Despite the fact that Splatoon 2 is still fresh off its July 21st release, the game might soon be getting a big haul of new content coming to players, including new maps, weapons, and even the inclusion of playable Octolings.
As discovered by the data mining community on Splatoon 2‘s Reddit (via Oatmeal Dome), files in the latest update files for the third-person shooter reveal revamped versions of the first Splatoon‘s Kelp Dome and Blackberry Skatepark maps, meaning players will likely getting a blast from the past soon enough. Additionally, two new maps labeled “Line” and “Tunnel” are in the code. Additionally, one of the new modes in Splatoon 2, Salmon Run, which pits teams of four against an onslaught of computer-controlled enemies, will apparently receive the new maps “Shakehouse” and “Threepoints”.
To make those new areas even more exciting, a new primary weapon called “Squeezer” was also found, which seems to be a semi-automatic rifle that increases its firing rate by how quickly the player presses the trigger button. Grizzco, one of the in-game brands that creates shirts, hats, and shoes, will reportedly now have weapons under their name, including a Blaster, Charger, and Brella.
Arguably the most intriguing uncovering was the mention of new player type options. References to “OctBoy” were hidden in the code, leading to the speculation that Octolings will possibly be added as playable characters in the update. In Splatoon lore, many Octolings—apart from the evil ones players encounter in the single-player campaigns—are able to co-exist with the Inklings, meaning it would make sense to add their kind to the competitive matches. While it will change the in-game narrative slightly, Nintendo has promised to continue developing new content for the game well past launch, and new character types would be a welcome addition for players. However, when this update will drop is unknown, so players will have to wait until official confirmation from Nintendo on if this new player type will be available soon or much farther down the line.
The game’s first Splatfest, which had players choose sides in a Ketchup vs. Mayo battle, fell in favor of Mayo after the 24 hours of battling. While the next themed contest has yet to be announced, Nintendo did confirm a new version of the map Shifty Station will appear in future Splatfests.
Splatoon 2 is available now for Nintendo Switch.
Source: PVP Live