Nintendo has announced the strangest online multiplayer shooter ever as part of their E3 livestream.
Called Splatoon, the 4-on-4 title puts you in the role of children armed with paint guns who can transform into squid on command. Hey, I said it was weird. Strange premise aside, though, it actually looks like a total blast. Rather than just trying to hunt down and cap other players, your primary focus is painting the level itself. When the match is over, the team with the most coverage is the winner.
As for that whole squid-transformation thing? Whenever you’re in cephalopod form, you can dive into the paint and swim rapidly wherever your team’s colors cover, including up walls—though you’ll be unable to spray.
The game also appears to make decent (if not mindblowing) use of the Wii U’s gamepad controller, always displaying a map that’s updated in real time with the current state of the arena. You can also tap on your teammate’s icons to perform a super-jump, rapidly leaping to their position to provide backup.
The debut trailer, which you can check out above, also hints at a more diverse set of weapons than the standard water gun, including paint bombs, roller brushes, and even something powerful enough to summon an ink mushroom cloud. Fairly exciting to see a brand new IP from Nintendo, especially one that offers such an unconventional take on a popular genre.
Splatoon will be out exclusively for the Wii U in 2015.