During Nintendo’s E3 Treehouse Live they showcased a new mode for Splatoon 2 known as Salmon Run. This will allow players to play either locally or online.
In Salmon Run, players can play with up to 4 other players to take on incoming waves of salmon creatures, known as Salmonid, and to collect a certain amount of Golden Eggs, spawned after players beat a Boss Salmonid, within the allotted time. The mode will reward players with various items after a Salmon Run has been completed and if the players collect more Golden Eggs than the quota, better rewards will be awarded to the players. Also, players will have to survive through three different waves of Salmonid attacks and at least one player has to survive during each wave. If the all the players are defeated around the same time or the Golden Egg quota is not met, a game over will occur.
There are two versions of Salmon Run available to players – online and local. The online version of Salmon Run will feature some timed events where Grizzco Industries will hire more workers to take care of the Salmonids and sometimes there will be weapon restrictions during these events as well. And local is essentially where you can play the mode locally with other players.
During the demonstration, we saw a Boss Salmonid. According to the Squid Researcher, each Boss Salmonid will have a weakness to either a certain weapon or strategy which will encourage players to discuss the strategy and work together. He also advised that it is best to take down the Boss Salmonids as they appear so the party doesn’t become too bogged down with multiple Boss Salmonids on the map. If a player is defeated, they can still continue to move and call for help.
Also, another element in Salmon Run is that sometimes the area may be covered in fog. This will make it difficult of players to see where the Salmonids are located which will encourage players to help and communicate with each other. With the harder difficulties, it seems like more Boss Salmonids will continue to spawn at a faster rate than the easier difficulties so players are encouraged to select a wide range of weapons. Also in the harder difficulties, a player will be wrapped in golden sparkles which will make them the target for all the Salmonid. The difficulty can range from 5% to 200% and players can select the difficulty at 5% increments.
When asked what Salmon Run brings to Splatoon 2, the Squid Researcher stated that the mode uses the Nintendo Switch’s unique feature of being able to bring it anywhere with you so they incorporated a mode that allows players to play locally instead of using the internet. Also, even though it is possible to play Turf War with 8 players, sometimes it is difficult so Salmon Run was added to allow players to play with a smaller group. This mode is essentially you versus the enemy so cooperation is key in this mode.
I can’t wait until July 21 to get my hands on Splatoon 2!