Nintendo have revealed the details on the next Splatfest for Splatoon 2. For the first time since Ketchup Versus Mayonnaise, the theme is going to be the same around the world. The teams this time around will consist of action aficionados and fans of comedy.
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As always, Splatfests are events in which players pick a faction and compete against the opposing team in special Turf War matches. During the competition, players will only team up with others in their faction, though they may fight each other if the opposition lacks members. Each Splatfest also has its own unique map that will appear in the rotation along with two normal stages.
After the event ends and the results are revealed, players will receive special sea slugs based on their performance. Players can exchange these slugs to add slots to their gear, eliminating the need to choose between fashion and function. These slugs are also necessary to change the primary ability of a piece of gear. All participants will get some, but those on the winning team will get more. The popular vote as well as the win rates in team and random match-ups determine which side gets the bonus loot.
While the war goes on, players can only wear the shirt they received for voting. Those who pick early can prepare by racking up experience and earning abilities before the event begins. These shirts also happen to be cheaper to scrub. As such, these events are a great opportunity to farm for ability chunks.
The action begins in North America at 20:00 PST on Friday, January 12th. The event will also be going on in Japan starting on Saturday at 15:00 JST, which means the two regions will be playing simultaneously. Europe starts a bit later at 13:00 CET on Saturday. As usual, the competition will last for 24 hours in each region. After all the battles are over, the global tallies will determine which side wins.
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