After a short drought of new content, Nintendo announced during today’s Direct that version 4 of Splatoon 2 is coming tonight. In the official Tumblr blog for the game, Nintendo detailed the new weapon sets, changes to Splatfests, and exclusive in-game content for Nintendo Switch Online 12-month subscribers.
Part of the “Kensa Collection,” these new weapons will begin to roll out to Splatoon 2 players starting tonight—these are familiar weapons with a monochromatic finish, with red laundry clips attached. A second Kensa Collection and a new stage will come to the game in October in version 4.1.
Nintendo also states that the game’s regular Splatfests will go through some changes: the Solo and Team modes will be replaced with “Normal” and “Pro” modes. Normal mode will allow players to join one to three friends to form a team, and your combined points will determine your “clout.” Depending on your team’s loadouts, you can earn a team nickname and matching bonus.
Pro mode will have players jump into matches solo, being instead judged on their “Splatfest Power.” Defeat teams with a higher Splatfest Power and earn more clout, with players competing to make it to the Splatfest Top 100. Every once in a while, 10x Battles and even 100x Battles will multiply your points. Splatfests will be determined by votes, clout from Normal matches, and clout from Pro matches.
Additionally, subscribers to the 12-month plan for the Nintendo Switch Online service will receive exclusive in-game gear. Right now, you can participate in a Splatoon 2-themed event in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.