On August 5, Nintendo is set to let loose a ton of free content for Splatoon. Good thing, too, because I haven’t played the game in a few weeks. I imagine a few others in the fanbase would say the same thing.
The content is actually pretty promising. We’ll see an increased level cap, more than 40 new pieces of gear, new weapon types and, my favorite, two new matchmaking modes.
The new level cap will be 50 (it was initially 20) and S and S+ ranks in the ranked mode.
As for the modes, this update will feature Squad Battle and Private Battle. Here’s how Nintendo describes them in the press release accompanying the announcement.
The new update introduces Squad Battle and Private Battle matchmaking options. In Squad Battle, players can participate in Ranked Battle rule sets with friends, rather than being teamed up with other players through a random selection. After a player creates a squad, friends can be recruited to form a team of two to four Inklings. Friends will always play together on the same team and battle against other squads at random.
In Private Battle, friends can splat it up in private, customizable matches. Two to eight friends can battle together by selecting their favorite map, mode and weapons. The number of participants ranges from 1v1 to 4v4, but teams don’t have to be even: If the host chooses, he or she can select a 1v4, 1v2, or any other combination of players.
Again, this is a free update. Just connect your Wii U to the Internet once it’s live (which, with Splatoon, it’s likely connected already) and get downloading.