The last twelve hours or so have been rather stressful for Splatoon fans, with excitement, nerves, and confusion all coming their way thanks to the belief that maybe - just maybe - Nintendo had teased a 'Splatoon 3'.
As it happens, that's not the case at all, but with the phrase 'Splatoon3' trending online and with plenty of Inklings and Octolings out there getting a little too excited for their own good, we wouldn't have blamed you for believing it, too. So what happened?
Well, around twelve hours ago from the time of writing, Nintendo of America posted this image to Instagram. It shows Callie and Marie of the original Splatoon alongside Pearl from Splatoon 2, but Marina is missing. Nintendo even made a point of saying 'But where’s Marina?' in the caption.
Shock. Panic. Utter confusion.
Some fans thought she might have been kidnapped, teasing a story set to take place in an upcoming, as yet unannounced Splatoon 3, and the excitement spread like wildfire. Strangely, the comments on that post reveal that an alarming number of people even thought she might have been killed off altogether.
As it happens, she's still alive - thank goodness - but there's no Splatoon 3 (yet). It turns out she was just taking the photo, as revealed by this second image posted by the same account eleven hours later. Either Nintendo deliberately left fans hanging for a while, or someone had to quickly scramble a new image together to make sure everyone could see that she had not, in fact, been brutally murdered.
We're as excited for an eventual Splatoon 3 as the next person, but we'd argue that it's probably for the best we're not getting another game so soon. We're sure it'll happen when the time is right.
This is wholesome.
This is wonderful.
I prefer announcement of ARMS 2 with more contents.
I don't expect to see 3 for another 2 years or so. Sure they're probably working on it as we speak though. I predicted 2 would launch with the Switch but at least it was in the launch window. It was something they needed to do.
Pretty sure they said not all that long ago that they weren't thinking about Splatoon 3 yet or something along those lines. I think Nintendo know that people like to read waaaaaaaay too much into any little thing and they're deliberately messing around here.
Nintendo shouldn't mess with fans like this, They know people will freakout over the tiniest of things. Remember when people thought some chairs confirmed Waluigi was in smash!
"it's probably for the best we're not getting another game so soon"
So soon? It's been over 2 years already, July 2017. Considering how long it takes Nintedo to release a game after they first announce it - BotW, MP4 - announcing a game now for a release summer 2020 would be a full 3 years between releases. How many games come out w/ releases as often as 3 years? CoD and AC off the top of my head. Plus it's an online eSport game in some respects, surely you don't want to wait too long or people move onto other things.
Also, Splatoon 2 looked a lot like Splatoon on Wii U, possibly was planned for Wii U, so a game 3 years after the Switch launched, built from the ground up for the Switch, well it should have a lot of new ideas and improvements as they won't have to spend any time trying to figure out how to make a dual screen game work on 1 screen, which is probably where a lot of time went on Spaltoon 2's development.
Not saying we need a surprise drop this holiday, but 3 years seems about right for an online esport type game. Sports games release every year. Even Fortnite is a getting a 2.
Destiny 2 was 3 years almost to the day from Destiny 1 and D2 seems to be doing ok.
What would you rather have summer 2020, Splatoon 3 or 1 2 Switch 2? ARMS 2? 3 years is long enough for a console to start getting some sequels. When was the last time somebody said - Oh no, not a Zelda BotW sequel, we just got BotW 2 1/2 years ago!?!?"
Doesn’t make Splatoon 3 any less than certain at this point. Nintendo would be making a mistake if they didn’t keep this series alive.
@Yoshinator lol I dunno, ive never played splatoon but dont see whats wrong in teasing people, it also helps them understand how well something might sell.. more excitement shared across internet = more potential sales
I can't believe you are writing a whole article just because Nintendo posted some stupid pictures on their twitter account. I am even more stupid to read this content.
@antonio2244 you went from denial to acceptance in record time
@Anti-Matter one might say you're waiting "with welcome ARMS"...?
No? ... I'll see myself out then!
I would rather just have one iteration of the multiplayer games per console life cycle. Just my opinion. It probably makes more sense to release a sequel to push console sales but as a switch owner I would rather updates to the existing games.
One thing I've noticed about fans of most media is that they look into things WAY too much.
@rjejr We are not getting BOTW 2 in 2020, that is an undeniable fact. They are still hiring people for the game, all they had was a cinematic teaser. Breath of the Wild 1 was revealed with a cinematic teaser, and that game took 3 years after its teaser to be finished. And don't even get me started on MP4, that game is going to come out way after BOTW 2. Its like people forgot that they COMPLETLEY scrapped development and started over earlier this year. We are not going to be seeing Metroid Prime 4 any time soon, and we'll be lucky if we even get a trailer by 2021.
Its cute that Marina took the first picture.......But who took the second one -_-
They had us in the first half, not gonna lie.
@Spoony_Tech You do know the Splatoon team has been working on Animal Crossing New Horizons, right?
