We first got word about Splatoon 2's 3.0 update in last month's Nintendo Direct, and wouldn't you know it, it's already here.
The amount of additions, changes, and fixes is too numerous to mention here, but here's a rundown of the major things that the update adds, as a reminder.
First off, Callie is back! Yes, if you meet a certain condition in the game's story campaign, Callie will appear in Tentakeel Outpost in Octo Canyon and offer recent multiplayer stats about the player's character.
Next, 100 pieces of gear are being added; they're a combination of new and returning gear (from the first Splatoon). New songs from Chirpy Chips (an in-game chiptune band also from the first game) are being added to multiplayer matches. And tonight, Camp Triggerfish (originally from the first Splatoon) will be added to the level rotation.
Finally, arguably the biggest new addition to the gameplay is a new rank called "Rank X." It'll be the most challenging experience in Ranked mode thus far, and any players that reach S+10 (or are currently at that point or above) will attain the rank. Rank X players will battle to increase their X Power level, and each month, 500 players with the highest X Power levels will be announced on the Splatnet 2 mobile app.
X Power levels will also be reset every month, thereby reducing players' ranks back to S+9. According to Nintendo, this is being done to encourage players of all ranks to enjoy improving their play and maintaining their skill, as opposed to simply focusing on playing to rank up.
To see a complete list of the other changes and fixes that Update 3.0 brings, see the official documentation on Nintendo's website.
Splatoon 2's 3.0 update is scheduled to go live at 6 PM PT later today.
Source: Press Release
Will you be checking out the new additions in Splatoon 2's 3.0 update?
Edited by Jason Clement