Splatoon’s big game-changing update is hitting the Wii U on August 5. The update looks to increase the competitive play in the popular Wii U shooter, as it raises the level cap from 20 to 50 and adds two new gameplay modes.
Squad Battle is the first new mode, where players can team up with up to three friends and take on other squads. These games will use Ranked Battle rules. The ability to play with friends instead of being randomly paired with other players has been one of the most requested features of Splatoon, behind voice chat support.
The other new mode is called Private Battle, and will allow for fully customizable lobbies that players can invite their friends to. Players control the weapons, maps and mode rules that will be present in their private lobbies. In addition, the private lobbies will allow for 1v1 matches, and any other combination of team sized up to 4v4. Players can also host small tournaments, using up to 8 consoles.
Players can now hit Ranks S and S+ with the new options for online splatting, as well as get familiar with two new weapon types. The Slosher is a bucket-like ranged weapon that allows Inklings to hurl massive amounts of ink in one direction. The Splatling, on the other hand, promises to be a faster-paced, Gatling gun style blaster.
New maps and gear are also promised in the August update, but Nintendo assures fans that this is not the end of support for Splatoon. The free content updates have been frequent and handled well so far, and the company seems invested in the squidy shooter for the foreseeable future.
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