With Splatoon 3 still trapped in a slightly vague '2022' release window, it's hard to say just how long we'll be waiting to get our hands on it. To remedy that a little, we've been keeping track of the game's official screenshots so that we can gaze at them all wide-eyed, dreaming of the day where running around the Splatlands becomes a reality.
In the images below, you'll get a good close-up look at the game's story mode, as well as some of the key locations you'll be calling home. Some of the story mode screenshots, in particular, look very lovely indeed, so scroll down and give your eyeballs a treat.
This intriguing structure is quite different from what we've seen of the Splatlands so far. All we know is that it's located somewhere within "Alterna," where this story mode takes place. Its purpose remains unknown, for now...
This mysterious substance found in Alterna is called Fuzzy Ink. It pulsates like a life-form, but it doesn't actually seem to be a living creature. It appears to be partially covered with brown furry stuff, leading us to suspect some kind of connection with that hairy Octarian...
This is the New Squidbeak Splatoon who work together undercover to defeat the evil Octarian Army. On the left is Agent 1, on the right is Agent 2, and in the middle is their captain. Their true identities are a secret, and they'll do whatever it takes to support the new Agent 3.
An old neighborhood in the center of Splatsville, it's become a popular hangout for the town's young folk. With a walkway spanning up and over the area, this is surely a dynamic location for Turf War battles!
It seems a sophisticated transportation network makes it possible to join Turf Wars there. It's a large museum with lots of exhibitions, including ones currently featuring indigenous artifacts and modern art.
We hear the strange rocks that rise up like chimneys were once undersea hydrothermal vents that now appear on land due to changes in the planet's surface. This area is also designated as a national park and quite popular.
If you missed it, make sure to check out the game's latest trailer which aired during the September Nintendo Direct. You'll see some of these story mode screenshots in action, as well as some of the weapons you'll be taking onto the battlefield.
Now then, excuse us while we sneak away from our desks to play a cheeky round of Splatoon 2, which incidentally received a new patch this week.
The campaign already looks better than Splatoon 2's
This game looks sooooo good! But I dunno wether to wait for this game to come out or get splatoon 2 and skip getting the game next year
A lot better than splatoon 2 in my eyes.
@RGH27 both? The multiplayer is amazing!!
I usually go in for solo games but with Splatoon, they need to convince me to even try the single player (after I wasn’t overwhelmed with the first game’s attempt).
***** ye bitches, a new game is comin out
Not really impressed. I was expecting more from the dev team. It's a new setting for sure, but overall structure seems to be unchanged.
Looking good so far. I hope the campaign makes it worth it, the multiplayer seems to be pretty much the same thing (which is ok, as long as it includes a lot of new stuff).
They are showing so much so early! Looks great. I have a feeling this game is closer than we think.
OH I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS GAME! SPLATOON IS MY LIFE
I'm glad Nintendo still cares to include a single player story mode when all these other shooters like Call of duty are like people don't want story mode. They just want always online multiplayer shooters. Single player is so Last decade.
Yeah well some of us like playing by ourselves or we just don't have enough friends to make it worthwhile. Playing online with total strangers just isn't the same even if you can talk with a mic to each other.
New single player looks exciting so far.
Bring splatoon 1 single player to switch please, Nintendo.
I'll have almost zero interest in the campaign. Online is all I play this game for with mates. As long as that part of the game is good I'm happy.
It wouldn't say either the art or graphics there are anywhere near the level of "stunning"--maybe you're stuck in a Nintendo-only bubble and out of touch with where video game visuals are at these days or something--but it's cool to see more of this upcoming game.
@blockfight All I would are about in a game like this, and indeed most games, would be the [single-player] campaign.
As always all I care about is single player mode. Looking forward to this.
This really just looks just like more Splatoon, not much alteration. Not a bad thing at all, I love Splatoon, but this game sure is more Splatoon.
I'm just glad they waited four/five years to do a same-system sequel than try and sell us yearly installments, haha.
They really want to show that they have better shoes than me.
Nobody's talking about it, but the way the fuzzy ink clears is strikingly similar to breath of the wild's mechanism for clearing malice... does it perhaps mean something for the engine? Hmmm....
Kind of bummed about the desert aesthetic, but I think the gameplay and new features will win me over regardless.
Where's Pearl and Marina? ):
these campaigns are only ever glorified tutorials i only ever play once for the general story and sunken scrolls. really hope the final boss is something way more epic than 2, cause thats usually my main takeaway after finishing it
I really wanted to love Splatoon but in my eyes it lacks the Nintendo magic. I love the design and mechanics but the gameplay department is lacking if you're not strictly into multiplayer. Also wasn't a fan of the release of an "incomplete game " it comes off as a tech demo
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