The introduction of the Splatoon series is one of the few highlights of the Wii U console cycle. The third-person shooter made quite the splash when it launched on the Wii U back in 2015, earning a well-deserved sequel on the Nintendo Switch in 2017. Splatoon 2 has sold over ten million copies worldwide, establishing the series as one of the most successful new IPs on the Switch.
After two years of post-launch support, development officially ended for Splatoon 2 back in July 2019 with the final Splatfest. Splatoon 3 is undoubtedly going to be a big hit when it eventually arrives, though the only tiny issue is that the game has yet to be announced. Given the success of Splatoon 2, there’s almost no doubt there will be a sequel – fortunately it’s a case of when, not if.
Without any Splatoon 2 DLC in the pipeline, the only new Splatoon content on the horizon will be in the form of a sequel. It’s not uncommon for Nintendo to release a sequel to a game on the same console, but will the big N do this with a game like Splatoon? Taking everything into consideration, this seems likely to us.
SPLATOON 3: EVERYTHING WE KNOW SO FAR
When is the Splatoon 3 release date?
Nintendo expects the Switch to have a lifespan of a minimum of seven years, which calls into question whether or not we’ll see a Splatoon game any time soon. It’s clear Nintendo likes to space out its sequels, usually alternating between a console and handheld release. As Nintendo merged these two markets together with the release of the Switch, it’s more likely we will see Splatoon 3 sooner rather than later.
There is a real possibility we see Splatoon 3 before the end of the Switch’s life due to the longevity of the console. Part of the reason Splatoon 2 launched only two years after Splatoon 1 was because of the Wii U’s untimely demise. The Wii U’s five-year lifespan forced Nintendo to pivot towards the Switch instead, bringing over any Wii U exclusive games to the portable console.
What should we expect from Splatoon 3?
One of the big criticisms of Splatoon 2 was the lack of options when playing with friends. Voice chat was handled through a mobile app and connecting with friends was unreliable at best – it wouldn’t surprise us if Nintendo attempted to address these concerns. Aside from a few multiplayer issues, Splatoon 3 will likely deliver a new story mode campaign and a host of maps and weapons for the solo and multiplayer modes.
Will there be a Splatoon 3 amiibo pack?
Judging by the first two games, which featured numerous amiibo packs, Splatoon 3 will almost certainly follow suit. The original Splatoon’s amiibo pack focused on the Inklings, whereas Splatoon 2’s pack centred around the pop duo, Pearl and Marina. If Splatoon 3 keeps to this pattern, there should be at least two brand new characters to create amiibos.
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