Splatoon 3 2.0.0 to launch later today; Adds new features, X Battle mode, balance changes and more

A new Splatoon 3 update is set to launch later today, bringing new features and improvements to the game.

Update 2.0.0 will introduce new features, such as season and catalog changes and a new mode, X Battle, which will become available on November 30th.

Season and catalog changes

  • On November 30, 2022 at 4:00 PM PST, data related to the Chill Season 2022 will be added to the game. This includes:
    • A new catalog, and with it new equipment, titles, splash marks, decorations, stickers, and emoticons included in it.
    • About 50 new items have been added to store product lists.
    • Two new battle stages: Brinewater Springs and Flounder Heights.
    • New Salmon Run Stage: Marooner Bay.
    • Three new types of main weapons.
    • Ten new sets of existing main weapons paired with different sub and special weapons.
    • Thirteen new Tableturf battle cards.
  • Added ability to look at your catalog content.
    • Players can check their catalogs by opening the main menu with the X button, going to the Status tab, and selecting Catalog.

Changes to Splatoon 3 X Battles

    • X Battle, a new battle mode, has been added.
      • X Battle is a battle mode where players of ranks S+0 and above can compete in a battle for X Power.
      • X Power is calculated separately for each battle mode such as Splat or Tower Control areas.
      • Players fight until three wins or three losses are reached, at which point Power X is gained or lost based on the results.
      • The world is divided into two sections in which X Battles are held to compete for the highest X power: the Takoroka Division, which includes Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand; The Tentatek Division, which includes the Americas and Europe.
      • The faction a player belongs to is determined the first time they play in X Battle each Season. Once this is determined, the division cannot change during that season.
      • X Battles will be available to play on November 30, around the same time as Chill Season 2022 begins.

The new Splatoon 3 update will also introduce balance changes, Ranked mode adjustments, and more. Full update notes can be found on Nintendo’s official website.

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Splatoon 3 is now available on Nintendo Switch worldwide. You can learn more about the third entry in the popular shooter series by checking out Nathan’s review.

Splatoon 3 may be the series’ best entry yet, featuring some nice gameplay tweaks and new weapons, an expanded and polished story mode, and more unlockable content than its predecessors. Still, it’s very much an evolutionary sequel, every bit as repetitive as so many shooter franchises are meant to be. After five years of absence, this may not be enough for some. Splatoon 3 is still fun and funky, but Nintendo’s squid shooter series can’t last on freshness alone forever.

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