@NCChris Nope but that doesnt mean they can't do some planning. Somebody is working on updates and such. For all we know AC is pretty much done and getting ready to be printed and shipped.
@Spoony_Tech But that begs the question, what if Animal Crossing New Horizons is going to be getting future updates with new content? That, mixed with the ongoing balance updates for Splatoon 2 would keep them busy for a while. Just like how the BOTW team was busy with the BOTW DLC after the game launched rather than already planning out the second game (Since we know for a fact BOTW 2 didn't start development till after the DLC was finished, due to the fact that they had so many ideas during the DLC development that they decided to save most of them for a sequel) Now we can assume Animal Crossing on Switch won't have content updates every now and then......buuuut looking at the history of Nintendo games on Switch thus far, I think its safe to assume Animal Crossing will be getting some nifty updates. Not to mention New Leaf did end up getting a neat content update years after its release, so the Splatoon team looks a bit busy in the near future.
@patbacknitro18 They won't use the whole development team on updates, DLC etc, unless it's a huge expansion like Torna, it'll only take a fraction of the human resources. Some people on the team have probably already started on their next title.
@patbacknitro18 Well we saw how fast they made 2. Most likely less then 2 years. It's not a big complicated game to make and we already know they can release and add updates as they go.
I wish Nintendo would make an actual in-depth story campaign with this franchise. A Diablo-esque loot grind with co-op and all the trimmings, instead of a simple, barebones, competitive online shooter. I love the aesthetic, the characters, and the obvious Nintendo charm, but there's nothing worth more than 2-5 hours in either game to waste time with. Give us a solid 20-40 hour campaign and watch the sales double.
@Nintyfan this sounds both miserable and very un-splatoon
@Spoony_TechTrue but with Splatoon 2 they reused a butt ton of assets from Splatoon 1. It's not the the game isn't complicated to make, but that 2 was much easier to make with Splatoon 1 as the foundation. Especially since most of the content of 2 was added post-release. But with all that in mind, you must also consider the mindset Nintendo was in at the time. They wanted Splatoon on the Switch, but instead of doing a Deluxe port, they wanted to make a brand new entry, similar to Mario Maker 2 on Switch. So now that Splatoon is on the Switch, and still has a massive playerbase, what gives them incentive to make a 3rd entry on te same console? It's like how Nintendo hasn't made a new Mario Kart on Switch due to how massively well MK8 Deluxe is selling on the system. No reason to toss it away just yet.
Splatoon 3 would be a wonderful game....would love to see some fresh new content in the next game.
@Nintyfan why would you compare Diablo to a cartoony,up beat game like Splatoon?Besides No one really cares about the campaign.This game focuses on multiplayer more than a campaign mode.Sure,I admit the story was short but it didn’t matter when there was exhilarating multiplayer modes to play.
@Spoony_Tech I expect alot of their devs are busy with Animal Crossing atm cus it's made by the same people and if you remember since Splatoon came out there hasn't been a proper AC game since once AC is out then I think Splatoon 3 might happen or like Mario Kart 9 or Mario Maker 2 there save it for the next Nintendo console
@patbacknitro18 Splatoon 3 CONFIRMED!!!!!!1 It's Agent 5!
@imananjidesuka Super Mario Galaxy 2 was good though.
To me it's not about the console, it's about the years. If a game comes out the 3rd or 4th year, probably doesn't need another one, but a launch title, why wait another 5 or 6 years if the game is good?
"but 3 years seems about right for an online esport type game"
I read that as an online escort game. I admit to having had a couple Blue Moons, but it sent my mind in a whole other direction.
Advance Wars, F-Zero and Wave Race first, please. 🙏
@patbacknitro18 theres still a chance for botw 2 to come out next year and nintendo is known to pull miracles tp get their games out on time.
@SBandy you could have just not clicked. The title is clear its a debunking. It's a story debunking the latest rather large and loud rumors, cause they were honestly getting out of hand
@RiasGremory Breath of the Wild had a 2015 release date, it was delayed to 2016, then they once again delayed it to 2017, missing its deadlind not once, but twice. Fire Emblem 3 Houses had a 2017 release date, before silently being delayed to 2019. Yoshis crafted World was delayed a year. Animal crossing New Horizons was delayes a year. Metroid Prime 4 completely scrapped development. Nintendo has a history of not meeting deadlines, especially when a product needs more work. BOTW 2 doesnt even have a set release date, and its still hiring dev members. The game will not be out next year, in absolutely no possible way will it be finished. By next year. A very late 2021 release is possible, but no way will 2020 see its release.
If Nintendo really stick to their "1 entry per system" policy like Mario Kart and Smash to Splatoon, the 3rd game might be a real long time away....
....unless of course it gets a mobile game.
Wow, a third installment so soon is reaching quite a bit don’t ya think folks? Although I’m sure it’ll be welcome when it comes to fruition. Good one, Nintendo.
