Splatoon 3 will release in September, but Nintendo has revealed that it will give Switch owners a chance to try out the game sooner.
A demo of Splatoon 3 will be available for free download from the Nintendo eShop starting August 18, Nintendo confirmed during a recent Direct presentation (opens in new tab). Although parts of the demo will become playable from August 25th, things truth will kick off on August 27 with Splatoon 3: Splatfest World Premiere.
Special multiplayer events known as Splatfests are returning in Splatoon 3. They look a little different from previous iterations, as this time you’ll be asked to choose one of three themed teams, rather than one of two. The team options for Splatfest World Premiere, for example, are Rock, Paper, Scissors. Choose wisely.
According to Nintendo, the twelve-hour Splatfest will be a battle of two halves. The first half will see teams competing in a 4-v-4 Turf War format. The second half will build on Splatoon’s reputation for total chaos and have all three teams fighting in a new 4-v-2-v-2 mode called the Tricolor Turf War.
The world premiere of Splatfest will be open to all Nintendo Switch owners. A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required, but if you don’t have one, you can still participate, as Nintendo has said that those who download the demo before the event will receive a code for a 7-day trial. Codes will begin emailing from August 25th and can be redeemed until August 29th, even if you claimed access to a free trial before.
Nintendo seems to be making an effort to make this Splatoon 3 demo as easy to access as possible by giving away these free Nintendo Switch Online trials. If you’re a longtime Splatoon fan, this Splatfest will undoubtedly make a great pre-release gift to whet your appetite. If you haven’t delved into the colorful world of Splatoon yet, this might be the perfect way to see if it’s for you.
The rest of the Nintendo Direct gave us a good look at how Splatoon 3 will be stepping things up over 2017’s Splatoon 2, with new weapons, new locations, and extensive post-launch support that includes two years of free updates and even plans to ” large paid DLC at scale”.
If you end up getting involved in the demo and enjoying what you play, the good news is that you’ll only have to wait until September 9 for Splatoon 3 to release in full as a Nintendo Switch platform exclusive.