With Splatoon 2’s content coming to an end, I thought I’d conjecture on what Splatoon 3 – or whatever it is we get next – might bring. Nintendo is making it crazy obvious that the final Splatfest is going to alter the future of Splatoon this time – so much so, they might have well just had a character in game say it directly… Not that Pearl didn’t already when she invoked Article 4 of Splatfest Law. So, despite who wins, here’s how I predict this plays out:
Off The Hook will be breaking up
I mean, I think this is the most obvious take-a-way from Marina worrying — twice, now — that Off The Hook will remain together (once during the Final Fest announcement earlier this week, and also worried that Pearl will have her back in the Unicorn Vs. Narwahl results.) There’s also precedence for this; The Squid Sisters split up after the final splatfest in the first game. (Of course, it looks like all is mostly well between Callie and Marie, now, though Agent 4 may hold a bit of a grudge.)
Of course, at least part of the single player mode is going to be influenced by this. I also think this might reflect, mirror, or possibly even be a catalyst for further conflict between Octolings and Inklings. I do think there’s going to be a notable conflict between the two in some regard in the story – the Octo Expansion set this up nicely, and I think it’s very possible the two sides, Chaos and Order, will represent Inklings and Octolings specifically. The splatfest may just decide who starts on top in this one. And dont forget the detail that the artwork for order shows both icons for Squid and Octopus, as well.
..for the record, I chose chaos. Those who know me well know it was the only choice!
The new idols in Splatoon 3 will be punk.
I think it’s pretty reasonable to think we’ll have a new set of idols again, especially given the above. I suppose it’s possible The Squid Sisters will take back over if Off The Hook breaks up, but I don’t think so. And I think the new idols will be punk to fit in the chaos/order theme.
It also makes sense given the past two sets of idols were pop (Squid Sisters) and hip/hop (Off the Hook) and are followed by rock. Punk just seems like the most logical next step.
It’s probably going to be quite some time before we get Splatoon 3, though. And this all might change given how the dialogue goes at the end of the Final Splatfest, too. It’s really early to call this, but I do think that’s how it will go.
Not even her final form!
…seriously, this won’t be Moxie’s final pixel image.
I finally have gotten around to downloading unity, and working on the meat of Meridian Knights, as well. It’s all a little new to me – I’m not a C# Programmer, damn it, I’m a sysadmin. It’s coming along nicely though, and frankly, it’s fun.
The strange part is, in my head, I’ve had a clear vision of what Meridian Knights should be — Super Metroid meets Mega Man X, and have a ton of ideas. Getting them onto paper — sometimes, in minute detail — is another matter. Animating Moxie, working on minor details of the physics of her walking, jumping, running… all something else entirely.
Semi-relatedly, also still working out some details with my other ideas concerning Radier. I’ve probably given a little away here, but it’s actually fleshing itself out a fair amount.
Unfortunately my video card went out in my main workstation. I intended to have the next act of Damn It, Monkey! Up by now, as well as some more character designs for that new project and a couple new pages of Ratboy Is Dead.
The fortunate lining is no data is lost during all this. I’ve ordered some new hardware so I should be back up in action before the end of the year. In the meantime, go spend the holidays with someone important to you or something.
(Author’s note: This has nothing to do with the upcoming mystery Splatoon announcement that will shock the world. This is just some quick predictions about the direction of Splatoon 2 specifically.)
We all know I love Splatoon. We all know I get way too into Splatoon. And, I’ve stewed on this for a while, because I think about Splatoon a lot. Like, a lot. So, with the Octo Expansion out (hopefully) in a few months here, I’m more and more sold on how I think some things near the end of life for Splatoon 2 will go.
The last splatfest will be Octolings vs. Inklings.
This seems like a no brainer, especially given Pearl and Marina’s dynamic. I’m sure we’ll find out a lot more about Marina in the Octo expansion, and this is the only legitimate way I can think of the follow up Splatoon’s final Splatfest (Callie Vs. Marie). Especially if they keep the tradition of final Splatfests influencing the next game alive (ok, I guess doing it once doesn’t necessarily count as a tradition), this seems only logical.
Side note: It’s hinted at in Splatfest opening dialogues that Marina works on the Shifty Stages. Since these levels contain single player mechanics found in Octo Valley, I’m going to sit a little firmer on this prediction.
…it would also be cool if Callie and Marie somehow get in on this.
The Final Splatfest will be a rotation of all prior Shifty Stages.
Frankly, I love (most of) the Shifty Stages. I’d love this. And maybe it’s wishful thinking, but honestly, it seems unfair to me that these stages are gone forever after a single weekend.
Also, it would be awesome if this stage also made it into regular rotation for turf war (at least) afterwards. I don’t have a lot of evidence to back this one up, so I hope it’s not just wishful thinking.
Time will only tell if I’m right, or if Nintendo will snipe these down with their splat chargers. But I think these are very plausible ideas, not outlandish, and I haven’t personally seen a lot of talk about it yet (probably because none of us want Splatfests to end!). Then again, I’m thinking way too far ahead since the Octo Expansion hasn’t even dropped.
What are your thoughts on this? Interact with me in the comments. That’s a thing. Do it, or some dualie menace will dart from nowhere and splat you.
Maybe. That might not happen actually. But feel free to interact.