Bringing truth to a three-year long rumor, Nintendo has finally unveiled playable Octolings in Splatoon 2 — in the form of a fresh new single player campaign.
#Splatoon2: Octo Expansion, the hefty new single-player mode, launches this summer!
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 9, 2018
The expansion DLC was revealed in a short video and explanation in what many thought was the final reveal of today’s Nintendo Direct — before Super Smash Bros., that is. It also followed a showcase of what will be coming to Splatoon 2 as part of Version 3.0, including new gear, stages, and whole new “Rank X” for ranked play.
The trailer for the expansion stars a new Octoling character, dubbed “Agent 8”, waking up on the floor of a subway station and walking through a subway train itself as a new music track plays in the background. On her way through, she passes the likes of Cap’n Cuttlefish, Pearl, and Marina — as well as some characters new to the adventure. All of these characters will assist Agent 8 through a fresh set of 80 missions. The expansion is detailed below:
The new adventure will feature 80 missions starring Agent 8, a new character who awakens without her memories on a dark subway platform. Navigate the twisted depths in a battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis. Once you escape, you’ll be able to join multiplayer* matches as an Octoling!
Play as an Octoling who’s lost her memory in a new single-player adventure spanning 80 missions.
Navigate an underground facility to reach the surface of Inkopolis.
Take on a variety of mission types packed with new challenges you won’t find in the main game.
Complete the campaign to unlock Octolings (Girl or Boy) as playable characters in multiplayer* battles.
Unravel mysteries hidden below Inkopolis with Pearl, Marina, & Cap’n Cuttlefish.
As detailed on the now updated official Splatoon 2 website, the expansion is now available for pre-purchase for $19.99 MSRP. Those who are willing to dive in early can earn themselves immediate access Octoling themed gear.
The Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion is currently slated to launch sometime this Summer, most likely prior to the full expected launch of Nintendo’s paid online service in September.