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In preparation for E3’s 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational, the Squid Research Lab has posted details and pictures of Splat Zones, Tower Control and Rainmaker in Ranked Battle mode.

Splat Zones

“Just in, new details of the Ranked Battle modes in Splatoon 2. Splat Zones is a mode in which teams compete for control of areas known as, you guessed it… Splat Zones. If the other team gains control of a zone, cover it in your team’s ink to steal it back! While the rules haven’t changed from the original Splatoon game, the zone coverage status in the middle of the UI now provides more real-time updates.”

Tower Control

“In Tower Control mode, teams battle to move a tower deep into enemy territory. As the tower moves along its set path, it passes through a number of checkpoints and–this is key–stops at each checkpoint for a bit before moving on. We’ve deduced that once a team clears a checkpoint, they’ll be able to pass through it again without stopping. Teamwork is key to victory—make no mistake about it!”


“In Rainmaker, opposing teams battle for control of the Rainmaker, a powerful weapon lying in the center of the stage. Whichever team succeeds in carrying the Rainmaker to the pedestal located in the opposing team’s base will taste the sweet nectar of victory. If you charge the Rainmaker up all the way, the shots it fires will explode when they reach their target! In Rainmaker, the best defense is a good offense, so don’t hold back!”

From the images posted, we also have a little glimpse at the game’s UI. “Booyah!” is back, but “Come on!” is now “This way!” Don’t know if the wording will cause a drop in that command being spammed, but at least we have a way of getting our fellow teammates to swim over to us.

Fresh duds

The game’s Japanese Twitter account has been showing off individual clothing brands lately and while Firefin, Rockenberg, Zekko and Skalop haven’t received their own feature, all four brands have items scattered throughout the image in this tweet. We also have some comparisons of all the different leggings, shorts and pants that we’ll be able to slip our Inklings into. Pretty fresh, eh?



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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)