It was only a couple months ago when Splatoon 2 teased all the new additions coming to the game. New hairstyles, new gear, a new mode. Within all that hype was the promise of three new maps released sporadically over the course of the next few months. MakoMart was released right away, and tomorrow sees the release of its latest: Shellendorf Institute.
Shellendorf Institute will probably go on to be called "the museum map," as it takes place in a museum-like place. There's a giant skeleton of a sea monster in the middle (given the post-apocalypse that Splatoon takes place in, I hope a human skeleton is somewhere around here too). The new images Nintendo tweeted out aren't the first we've seen of the map either. In November's big update teaser, the map was briefly shown too.
The new map is releasing just in time for another Splatfest. Splatoon 2's Splatfests have tested allegiances across many beloved things, from fantasy versus sci-fi to vampires versus werewolves in the past. This month's Splatfest is a little different than usual: it's an international one, meaning every region has the same debate. Beginning on Friday, January 12 at 8 p.m. PST / 11 p.m. EST (an hour earlier than usual), it may be the most divisive event so far: action versus comedy. You can choose your side in Splatoon 2's lobby now before the 24-hour event begins.
Next up in terms of maps is the return of Arowana Mall in February 2018, which was featured in the original Splatoon. Of course, like all the revisited maps for the sequel, there will inevitably be some changes that better fit Splatoon 2, like the implementation of ink rails. Nintendo's previously said that they plan on continuing support for Splatoon 2 for a whole year post-launch. Beyond that, it remains a mystery, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them extend that promise. Shellendorf Institute officially launches on January 12.