If you’ve been waiting for a new installment in Nintendo’s popular ink-’em-up series, we’ve got some bad news for you: Splatoon 3 has yet to even begin development, with developers focusing instead on supporting Splatoon 2.
Despite the Wii U’s lackluster sales, the original Splatoon garnered a sizeable fanbase, and Splatoon 2 for the Switch, released in 2007, established the franchise as one of Nintendo’s most popular new IPs. The past two years have seen plenty of DLC and updates for Splatoon 2.
The news comes courtesy of Japanese Nintendo, who recently posted a translation of an interview between Hisashi Nogami, producer of both Splatoon titles, and Japanese gaming publication Famitsu.
The gist of the interview is that content updates for Splatoon 2 have started to wind down, though the team will continue to make balancing adjustments and support Monthly League Matches. Concerning a sequel, Nogami sounds hopeful, adding that “If [fans] continue to support us, [Splatoon 3] might turn into reality.”
So, while there’s nothing in the works just yet, there’s always a chance we’ll see another Splatoon title. Personally, I can’t imagine Nintendo will let such a popular franchise fade away so soon, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.