There’s a big change coming to Splatoon 3’s Salmon Run co-op mode. One that’s going to make it much more accessible.
Splatoon 3 won’t release until September 9, but a recent presentation showed a deep dive into what we can expect from the Nintendo Switch multiplayer shooter. This included more information about the Salmon Run horde mode, which is returning from Splatoon 2.
But Nintendo did even better with a post-Direct update on Splatoon official website (opens in new tab), confirming that Salmon Run will be playable “anytime”. For context, the first iteration of Salmon Run in Splatoon 2 was a limited-time mode and could only be played on certain days of the week during selected time periods.
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I can’t stress enough how welcome this change is in Splatoon 3’s Salmon Run mode. This means that squid and octolings will be able to access Mr. Grizz whenever they want. They are no longer stuck to a schedule that dictates when they can and cannot play the mode.
I understand a little bit why Nintendo shut down Salmon Run in Splatoon 2. The developers perhaps thought that this could steer the player base away from the game’s meat. These being Turf War multiplayer battles. At the time, however, that decision backfired due to the popularity of Salmon Run.
As a result of the change, we can be spared more FOMO (fear of missing out) compared to Salmon Run. In Splatoon 2, Salmon Run rewards were locked to specific time periods, as was the mode itself. Hopefully this won’t be an issue now, if players can just jump into the mode whenever they want.
It should also help Splatoon 3 players feel like they have more options overall. The game will offer the usual set of competitive multiplayer modes, along with a new single player campaign (not to mention the fantastic card game Tableturf Battle). But it’s great to see that Nintendo is confident enough to elevate Salmon Run to a mainstay of Splatoon 3, as opposed to a new distraction.
We won’t be able to play the new Salmon Run until launch, but Nintendo is offering players the chance to try out Splatoon 3 ahead of its release with the game’s inaugural Splatfest. These special competitive events will be different in Splatoon 3, offering three team choices instead of just two.