'Splatoon 2' Release Date, Trailer And Everything We Know So Far

Early information on Splatoon 2 is beginning to trickle out, following last night’s reveal during the Nintendo Switch presentation, and it sounds like Nintendo has big plans for the sequel to one of the biggest (and best) surprises of 2015. There’s already a new Splatoon 2 trailer, screenshots of a new map and even a timeline for the Splatoon 2 release date. Here’s everything we know so far.

Splatoon 2 will once again cast players as the Inklings; fashionable, paint-gun-toting children who can swap between human and squid forms at will. You’ll compete in short matches where teams of four race to cover as much of the map in their team’s paint as possible. And there will be tons of clothing to customize the look of your Inklings. The core formula isn’t changing much. But it looks like there’s going to be plenty of new content to enjoy.

Squid Research Lab, an official Nintendo Tumblr dedicated to the series, confirms Splatoon 2 will introduce a new section of the city, Inkopolis Square, that replaces Inkopolis Plaza as the game’s primary social hub. The plaza will apparently remain accessible to Splatoon players; however, new shops in Inkopolis Square should ensure the it remains crowded after Splatoon 2 debuts this summer.

The Reef is the first new map from Splatoon 2 to be unveiled. Unsurprisingly, given the mode’s overwhelming popularity, it’ll be a Turf War map that introduces a section of the city not far from Inkopolis Square. A few screenshots of the arena are included in the image gallery at the top of the page. Squid Research Lab says we can also expect changes to the battle map. Pressing X during a match will bring up the map, which allows players to see the current locations of their allies and Super Jump to teammates by pressing the corresponding directional button and A.

For an early look at Splatoon 2, take a few minutes to watch the trailer that debuted during the Nintendo Switch presentation and/or browse the image gallery at the top of the post. Then head down to the comments section and let us know what you’re hoping to see in Splatoon 2 when the game debuts later this year.

Splatoon 2 is in development exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. The game is scheduled to debut sometime this summer.

Be sure to check back with iDigitalTimes for more Splatoon 2 news throughout 2017 and as long as Nintendo continues to support Splatoon 2 in the months following launch.

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