Splatoon 2: all the details, pics, GIFs (and more…) from the Squid Research Lab [May 2017]

In this post, we’re going to gather all the details, pics, GIFs, videos, etc. for Splatoon 2, straight from the Squid Research Lab. Naturally, we will keep it updated until the game’s launch, though we may end up going with weekly posts depending on the volume of content shared by the classiest bunch of scientists on Earth.

May 31st

Today, the Squid Research Lab shared a report about a returning fashion brand found in Splatoon 2: Takoroka (Yako in Japanese). They specialise on sportswear, with a focus on sneakers. Their clothes and shoes are made using propietary technology, and features unique designs, making them pretty fashionable. It’s a brand favoured by Inklings who want to assert their individuality, and set themselves apart from other Inklings.

May 30th

Today, the Squid Research Lab shared a report about a new gimmick found in Hero Mode: Corogarium (English name TBC by the US branch of the SRL). If you splat it with ink, it starts rolling, and kills all enemies on its way. If you shoot at it from a specific angle, you can even send it flying.

There’s a special enemy that actually uses Corogarium to attack, but you can send it flying back at ’em with your weapon. You just need to do so with the right timing!

May 29th

Today’s report from the Squid Research Lab isn’t about Splatoon 2 itself, but a follow-up on a report from almost two years ago. The researcher wrote a few words using squid ink, to prove that said ink really changed colour over time. And the results are in… yes, the ink did change colour!

You can see that for yourself with the picture below (the first one is this year’s):

By the way, Saturday was the 2nd Anniversary of Splatoon in Japan, and looking at this piece of calligraphy really reminds the researchers of the 2 years that went by. Naturally, they would like to thank everyone for their continued support, and assure fans that while ink can fade with time, memories of the past two years will not!

Fun fact: the Squid Research Lab did not tweet anything on Saturday (for the 2nd Anniversary of Splatoon), because the researchers were too busy with… a certain Global Testpunch!

May 26th

Today, the Squid Research Lab shared some more details about the Hero Mode. As seen in the trailer showcased during the ARMS Direct, the levels feature plenty of brand new gimmicks, and one of them is called Ride Rail. It works just like you would expect, you just on it, and then slide at high speed. If you jump while riding one, you can go even higher than with a regular jump.

There’s also a gimmick called “Piropiro” in Japanese, which is basically a rolled-up bridge. To unroll it, you simply need to splat it with ink. As seen in the video clip below, you can actually defeat enemies by unrolling the bridge on them. After a while, it rolls back up again, and since you can’t unroll it from the other side, you better think first before crossing it!

May 25th

Today, the Squid Research Lab shared some details and picture for a returning clothing brand: Inkline (Shigureni in Japanese). Since they use state-of-art materials, their clothes are suited for pretty much any kind of harsh environment. They’re also pretty comfortable and fashionable, which is why many Inklings choose to wear them as everyday clothes. If you ever go camping or bouldering, you will see lots of people wearing Inkline clothes!

May 24th

Today, the Squid Research Lab shared some details and pictures for a new enemy called “Octoller” (English name TBC by the US branch of the SRL). If those enemies spot you, they run away… but not before dropping a Splat Bomb behind!

May 23rd

Today, the Squid Research Lab shared some details and pictures for the Octolings, who are back in Splatoon 2. Just like Inklings, they can assume human form, and are surprisingly similar to them in many regards. They may look cute on the surface, those Octolings are actually extremely deadly. Just like the protagonist, they can use more weapons than in Splatoon: Roller, Slosher, etc. Their visor is brand new, too.

May 22nd

Today, the Squid Research Lab shared some details and pictures for one of the new bosses found in the Splatoon 2 Hero Mode: Octomurai (official English name to be confirmed by the English branch of the SRL soon). His weapon of choice is a giant roller, that can flatten anyone getting a bit too close (like that poor Agent 4 in one of the screenshots below).

