The latest Nintendo Direct revealed that Splatoon 2 will be updated to version 4.0 followed soon by version 4.1 with more to follow… for now.
Splatoon 2 Version 4.0 launched yesterday with a groovy new trailer, new Splatfest features, and the first of two Kensa Collections. From now on, Splatfests are split into Normal and Pro modes instead of the old Solo and Team modes.
Normal mode will let you join a Splatfest battle by yourself or with friends. Pro mode operates a bit differently and is meant to be more competitive. In Pro mode, you jump in solo and raise your Splatfest Power as much as possible. Raise it enough and you may make it into the Splatfest Top 100. Beating other teams in Pro mode increases your clout, and you can get more clout for beating teams with a higher Splatfest Power than you. Additionally, both Normal and Pro modes can see rare 10x battles where your points are multiplied by 10, as well as even rarer 100x battles! Final Splatfest results are now based on votes, Normal mode clout, and Pro mode clout.
Version 4.0 will be followed by version 4.1 in early October. Version 4.1 will come with Kensa Collection #2 as well as a new stage and new special and sub weapons. After that though, Splatoon 2 appears to be slowing down on the updates before ending altogether. The stage releasing in early October will be the final stage added to the game, and weapon additions will cut off at the end of 2018. After that, Splatfests will continue until July 2019. There’s no word on how long new gear will continue to be added, if it will be phased out at the same time as new weapons or if it will continue a bit longer, but it looks like Splatoon 2 will stop receiving updates in July 2019 at the latest.
Finally, for those who are planning to sign up for Nintendo Switch Online when it launches Sept 18, you can get a download code for some in-game gear in early October if you sign up for a 12-month membership for either an individual or family account. Click here for more details.
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Chris started loving video games at a young age, playing Super Mario World and Star Fox on his parents’ SNES. Although Nintendo (the Switch in particular these days) is still front and center for him, he also spends a fair amount of time on his PS4 and PC. He is also a huge fan of the Fire Emblem and Star Fox franchises. Chris enjoys watching basketball as well and is a huge fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.
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