Splatoon 3 is Real, but We'll Have to Wait Until 2022

Nintendo is working on Splatoon 3, but we'll have to be content with the first Splatoon 3 trailer for a while yet.

Splatoon 3 is in production, and it's coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022. Nintendo announced the third entry in the endless war between Inklings and Octolings during the February Nintendo Direct and unveiled a first look at it.

Splatoon 3 takes place in a brand-new area, the "sun-scorched Splatlands" and the city of Splatsville. Something terrible has happened, and the Inklings and Octolings make their way to Splatsville in the aftermath, looking for a new life — and plenty of new fights.

We don't know much about Splatoon 3 yet, but the trailer description says there will be new moves, new weapons, and much more.

There's also a detailed character creation screen at the start of the game, offering several skin, eye, and hair options plus a chance to customize the strange little creature that accompanies the protagonist Inkling.

Nintendo broke its long-standing rule of not revealing games more than a year away, but it promised more Splatoon 3 information over the coming year.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Feb. 17th 2021

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