Like its predecessor, Splatoon 2 is a multiplayer third-person shooter in which players control characters known as Inklings and use colored ink to attack opponents and clear goals. Inkling can alternate between humanoid form, during which they can fire ink with their weapons, and squid form, which allows them to swim through ink of their own color in order to move quickly and replenish ink supplies. The sequel adds new weapons, sub-weapons, and specials to the game, including dual wield pistols that allow the player to perform dodge rolls and jetpacks. In addition to the original game’s Turf War mode, which involves two teams of four players trying to cover the most ground in their color of ink, the game adds new modes of play. Salmon Run, for example, is a co-operative mode in which up to four players team up to tackle waves of enemies.
Players can play multiplayer online through an internet connection or play locally through split-screen or local wireless. The game also features LAN support for local private tournaments. The game will support Amiibo figures, which allow players to store their Inkling’s custom look and unlock additional content, and free post-release updates are planned.