You’ll be able to transfer your save data from Splatoon 2 to Splatoon 3 for a variety of in-game rewards, including an early rank boost.
If you transfer your Splatoon 2 save data, you’ll get three Gold Sheldon licenses that can be redeemed for Splatoon 3 weapons, “regardless of player level.” Also, if you start Splatoon 3 from scratch, you’ll need to reach level 10 before jumping into ranked anarchic battle mode. With a Splatoon 2 transfer, you’ll get immediate access to Anarchy Battles.
You’ll also enter Splatoon 3 “at a higher rank, depending on your rank in Splatoon 2.” Nintendo doesn’t fully explain how that rank will transfer directly; We don’t know if, say, S+5 players will still be S+5 upon entering the new game, but that means experienced players won’t have to start from the bottom all over again. Your matchmaking stats outside of ranked mode will carry over as well.
All of this information comes from a new blog post on the official site. (opens in a new tab), which provides a selection of additional information not included in today’s 30-minute gameplay presentation. It’s been a riot of Splatoon 3 information today, as we learned of “massive paid DLC,” a new 1v1 card game, and a selection of new amiibo. But most important of all, we now meet Big Man.
Splatoon 3 launches on September 9, but you can get there early with a special Splatfest taking place on August 27.
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