E3 2019: Nintendo Switch's Splatoon 2 Last Splatfest, 5.0 Update Announced

The Splatocalypse unfolds next month.


Nintendo closed out its pre-E3 Splatoon 2 World Championship with a big announcement: the theme of the game's final Splatfest event. Ahead of the company's E3 Direct on Tuesday, Splatoon 2 producer Hisashi Nogami took the stage and announced the Final Fest, which will take place over a 72-hour period from July 18-21. Fittingly for the final Splatfest, the competition will carry an apocalyptic theme: chaos vs. order.

Just as in previous Splatfests, a new Shifty Station will be featured during the Final Fest. Not only that, but all 23 Shifty Station stages from previous Splatfests will return for the event as well. The previous Shifty Stations will rotate out for the first 48 hours of the Final Fest, while the new design will be featured for the final 24 hours.

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Nintendo also announced four new pieces of headgear to coincide with the Final Fest. The gear will be distributed through the Squid Research Lab channel from the Switch News app closer toward the event. You can take a look at it below.

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That wasn't the only Splatoon 2 announcement. Nogami also revealed that the game's 5.0 update will arrive in late July, following the Final Fest. The update will add a "Turf War (Splatfest)" option to private battles, which will allow players to play on any of the 24 Shifty Station maps. The Splatfest option will also transform the other stages into their nighttime versions, just as they appeared during actual Splatfests.

Nintendo has more announcements in store on June 11, which it airs its E3 Direct presentation. That will focus on Switch games coming in 2019, including Luigi's Mansion 3, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. You can find out when and how to watch Nintendo's E3 Direct here.

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