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Splatoon 3 demo coming late August with new Splatfest

Try before you buy.

Splatoon 3 demo will be available later this month ahead of the game’s release in early September, Nintendo today advised as part of a larger Splatoon 3 Nintendo Direct.

The demo will be offered in the form of a multiplayer Splatfest World Premiere which kicks off on 28 August.

According to the publisher, it “offers every Nintendo Switch owner the chance to take part in this global event before the full game launches.”

Access to the demo opens up a couple days earlier, from 25 August; players have seven days to try out the new ink-shooter.

Nintendo also detailed more of what to expect from the full game.

“All main weapon types from previous Splatoon games will be available in Splatoon 3 from the start,” Nintendo said. “New, Splatlands-specific weapons have been added as well: the bow-like Tri-Stringer, which can fire in three directions simultaneously and unleash charged shots that briefly freeze before exploding. The Splatana Wiper sends blades of ink flying with the centrifugal force generated by swinging it. If swung after charging up, it’ll transform into a charged slash.”

Players will take part in one of three modes: the story-based Return of the Mammalians, the multiplayer Turf War, or co-op Salmon Run.

You can watch the full Direct below.

Splatoon 3 heads to Nintendo Switch on 9 September.

Splatoon 3

9 September 2022

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