Many fans were disappointed when Nintendo announced that it would cease its post-launch support for Splatoon 2 back in 2019. Fortunately, the console manufacturer announced during the most recent Nintendo Direct that the third entry in the much loved series is on its way as Splatoon 3 is set to arrive some time in 2022.
“In the wake of chaos, enter the sun scorched Splatlands and the new city, Splatsville, inhabited by battle-hardened Inklings & Octolings. New weapons, moves, and more await, so be sure to keep an eye out for updates in the future,” the official announcement reads, alongside a trailer showcasing both the Splatlands and Splatsville.
As can be seen from the trailer, your character now appears to have some sort of companion, though their function in the game is currently unknown. Splatoon is a relatively new IP, with the first game launching on the Wii U. Splatoon 2 then later arrived for the Switch in 2017 and sold almost 12 million copies, while also spawning a rather large competitive scene.
With the current trajectory that the franchise has been headed in, it will be interesting to see just how well Splatoon 3 performs when it launches next year. Hopefully Nintendo will offer greater post-launch support for a much longer time, maximising the potential of the series, and keeping fans engaged.
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