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Splatoon 2 (スプラトゥーン2 Supuratūn 2) is a third-person shooter developed and published by Nintendo, and the sequel to the Wii U game Splatoon. The game features battles between Inklings, using weaponized ink to cover territory and "splat" opponents. While it was teased on October 20, 2016 during the reveal trailer for the Nintendo Switch game console, Nintendo did not officially confirm this or any other game showcased in the video as being in development at the time. The title was officially unveiled on January 13th, 2017 at the Nintendo Switch Presentation in Tokyo, Japan and demos were playable at Switch hands on events. A testfire demo was playable March 24–26, 2017. The game is currently planned for a Summer 2017 release.
The events of the story take place two years after the completion of the original game's Hero Mode, but little beyond that is known at this time.
Splatoon 2 is a third-person shooter game focused on online multiplayer battles, in which eight players are divided into two teams of four. Players have two main forms and may switch between the two at will: their humanoid form, in which they can use weapons to spread ink and splatter opponents, and their squid form, which they can use to swim through ink at great speed and up walls, recharge the player's ink tank faster (while in their own ink), and hide in their team's ink. Players can also utilize Sub Weapons, such as Splat Bombs, and Special Weapons, such as Splashdowns.
In the primary game mode, Turf War, players are awarded points based on the amount of turf (ground) they cover in their team's ink— the team that covers the most territory within three minutes wins the match.
Exact information is currently unknown, but Splatoon 2 features both new and revamped stages, weapons (such as the Splat Dualies), special weapons (such as the Splashdown and an unnamed storm cloud special), and gear items (including shorts and sandals), as well as additional character customization in the form of hairstyles. The game also allows for local multiplayer with up to eight people. Certain elements of the Heads-Up Display have also been revamped, showing the weapons each player has and whether their Special Weapons are ready to be used.
Private Battles are now available for Local Multiplayer, and a new feature called LAN Play allows docked Switches to play Private Battles on a LAN without an Internet connection. A spectating mode called Private Battle Spectator View has been added for Private Battles only.
Judd is accompanied by a new cat with a smaller, younger and near-identical appearance to Judd's, although this new cat has not been named yet.
An Inkling holding large multi-barrel weapons, tentatively named Tenta Missiles.