Splatoon's Splatfest's have a history of asking the tough questions (cats or dogs, money or love, and the dreaded mayo or ketchup). But the next Splatfest is presenting what might be the hardest choice of all: family or friends?
The announcement was made on Twitter, and teases a Splatfest that will take place over the first weekend in January. Splatoon 2 players are being asked to declare if they'd rather spend the holidays with friends or family. Once they pick a side, they will battle it out to determine the winner. Then all of humanity must forever adhere to the results. Or the winning team just gets more Super Sea Snails. I forget which.
🦑 GLOBAL SPLATFEST INK-COMING! 🦑— Nintendo UK VS (@NintendoUKVS) November 30, 2018
Who would you rather spend the holiday season with? Fam or friends? Your bro or your bros?
Pick a side and battle it out in-game from 04/01 - 06/01! #Splatoon2 pic.twitter.com/Ei5QwoAsLO
It's worth noting that this will be a global Splatfest, meaning that North American players will be testing their family values against those of European and Japanese gamers. Global Splatfests have been a thing before, but there have also been several occasions where a country's specific brand has earned its own Splatfest. For instance, the first Splatoon had American and European squids battling it out over whether Spongebob or Patrick was better. The Japanese players got something about rice balls instead.
Whatever the region, every player will be treated to a seasonal makeover of Inkopolis, the hub world of the game. The hip downtown area will be done up in glitz and glam to ring in the new year.
It certainly looks to be quite the party, but it also acts as a bit of a closing chapter for Splatoon 2. The game's December 5th update will be the game's last. After that, the developers have promised that balance changes and Splatfests will continue until July of next year. After that...Splatoon 3 maybe?
Whatever the future of the series is, this will probably be the last big Splatfest for a while. It was a good run, and the game will end after two years of constant post-launch support. In a world of Fallout 76s and insane Call Of Duty micro-transactions, that's an accomplishment that deserves applause.