Animal Crossing New Horizons hasnt even been released yet, and ya'll thought they were making Splatoon 3 alongside it?
Splatoon 3 will either be a cross-gen Switch/Switch 2 release or a Switch 2 exclusive.
@patbacknitro18 I would put money on BOTW2 coming next year, with the first gameplay trailer coming in the January/ February Direct. Aunoma confirmed the next Zelda had entered production 2 years ago and were already taking ideas for it while developing BOTW and it's DLC. By Xmas 2020 that will be just short of 4 years since the original released. That's plenty time to develop the sequel, especially if they've used the same engine. The fact we've only seen a cinematic trailer doesn't really mean anything. That's all that's needed to build up hype.
@patbacknitro18 Nintendo alrdy stated themselves their not going to delay their games that long anymore reason why nintendo multi teams on botw 2.
As much as I want that Arms didn’t sell. It’s dead. No sequel is coming. @Anti-Matter @xanderten50
Splatoon 3 is more likely for sure.
ARMS is NOT dead.
I really like ARMS.
I prefer ARMS getting sequel and more contents such as creating your ARMS fighter and Normal Boxing game mode.
I really want there is a proper Cartoonish Boxing / Kickboxing game on Nintendo Switch.
@RiasGremory Ok no i want sources on that. I want proof of Nintendo coming out and saying that they will no longer "Delay their games like that" I want factual, concrete evidence of that. Because they would have had to have said that after Animal Crossing New Horizons was delayed.
@OorWullie Um no, Aonuma did not. Aonuma said that they were thinking about what they could do for the next Zelda game, WHILE they were developing the DLC for the first game. And doing the DLC helped them come up with ideas they could use for the sequel. They didn't begin actually developing the next Zelda title until AFTER the DLC had wrapped up, that is when they began work on the sequel. And considering that they just recently opened job positions for the game, I would not put my money on a 2020 release in any way. It's a dream that will disappoint many, hell I doubt we will even get a new trailer by next year. And even if we do, it would definitely not be a gameplay trailer. Expect a 2021 release, thats honestly a far more realistic time frame.
@patbacknitro18 it was stated on an article on one o the gamesites that their not going delay a game for a long period of time like botw went through 3 years reason why nintendo has multi dev teams working on botw 2 to get it down for 2020 holiday release date.
@RiasGremory no no no, im going to need the actual source of what youre saying. Not just, "Oh some article somewhere said it" no i need factual proof because what you just said sounds like a load of bull. Especially since you used BOTW as a point of reference, yet since BOTWs delay we have seen Fire Emblem 3 Houses delayed, Yoshis Crafted World delayed, Metroid Prime 4 scrapped 2 years of progress and restarted development, and just recently Animal Crossing New Horizons was delayed with the reason given is that they put their team members personal lives over rushing a game. Which completely contradicts your ideology that Nintendo would rush BOTW 2 to meet a 2020 deadline, putting strain on the teams personal life, just to meet your unrealistic expectations. So please by all means show me the article where nintendo said they'd no longer be delaying games or taking their time making them, because it sure sounds like the exact opposite of what theyve been doing recently.
Good. I like the Splatoon series, but I think it's too early for a Splatoon 3 to happen at this point. If anything, I'd rather the devs focus more on Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the meantime, especially since the Wii U got robbed of a mainline entry.
@rjejr have you played Splatoon on the Wii U? The game looks light years better. I can't stand how the casual base of splatoon players are demanding another Splatoon game; you need to look at Splatoon 2 like smash and Mario kart, the people that pick the game up and put thousands of hours into the game (me included) have their lives into this one game. Furthermore, if you look at the timeline the first Splatoon got its life cut short due to the Wii U dying; the player base is far from getting tired of it and everyone picks up the game and puts it down after 40 hours needs to calm down.
@patbacknitro18 theres plenty of people including myself who read an article about nintendo discussing about not delaying games for long periods of time like botw went through.
Eh, I've always been a fan of "one iteration per generation" myself. I'll be ready for a new Splatoon game on the Switch 2.
Normal people: Oh, Marina isnˋt on that picture. Obviously she is the one who shot it.
Dumb, conspiracy people: Oh, Marina isn't on that picture. MARINA CERTAINLY IS DEAD! STORY FOR SPLATOON 3 CONFIRMED!!
@k8sMum "I read that as an online escort game.'
Well now I know what to get you for Christmas.
I guess that's the reason they always capitalize the S in eSports. You know I can't be bothered though.
Hope your having a nice holiday. We're going to see Star Wars this afternoon. Curious to see what I think.
@Spoony_Tech Updates and making Content are not necessarily 1 in the same.
All Updates for Splatoon 2 since the last Splatfest have literally just been balancing, Nintendo do not need to keep the Splatoon Creation Team around for that, they can just have someone else step in and handle that sort of thing.
What they should have done was show the image with Inkstagram trappings to show it clearly Marina's account.
okay then..strange news
2 years later...Splatoon 3 is coming soon
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