While there are plenty of aquatic creatures in Splatoon 2, there is a distinct lack of turtles. It appears Nickelodeon will be amending this oversight with a new sponsored Splatfest. The next events for Europe and North America will ask players to pick their favorite hero in a half-shell.
Since there are 4 main protagonists in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, the Splatfest will have a different setup this time. Instead of one day of fighting, the event will have multiple rounds. The first pits fans of Raphael against those who like Leonardo more. Players will then get to decide between Michelangelo and Donatello for the next battle. Afterward, another bought will take place to determine which of the winners is superior.
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.
Things begin in North America at midnight (EDT) on May 4, 2018. In Europe, the competition starts at 15:00 (BST) on the same day. The second round will take place the following week. Assuming previous trends continue, each Splatfest will last for 24 hours. Due to the nature of the tournament structure, participants will not have long to claim their rewards. In Europe, the deadline is 22:59 on May 8th.
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