The build-up to Season 5 has been full of little teases and surprises, with cracks lining the sky and in-game landmarks appearing in our real world, but the day has finally arrived to see what's new. Viking ships, desert outposts, and ancient statues have appeared across the island and there are some very interesting gameplay additions, too.
Firstly, players will be able to powerslide into battle with the all-new All Terrain Kart. This kart has room for your entire squad, gives you speed boosts for drifting, makes you work together as a team to pull off jumps and even has a bounce pad on the roof. You can see it below.
The map has also been updated - as you may have expected - with a new desert biome and two new locations called Paradise Palms and Lazy Links being introduced, and players are encouraged to try jumping through 'Rifts' that are still present on the map. The centre of the seventh, eighth, and ninth storm circles have also changed, now being able to shift in random directions (instead of simply shrinking). As the storm closes in, it will move and shrink to the new location.
Perhaps the biggest news for Switch players, however, and the addition we know many of you lovely readers have been waiting for, is the addition of gyro controls exclusively for the Nintendo Switch version of the game. These controls will be fully adjustable in the game's settings, finally allowing you to realise your full Splatoon 2-loving potential.
There are lots of other small changes, too, which can all be seen in the full patch notes. The game is down for maintenance to implement these changes at the time of writing, with Season 5 expected to kick off in just a few hours' time.
Will you be jumping in and seeing all the changes for yourself? Let us know down below.