Last July, players of Nintendo’s third-person online shooter Splatoon took part in the game’s final “SplatFest”; a weekend-long event that divided gamers in two halves in a series of battles to determine which of Inkopolis’ iconic “Squid Sisters” is more popular – Callie or Marie. After a gruelling war where internet friendships were fractured, Team Marie came out on top and now, as we head towards July’s release of Splatoon 2, the long-standing effects may be starting to show themselves.
“About nine months have passed since the final Splatfest.
Twilight lowers its curtain on Inkopolis. Neon signs paint the dusk in brilliant shades of green and pink. The Squid Sisters dance on, as though driven by the Inkling love of battling for turf.
Memories such as these linger, vividly etched in my mind, but feel too like remnants of a long-forgotten past.
It happened the night the final Splatfest came to an end.
The showdown of Callie versus Marie ended in victory for Marie, but there was no ill will between the two. The girls left the studio arm in arm, smiling and laughing as they always had. The bond between them would continue, unbroken, for years to come.
Or so it seemed at the time…”
The official website for Nintendo Switch exclusive sequel Splatoon 2 updated recently with a Prologue report about the performing pair. Although brief, the segment suggests that the results of last year’s SplatFest may have had an impact on the sisters’ normally close relationship. Whether this will directly affect the Splatoon 2 story remains to be seen, but even if it’s just a bit of PR fun before the game’s launch, it’s still really cool that player decisions are having an impact on the canon of Nintendo’s fastest growing new IP (even if they made the wrong choice…#TeamCallie4Life).
Now that they mention it, the two main colours of Splatoon 2 are those of Callie and Marie:
Splatoon 2 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on July 21 2017, exclusively for Nintendo Switch.