It's been awhile since Splatoon 2 had a substantial update. Arguably since launch, really. Maps and weapons have slowly been added to the game, but when it comes to actual big updates, Splatoon 2 has been left in the dust. Until now.
Just in time for the holidays, Splatoon 2 is ushering in its biggest update thus far. The big holiday update includes four new maps (rolling out on a slower basis), a new Salmon Run map, new gear, four hairstyles, a heightened level cap, new music(!), the ability to switch gear between battles (meaning no more exiting to the lobby), and because it's Nintendo, more Amiibo functionality. Overall, it's a pretty huge update!
The most exciting additions are that of four new hairstyles, two each for boy and gal squids (including a very cool blunt fringe look), and 140 new pieces of clothes and other gear. The new gear, Nintendo says, will be both new and contain some classics from Splatoon 1. After playing Splatoon 2 for months on end, I quickly collected every accessory that would pop up in stores. In recent times, there hasn't been much keeping me going back, other than a force of habit. This new update, with everything new it's bringing, is no doubt enticing though.
That's not all for this year though. In mid-December, a new mode for Splatoon 2 is releasing called "Clam Blitz." In Clam Blitz, teams compete against one another to collect the most football-shaped clams on a single turf, which they collect and bring back to their opponent's base. The first team to slam dunk 100 clams wins in this sports-like mode.
As for the raised level cap, players can now hit level 99 instead of just level 50, and beyond that, prestige into level 1 again with a special star next to their rank. The update overall drops on November 23rd, with the first map MakoMart hitting Splatoon 2 the day after on November 24th. The other three, Shellendorf Institute, Walleye Warehouse and Arowana Mall will be coming soon.