Splatoon 2: more details about the Octo Expansion, Ver. 3.0.0 (incl. new song previews, more)

Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion

Last week, during the latest Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo shared plenty of details about what’s coming next to Splatoon 2. The next major Software update was announced (Ver. 3.0.0), along with paid DLC for Single Player (check out this post for more details).

And over the past couple of days, the Squid Research Lab has been sharing more details, pictures, and videos for both the update and the Octo Expansion, via Twitter!

March 20th

In Octo Expansion, players will be able to meet a unique sea cucumber called “Namako Shashou” (lit. Conductor Sea Cucumber) in Japan. He basically serves as a guide in the underground facility. He may look a bit fishy (pun totally intended), but he’s a pretty qualified individual who can do many things. If you ever find yourself in a tough spot, make sure to go talk to him!

Once you’ve cleared Octo Expansion, you will be able to play as an Octoling in multiplayer. As explained below, an Octoling plays the exact same way as regular Inklings. But there’s just one (minor) difference: they look slightly different in their “squid” form (or rather we should say “octopus” form!).

Here’s a video clip showcasing it:

In Ver. 3.0.0, more than 100 new pieces of Gear will be added to the game. Some of them are new, and others are new variants of Gear already in the game.

March 13th

First, some details about the Octo Expansion. The protagonist is one No. 10008, also known as “Agent 8”. They’re a young Octoling who have lost their memories due to some sort of trauma, and don’t even know how they ended up in the underground. Moved by the music of the Squid Sisters, they decide to aim for the surface, and escape.

The expansion is all about an enormous facility located deep underground, where various experiments used to be conducted. This place is quite mysterious: nobody knows who built it, and for what purpose. The whole thing looks as if stopped in time, and completely separate from the outside world.

In the Octo Expansion, Pearl and Marina from Off the Hook appear in their casual clothes. Just like Marie and Callie in Splatoon, and Marie in the original Single Player campaign of Splatoon 2, they help Agent 8 make their escape by providing useful (and sometimes not so useful…) advice via wireless transmissions.

It looks like players will be able to enjoy new songs by the duo, but also discover how the two came to meet and form Off the Hook!

But that’s not all: the duo will also help you in a much more direct manner… If you ever get stuck in one of the 80+ levels from the Octo Expansion, Pearl and Marina will let you skip it and progress through the story (which implies that the levels are going to be particularly tough… then again, the footage from the Nintendo Direct already made that pretty clear).

And you don’t need to worry about using that option: you will not be penalised if you ever decide to skip a level. You will still unlock the option to play as an Octoling in multiplayer by reaching the end of the expansion, which is great news for players who may think the levels are a tad too tough for them.

Looking at the screenshots below, it looks like you can “pay” to continue from a checkpoint after dying in a level. To ask Pearl and Marina for help, you have to press the X button when the “icon” is displayed on the screen.

And in case you’re wondering: Octolings play the exact same way as Inklings in multiplayer, so you will not be at disadvantage if you decide to stick with Inklings.

Also, the most common gear can be used with either “forms”, so you don’t have to worry about your freshness level dropping when switching to an Octoling or to an Inkling. You will be able to switch from one to the other from the customisation screen, just like you already can for your gender, haircut, etc..

Cap’n Cuttlefish is one of the characters you will get to meet in the Octo Expansion. He used to lead the Squidbeak Splatoon, the protecting Inklings from the Octarians. He may be a bit old nowadays, he’s still a proud warrior, and in fact, he’s currently patrolling with Agent 3 (the protagonist in Splatoon)… well, he should have been. For some reason, he ended up stuck in the underground with Agent 3.

As you’ve probably seen in the Nintendo Direct footage, Agent 8 needs to take the subway (called “Shinkai Metro” in Japanese, lit. “Deep See Metro”) in order to navigate the underground. The place seems to have developed independently. The passengers of the subway all look rather scary, and quite different from the inhabitants on the surface, but they’re apparently good people.

Each station of the subway network is directly connected to the experiment facility. The levels are filled with various obstacles and mechanisms that attack Agent 8, and that you need to navigate through.  It looks like each level offers a different type of challenge, with some of them only allowing you to use special weapons, for example. To clear the levels, you will need to learn to use all the different weapons and techniques.

Next, some details about Ver. 3.0.0. As mentioned during the Nintendo Direct, Callie will appear in the Octo Valley (near Cap’n Cuttlefish’s shack). Apparently, Callie will share some juicy details (aka. stats!) about Agent 4 if you talk to her! The update adds a new rank: Rank X. Check out this post for more details!

Also, the Squid Research Lab reveal that ABXY, the Squid Chiptune band, is make its comeback in Splatoon via the Ver. 3.0.0 update for Splatoon 2. Indeed, it will include two new songs from them:

  • Chip Damage

  • Battery Full

Finally, here’s plenty of screenshots of artworks for both the Octo Expansion and Ver. 3.0.0:

The Ver. 3.0.0 update for Splatoon 2 will launch in late April, and the Octo Expansion this Summer.

Source: Squid Research Lab (Twitter)



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