Nintendo has announced that Splatoon will receive a new software update next week.
This will deliver balances to gear abilities to improve some of the lesser-used ones, adjustments to Ranked Battle matchmaking, and will add new elements to Splatfests to improve the overall user experience.
There will be another update coming in April, which will adjust existing weapons and add new weapon set recommendations which will be referred to as Sheldon’s Picks. This is a way in which Nintendo are looking to encourage players to explore new weapons, rather than sticking to their favourites!
Software Update 2.6.0 Notes
Object placement in Regular Battle for the following stages will be changed to match that in Splat Zones.
- Arowana Mall
- Moray Towers
Matchmaking and Team Assignment Adjustments
Until now, team assignments in Ranked Battle were completely random, but some consideration will now be given to equipped weapons when assigning teams.
Ranked Battle Matchmaking will be changed so that players of the following ranks are not matched together.
- S+ and S
- S and A+
- A- and B+
- B- and C+
This change may be subject to further adjustment depending on changes to matchmaking times that occur as a result.
Changes to Rank Points
During Ranked Battles, when a team plays at a disadvantage due to unavoidable issues such as teammates being disconnected, and then loses, the winning team’s points will be decreased by an amount proportional to the time they benefited from the above conditions.
Gear Ability Adjustments
Adjustments have been made to the efficacy of certain Gear Abilities.
During Splatfests what was previously the Vibe Meter will now display your Splatfest Power.
- Initial Splatfest Power level depends upon your current Ranked Battle rank.
- Splatfest Power level will change depending on wins or losses during Splatfest Battles.
- The player with the highest Splatfest Power on the winning team will receive a slightly larger boost to their Splatfest Power than their teammates after the match.
Until now, Splatfest matchmaking favored grouping players with similar play styles. Players will now be more likely to play with those of similar Splatfest Power level.
The higher a team’s average Splatfest Power level, the more Splatfest Points they will earn after winning.