Nintendo has done an incredible job of updating Splatoon 2 with a constant flow of new additions, and it looks like December will see the game’s biggest update yet. The update will include four new battle stages, a new Salmon Run arena, and a brand new mode called Clam Blitz. And the best part is it will all be free to anyone who owns the game.
The most surprising news to come from this update is the new Clam Blitz mode. Here, players will compete against each other in teams to collect clams and deposit them in baskets located on the opposing side of the arena. It sounds simple, but the gameplay footage provided in the updates new trailer shows that chaos will quickly ensue in this new online mode.
Splatoon 2 has constantly received free updates for new battle arenas, but these look like some of the most interesting and exciting ones yet. The four new stages are titled MakoMart, Shellendorf Institute, Walleye Warehouse, and Arrowana Mall. The standout of the trailer has to be the incredibly themed MakoMart. A Splatoon inspired grocery store packed to the brim with all sorts of Inkling treats.
It is also exciting to see the popular co-op mode Salmon Run getting an update with the new Salmonoid Smokeyard stage. While not shown in the trailer Nintendo has described the level in a press release saying it’s, “a wide gap on the beach divides two upper platforms, with fan lifts being the quickest way to traverse the two platforms. Teamwork is required to use the fan lifts effectively.”
These are not the only things coming in the update, however, as the game will also be receiving 140 pieces of new gear, new music, new hairstyles, more amiibo functionality, a higher level cap, and the ability to swap gear in between matches. These are all much-welcomed additions to the game and features like the new gear swapping are what fans have been asking for since the game’s launch earlier this year.
The new update started on November 23 and will trickle out more content all the way through to mid-December. Perfect timing for anyone who might be receiving a Nintendo Switch with Splatoon 2 for the holidays.