Splatoon 2 players played a surprisingly large role in determining the future of Splatoon 3, as the winning side of Final Fest: Splatocalypse Splatfest chose how the series would develop. Pearl and Marina, the idols and news anchors of Splatoon 2, are fighting between Chaos and Order, respectively.
Although more Splatfests were eventually released or re-released in the game, Final Fest was originally intended to be the last Splatfest in the title, and as a result, it made a big difference. Inklings and Octolings battled to determine which side would be the winner in the Splatfest lawn battles, battling each other to see who could complete the round with the most lawns painted in their team’s matching color.
In the end, Chaos emerged victorious, and Splatoon 3 owes much of its design and direction to it. In a new interview, the developers of Splatoon 3 said that the fans were right to believe that Splatfest would somehow affect the next game. The developers had no way of knowing which team would win, but they were already thinking about how to integrate Order or Chaos into the theme of the next game.
Splatoon 3 takes place in the “city of chaos” Splattsville, which, according to the developers, “is a city that developed rapidly with the advent of the craze for “Chaos” after Splatfest.” He and the surrounding Splatlands are significantly further away from the areas of the first two games, but this did not stop the Inklings and Octolings from flooding the city. In addition to the overall architecture and appearance of the neighborhood, the “Anarchy Splatcast” hosted by the new idols of Deep Cut and their Splatfest song “Anarchy Rainbow” are probably also references to the theme of Chaos. Unfortunately, the developers didn’t tell much about how the game could have turned out if Order had won instead.
As long-time fans of the series remember, the final splatfest of Splatoon 1 also influenced its continuation. Since Marie defeated Callie by a small margin, the direction of the story mode was changed to reflect this, with most of the story mode being led by Marie, trying to save Callie from DJ Octavio. The developers confirmed that this continued in Splatoon 3, stating that “the trends and values of the inklings world change significantly depending on the results of the final Splatfest.”
Since Splatoon 3 will be supported for at least two years, players will need some time to decide which side to choose in the inevitable final Splatfest. However, when the time comes, players should choose carefully, as it is likely that the development team will continue this trend if Splatoon 4 appears in the maps.
Splatoon 3 is released on September 9 on the Nintendo Switch.