Among the Octarians, he’s sort of a big brother figure, that everyone can rely on. His hobby is travelling on a motorbike, and in fact, he seems to be riding on a unicycle (that can transform into a roller-motorbike) most of the time. Fun fact: the roller is actually part of a motorbike! The researcher from the Squid Research Lab points out that he looks more like a Sekitori than a Samurai…

May 22nd

Over the past few days, the Squid Research Lab shared the following pictures and details:

  • some pictures of the special gear you can get in Splatoon 2 if you buy the game and select products (such as the Splatoon 2 bundle) at 7-Eleven in Japan;
  • some pictures of the protagonist of Hero Mode, the latest recruit of the New Squidbeak Platoon. They’re appointed Agent 4 by Marie, who happens to be your guide this time around. Your mission is to head to Octo Valley, the home base of the Octarians;
  • Marie is not only a member of the Squid Sisters, she’s also Agent 2. She’s monitoring the Octarians, while Cap’n Cuttlefish is nowhere to be seen. For some reason, Agent 4 never heard of her before… do they not watch TV at all?
  • This time around, you get to use several different weapons in Hero Mode. They’re all given to you by Sheldon of Ammo Knights, and they’re also approved for Turf Wars. What a shrewd one, that Sheldon!
  • The Octarians are back, and they seem stronger than ever! This time, they are even more enemy types, including a zeppelin-like enemy, or a giant bowling ball one.

And here’s the latest updates from the US branch of the Squid Research Lab:

A ways back we introduced the Boss Salmonids that will make their appearance in Salmon Run. It turns out that these big baddies are the ones holding the Golden Eggs, and they come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. We’re still waiting on additional details, but you can tell just by looking at them–these guys are mean!

Annaki is a new brand of gear we’ve seen rise through the ranks in recent years. Their clothes have developed a strong counter-culture, post-punk feel, and everything from their hand-printed T-shirts to more custom pieces of gear just ooze originality. With their growing legion of devoted fans, this up-and-coming brand will definitely be one to watch!

May 16th

Today, the Squid Research Lab shared an illustration from the Splatoon manga author, that announces that the latest Splatoon manga will debut in the June issue of CoroCoro Comic. This time around, the setting moves from the Inkopolis Plaza to the Inkopolis Square, just like in Splatoon 2. If you’re interested, you can read the manga (in Japanese!) on the CoroCoro website!

May 11th

Today, the Squid Research Lab introduced a returning clothing brand found in Splatoon 2, called Splash Mob (Jimon in Japanese). A pretty popular brand among young adult Inklings with a strong fashion sense. Their clothes feature sophisticated yet casual designs, and are favoured by demanding Inklings. It looks like this brand has been expanding into glasses and shoes, lately.

May 10th

Today, the Squid Research Lab introduced a new clothing brand found in Splatoon 2, called Tataki Kensaki (English name to be confirmed by the US branch of the Squid Research Lab soon). Clothes from that brand have a pretty simple yet elegant design, with a focus on black and white tones. This brand is pretty popular among young Inklings, and many shops carry their clothes.

Here’s a commercial for Tataki Kensaki, which is frequently displayed on the various screens in Inkopolis Square, drawing the attention of passerbys and young Inklings spending their free time there:

May 8th

Today, the Squid Research Lab introduced a returning clothing brand found in Splatoon 2, called Tentatek (Arome in Japanese). This brand is known for their high-tech sneakers, that combine fashion with the latest technologies. Plenty of famous athletes buy Gear from that brand.

The Squid Research Lab also introduces a particular pair of sneakers called Town Hi-Grey Slugs, a highly-anticipated high-end model in the Slugs Series. It features big logos on the sides. It looks like this particular model is particularly popular among athletes and the youth.

May 3rd

Today, the Squid Research Lab introduced a new clothing brand found in Splatoon 2, called Anaaki (English name to be confirmed by the US branch of the Squid Research Lab soon). This brand is part of the Inkling subculture, which is why it includes various punk elements. It features various hand-printed t-shirts, a cap, and more. It looks like a pretty popular brand, with many enthusiastic fans.

Previous months

Splatoon 2 (Switch) comes out on July 21st worldwide.

Source: Squid Research Lab (Japan / North America)



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