bring in someone who can help create new levels and also adjust some that have already been created. They also need the new employee to help out with overall game balance. You can have a look at the listing here.

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