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'Splatoon 2' Splatfest Demo Announced For July 15

Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch Direct

Nintendo revealed more information about Splatoon 2's various game modes, companion smartphone app, and free demo, among other things.

The company notes that some features of the online service will only be free until it officially launches its paid Nintendo Switch Online Service sometime next year.

Today's Splatoon 2 Direct showed a lobby system that will be familiar to players of Arms, with avatars visualised on screen as they dance around a virtual room.

Within this app, Nintendo will be hosting SplatNet 2, a Splatoon 2-specific service to allow players to keep tabs on what's going on in the game.

It will also provide access the SplatNet 2, which includes online play stats and an early look at upcoming game stages.

Customization is much more varied in Splatoon 2, including eye color, hair style, and skin tone.

Like most everybody else, I was wary when Nintendo announced that so much of the typical features you'd expect to be built into a console's online services would be handled by an app, but I'm also cautiously optimistic about it. Sometimes you just don't want to shoot ink around a skate park for a couple hours while you wait for other maps to cycle through. There's even a "Share" button available so you can post battles for some bragging rights. Summer 2017 gets players into some wild fun with Splatoon 2, the sequel to the hit third-person, team-based shooter. When it does, you'll be able to order gear using in-game money, and then pick up your purchases next time you play!