Some fresh and free new content for Splatoon 2 on Nintendo Switch is coming to all players on 25th April. After downloading a major new update (Version 3.0.0) for Splatoon 2, players will have access to a huge amount of new features. This new content includes the introduction of a challenging new X Rank for the top-performing players in Ranked Battle, the addition of more than 100 pieces of new and returning gear, weapon balance adjustments, and the return of Callie of the famous Squid Sisters.
X Rank is an extremely challenging Ranked Battle experience targeting the best-of-the-best players. Players who are S+10 in the current Splatoon 2 ranking system will automatically be registered as X Rank after downloading the update. Players who are X Rank will battle for an X Power level. Players with similar X Power levels will be matched together even within the same X Rank. Once a month, 500 players with the highest X Power level for each of the four different Ranked Battle modes will be announced in the SplatNet2 section of the Nintendo Switch Online app for mobile devices.
Along with this ranking announcement, X Power levels will be reset every month. During this reset, players whose X Power level ends up lower than a set threshold will rank down to S+9. This new system encourages players of all ranks to enjoy improving their play and maintaining their skills, as opposed to simply focusing on ranking up.
The first X Power reset is currently scheduled for 31st May and any future resets will take place on the first day of the month. As a part of these periodic resets, the rotation of 8 selected stages in each mode – with 2 stages rotating every 2 hours - the addition of new weapons and the introduction of new stages will also occur. The update will also see the return of the popular stage Camp Triggerfish, along with four additional weapons.
In addition to X Rank, this new update adds more than 100 pieces of gear – some new, some returning from the original Splatoon – as well as new songs from Chirpy Chips, a popular in-game chiptune-style band featured in the first game. The update will also include some weapon balance adjustments, bug fixes and other changes.
The software update also marks the long-awaited return of Callie of the famous Squid Sisters. Once players meet a certain condition after downloading the update, Callie will appear in Tentakeel Outpost in Octo Canyon. Callie will also offer recent multiplayer stats about the player’s character.
In other Splatoon 2-related news, the Splatoon European Championship recently came to a close on 31st March, and it was German team Gucci Gang who came out on top with a 2-0 victory against El Firmament in the final. Gucci Gang will now represent Europe on the biggest stage of all, at the Splatoon 2 World Championship from 11th – 12th June in Los Angeles. They’ll be up against the top teams from the U.S. and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and Japan – can they emerge victorious on the world stage? You can watch the Splatoon European Championship – extended highlights by visiting our official YouTube channel.
A major new update (Version 3.0.0) for Splatoon 2 will release on 25th April, including the introduction of a challenging new X Rank for the top-performing players in Ranked Battle, the addition of more than 100 pieces of new and returning gear, weapon balance adjustments and the return of Callie of the famous Squid Sisters. On 31st March, German team Gucci Gang were crowned as European champions and will now compete at the Splatoon 2 World Championship which takes place from 11th – 12th June in Los Angeles.