Nintendo has been quietly cranking away on Splatoon 2 content since the game’s big 2.0 update, culminating in another big update out now.
The new update includes over one hundred pieces of gear new to Splatoon 2 (either completely new or returning to the game from the first Splatoon), new music, a new rank, and more.
The new rank, called X rank, is the highest attainable goal in Splatoon 2 Ranked Battle multiplayer. Players who are currently Rank S+10 will automatically move up to Rank X, which is essentially its own league of multiplayer. Every month, players who are Rank X compete for what Nintendo calls an X Power Level. The five hundred players with the highest power levels will be honored on Nintendo’s SplatNet app every month until it resets the following month.
If you’re X Rank but don’t hit the monthly threshold for power level, you get bumped down to S+9 during the monthly reset, so you can’t rest on your laurels.
Camp Triggerfish makes its return to the series, as well, entering as one the new ranked stages. New music will also be introduced from in-game chiptune band Chirpy Chips.
Finally, Callie returns to the game as a friend instead of an enemy, appearing at Tentakeel Outpost after players beat the single player campaign. She’s…kind of remorseful about what happened. After she takes her place next to Marie, Callie will offer you recent multiplayer stats for your character.
Nintendo has announced a major paid DLC expansion to Splatoon 2 later this year titled Octo Expansion, but has not given a date yet. Last month, we talked to Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami about Inkopolis food, Biggie and Tupac, and more.
Nintendo is really out there supporting Splatoon 2 with a lot of DLC. Considering how well it sold and is still selling, I expect the DLC tail on this game will last a lot longer than the first game’s, which was a major success in its own right.