Nintendo’s Splatoon 3 Direct ended with confirmation of a new set of hosts. Replacing the Off The Hook duo of Marina and Pearl is a new trio: Deep Cut. The group calls the Splatlands their turf, and runs the Anarchy Splatcast, the in-game news broadcast.
Like Off The Hook, and The Squid Sisters before them, Deep Cut trio is a group of popstar performers: Shiver, Frye, and Big Man. They’ll deliver Splatoon 3 news each day when players log in or in the background on players’ “Sea-cucumber Phones”. This includes information about in-game events and the map rotation for each mode. They’ll also perform during Splatfests, which return to provide periodic bursts of community competitive chaos.
Check out a video of Deep Cut’s Splatoon 3 Splatfest performance from the Direct Broadcast. They’re performing the song “Anarchy Rainbow”.
Besides the addition of Deep Cut as hosts, Splatoon 3 Splatfests also changed a bit in format. Previously, Splatfests presented the community with a binary choice, such as “Ketchup vs. Mayonnaise”. Now, since Deep Cut is a trio, Splatfests are a three-way match, presenting three options for players to align with. These choices will be introduced during the Splatcast when Splatfest time rolls around. One example lays out the options as Rock, Paper, or Scissors. Splatfests will then play out in combat. The first half of a Splatfest follows the usual pattern of 4-on-4 Turf War matches between the colors. Then things change up for the second half. In the second half, three teams will be present on the field. The leading team has four members, while two members each from the trailing teams arrive. With the leading team placed in the center, they need to defend their territory from both sides, as the losing teams can cooperate to bring the leading team down.
Splatoon 3 launches on September 9, 2022 on Nintendo Switch. The world premiere Splatfest kicks off on August 27, 2022. Check out more about the game’s new locale, Splatsville.