Splatoon will have single-player, 1v1 local play

Could be completely different from 4v4

Turf-inking shooter Splatoon will include single-player and local multiplayer modes in addition to 4v4 online matches, Nintendo has confirmed.

Nintendo debuted the game at E3 2014, where it offered hands-on demonstrations of its online matches. Players take on the role of inklings, shapeshifting squid people who try to cover as much of the environment in their ink as possible while preventing the enemy team from doing the same.


Producer Hisashi Nogami told Game Rant that the full game, which is planned for retail release in the first half of 2015, will offer several more play experiences including a single-player mode and a "one-on-one multiplayer mode that can be played without connecting to the internet."

"What we can tell you about the one-on-one, at least, is that one player will be using the GamePad, one player will be using the Pro Controller," Nogami said. "And we're actually thinking of having that one-on-one mode be something kind of completely different from the four-on-four one where it'll be, you know, kind of a lot more stalking and hiding in the ink. It'll be much more like a quiet mode in a sense."

Nogami said the team wasn't sure yet whether if the local multiplayer mode would have one person playing on the GamePad and the other on the screen.

Check out Nintendo's 30-minute video demonstration of Splatoon for a crash course on the inventive third-person shooter.