Splatoon 3 Splatfest World Premiere Demo: Start Time, How to Join & More

Splatoon 3 will launch on Nintendo Switch in just a few weeks, but Nintendo is giving players a chance to sample the game early with a special Splatfest World Premiere demo. This limited-time free demo event takes place later this week and gives all Switch owners a first-hand look at the upcoming team shooter.

Here’s everything you need to know about the demo, from what time it starts to how to download it.

What is the Splatfest World Premiere?

The world premiere of Splatfest is a demo-slash-beta test for Splatoon 3. Starting August 25, players who download the demo will be able to explore the main hub area of ​​the game, Splatsville, and take part in a brief tutorial that explains the basics. . of playability. Then, on August 27, players can take part in the main attraction: Splatoon 3’s first “Splatfest,” a type of in-game event where you choose a team and earn points for your side by playing in matches. Turf War.

When does the world premiere of Splatfest start?

The Splatfest World Premiere demo will be playable from August 25, but the Splatfest itself will take place on Saturday August 27. The event will last 12 hours, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT.

Unlike Splatfests in previous Splatoon games, the World Premiere event will be split into two halves. During the first half of Splatfest (until 3:00 PM PT), players will engage in traditional four-on-four Territory War battles. For the rest of the event, however, you’ll be trapped in new tricolor turf wars. Four first-team players and two second- and third-place players will face off in a three-way battle.

How do I join the Splatfest?

To join the world premiere of Splatfest, simply download the free demo client from the Nintendo eShop and log in during event hours.

Do I need Nintendo Switch Online?

Since Splatfest is an online event, you will need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to participate. If you’re not already a member, Nintendo is offering anyone who installs the demo a free seven-day trial of the service.

You will receive the free trial code by email after downloading the demo client. However, the code will only be redeemable from August 25, when the demo becomes playable.

What are you doing at Splatfest?

In previous games, Splatfests traditionally required you to join one of two opposing teams and fight for supremacy. Splatoon 3 shakes things up a bit by giving you the choice of three different teams, but the basics are otherwise the same. Head to the Splatfest terminal in Splatsville Square, choose which side you want to represent, then compete in online matches to earn points for your team.

For the world premiere of Splatfest, Nintendo is asking players to determine, once and for all, which is better: rock, paper or scissors?

Once you’ve chosen a side, you can jump into Splatoon: Turf War’s signature online mode. Unlike a typical online shooter, the objective of this mode is not to eliminate the other team, but rather to cover more of the map with your ink. The team that has inked the most grass after three minutes will win the match.

Splatoon 3 is set to launch for Nintendo Switch on September 9. You can save $11 on the game with our exclusive pre-order offer.

Nintendo has a variety of free updates planned for Splatoon 3 after release, including new stages, weapons, and modes. The company also teased a “major” paid DLC expansion that will feature popular Splatoon 2 idols Pearl and Marina, though no further details on that have yet been announced.

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