Splatoon 3: players will get to choose their region for the Splatfest World Premiere

In Splatoon and Splatoon 2, Splatfests were region-locked. You could take only part in the Splatfests of the same region as your copy of the game. For example, buying a Japanese copy of Splatoon 2 would lock you into Japanese Splatfests. But it looks like this is about to change, as the Splatfest World Premiere for Splatoon 3 will allow players to select their region.

When digital pre-orders for Splatoon 3 went live, many people noticed that this time around, Nintendo had gone with one, global SKU (which is the norm for virtually all Nintendo games on Nintendo Switch), with all languages included in one version. This seemed to indicate that Splatfests in Splatoon 3 would be fully global.

And today, Nintendo announced that players taking part in the Splatfest World Premiere will be able to select their region.

When launching the demo for the first time, you will be asked to select your region of residence. But be careful: once you’ve made your choice, you will not be able to change it, and you will have to take part in the Splatfest at the designated time for that region. And no, deleting and redownloading the demo won’t change anything: the only way to “change” your region will be to use a different Nintendo Account.

The Splatfest World Premiere demo will offer 4 options for your region:

  • Japan
  • Americas
  • Europe
  • Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong

Right now, it’s not clear whether players will also get to choose their region in the full version of the game, though it’s quite likely that they will (and that this will also be a one-time choice).

Splatoon 3 (Switch) comes out on September 9th worldwide.

Source: Squid Research Lab (Twitter)


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