Nintendo dropped a big, fat, juicy Direct onto the gaming community yesterday featuring an hour's worth of information and details for the upcoming third-person shooter, Splatoon 2. The Nintendo Switch exclusive will also be receiving a multiplayer demo this month.
The demo will only be available on July 15th just ahead of the official launch exclusively on the Nintendo Switch starting July 21st.
This news was accompanied by other details, including the launch of SplatNet 2, a mobile companion app for Splatoon 2, which will be available with the launch of the game on July 21st as well. The mobile app will be free to use, and it offers players the ability to check the schedules for stages, scope out the gear on your cephalopod, and even look over your stats.
The SplatNet 2 service is part of the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app, so you'll also be able to use it to setup multiplayer games by sending invites and communicating with friends by social media.
During the Nintendo Direct, we learned a lot about the actual gameplay and features, including that the customization system will enable players to customize and outfit their inklings with a variety of pants, shoes, shirts, hairstyles, and hats, and you can even change the color of your character's skin and eyes.
You can pick up gear from places sprinkled around the metro center, where there are different shops that offer different clothing apparel. You'll need to win matches, rack up coins and then spend them at the shops to unlock new clothing gear. There are shops just dedicated to footwear, shops centered around t-shirts, and shops that focus on pants and leggings.
The most important shop in the game is the Ammo Knights weapon shop. It's here you're able to purchase new weapons and outfit your inkling with some powerful new splatter guns. For those of you unfamiliar with Splatoon, you'll have two different weapons at your disposal, a main weapon on the ZR trigger on the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con, and a sub-weapon that can be equipped on the standard R button. One nice little addition to the weapon shop is that you can tap the 'Y' button to test out the weapons before you buy them.
There are also some new features added for the main weapons, such as chargers now allowing players to swim around in ink while the weapon stays charged. The developers also added new vertical swinging mechanics for the rollers, allowing players to paint both longitudinal and laterally. The other new feature for the dualies includes being able to dodge-roll while shooting, which will likely be a popular maneuver during the multiplayer bouts.
Helping guide players through the navigation of new content and modes in Splatoon 2 will be the rock band members Pearl and Marina. They will be taking the place of Callie and Marie.