Splatoon 3 is a Nintendo Switch Third-Person Shooter and the third entry in the Splatoon series. The game was announced at the end of the February 2021 Nintendo Direct presentation, and is currently scheduled for a September 9, 2022 release.
Taking place a year and a half after the events of the second game, the game takes place far outside the previous city of Inkopolis in favor of a new habitat: an arid, sun-soaked desert called the Splatlands, where Inklings and Octolings alike coexist. Following Team Chaos' victory in the previous game's Final Fest, development of the new hub city Splatsville — dubbed the "city of chaos" — accelerated to the point of becoming a new settlement for both races, transforming the city into a melting pot that advanced trends further, and even paved the way to the birth of new trends. Despite the harsh climate conditions, this has not stopped anyone from enjoying the sport they love the most: Turf Wars.
In the single-player campaign, Return of the Mammalians, the player must take the role of New Agent 3 as they help the Squidbeak Splatoon investigate the operations of the Octarian Army in the land of Alterna, as well as figure out what the deal is with this strange Fuzzy Ooze that gives everyone and anything that touches it a shaggy coat of fur.
Tropes associated with Splatoon 3:
- After the End: As if to remind players Splatoon is set after the end of humanity, the first trailer shows what appears to be the Eiffel Tower upside-down and in the middle of a desert wasteland.
- Bare Your Midriff: One of the two iterations of the Hero Suit shown in this blog post follows this trope, as the player character wears midriff-bearing outfits in hotter climes.
- Contrasting Sequel Setting: The first two games took place in Inkopolis, a bustling city inhabited by Inklings and many other species, but not Octolings (prior to the Octo Expansion). As shown in the reveal trailer, this game takes place in Splatsville, a desert town where Inklings and Octolings co-exist.
- Death from Above: Whereas the Splashdown was a special in 2, the first trailer shows players shot onto the field from floating spawn pods. This effectively means there is no fixed spawn point, making spawn camping impossible.
- Gender-Neutral Writing: The Character Customization screen shown in the first trailer no longer makes reference to choosing a specific gender, instead allowing players to select their "style".
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: The second trailer shows that players can grapple onto objects when using the Zipcaster special.
- In the Hood: The first trailer introduces the Player Character wearing a tattered hooded cape that helps to conceal their face until it's been customized.
- MacGyvering: The Tri-Stinger shown prominently on the box art has parts from a fishing rod's reel and a manual air pump.
- Mini-Mecha: A new special weapon, the Crab Tank, is a small walking mecha that the player pilots from the back, and has two different types of cannons.
- Monumental Damage: The teaser trailer prominently features an upended Eiffel Tower in the background.
- Multishot: One of the new weapons showcased in the trailer resembles a bow and arrow, and is capable of launching three long-range shots of ink at a time.
- Mutagenic Goo: The September 23, 2021 trailer shows clips of the Return of the Mammalians Story Mode, which features something official supplements call "Fuzzy Ink" that causes cephalopods to take on mammalian traits, namely the growing of fur seen on this game's Octotroopers. Touching Fuzzy Ink will render the player covered in fur and dazed. Fortunately, the player's Smallfry is immune to Fuzzy Ink and can clean it up for the player, as seen in promo clips, by devouring globs whole.
- Ninja: The Zipcaster special plays into ninja tropes by concealing a user in a full-body ink costume and giving them extreme mobility.
- Previous Player-Character Cameo: This blog post says that Splatoon's Agent 3 has become the new captain of the New Squidbeak Splatoon, as shown in the trailer released as part of the September 23, 2021 Nintendo Direct.
- Rent-a-Zilla: The February 2022 Nintendo Direct trailer ends with a Godzilla-esque Salmonid rising from the water.
- Scenery Gorn: The trailer showcases the barren wasteland that is the Splatlands — a harsh desert littered with metal scraps and rusting train cars. The centerpiece is what appears to be a long-abandoned Eiffel Tower, overturned and left to time.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: One of the weapons shown in the trailer is a compound bow that can shoot three jets of ink at once.
- Token Heroic Orc: It is acknowledged by the Squid Research Lab that the Salmonids are considered to be a dangerous species, and thus they are intrigued by the seemingly symbiotic relationship of the Inklings/Octolings and their juvenile Smallfry pets.
- Weapons That Suck: The release date trailer introduces the Ink Vac special, which sucks up enemy shots and fires them back with a powerful blast.
- Wham Shot: During the September 23, 2021 Direct, we see an image of an Octarian... with fur.