Splatoon 2 Producer Hisashi Nogami recently sat down to conduct an interview, where he answered some of the fans’ most pressing questions regarding the world of Splatoon. [Thanks, Game Informer!]
Here are the highlights:
Game Informer: The upcoming Octo Expansion takes place in a subway system. What prevents the subway from being flooded when there’s so much water everywhere?
Hisashi Nogami, producer: “That’s a really good question! [Laughs] I think the best answer is to probably say that we can’t quite be sure where it is that this Octo Expansion is taking place, whether it’s simply beneath the surface of the Splatoon world or if it’s in its own sort of sealed-off location somewhere.
We have said that it is underground in some way. We had this idea, when we were creating the Octo Expansion, of “deep sea” as a sort of background setting. I can’t quite be sure as to what level the water has come to in that location quite yet.
It is true that the inklings will sort of disappear into a puff of smoke when they touch water, so I’m going to really have to think about where the physical location of the Octo Expansion is. [Laughs] We have said “deep sea,” but whether it’s actually in the water is something that we have to consider.
It might just be that this is a sort of secret underground laboratory of sorts, so it might just be that they have some type of mysterious technology they’re using to keep the water out.”
Game Informer: Do the inklings know that at one point in the past, squids could go in water?
Nogami: “So this is just one of my own theories I have, but these inklings have gone through a lot to evolve from the squids that we know to the creatures that they’ve become in this world. In that evolution, one of their characteristics is that they can change their forms freely. But again, one of my theories is that one of the downsides to being able to so freely change their form is that their outer membrane is thin and very permeable, so when it comes into contact with another liquid surface like water, that the ink within them will just sort of bleed out and that may be the cause of the problem.
For the inklings, in the process of their evolution, which has made them better in some ways. One of the downsides of that is that they’ve lost the ability to swim around in water. That’s just something they’ve had to toss aside in their evolution. The salmonids [from Splatoon 2’s Salmon Run mode], in a different way have evolved, but for some reason they are still able to enter water and swim around.”
Game Informer: Are the creatures of Splatoon’s universe much bigger now than they once were before they evolved, or has the world been scaled to their smaller size?
Nogami: “This is something that I’ve not even thought that much about. [Laughs] I suppose it’s probably something a bit in the middle that the scale of the world may have changed over time, but also that in their evolution, these creatures have changed in scale as well.
We may think that an inkling stands this tall, but unless we do further research, we may never get the answer to that.”
You can read the rest of the interview here.
Splatoon 2 is available for Nintendo Switch.