This past weekend, Nintendo hosted the final Splatfest for Splatoon, pitting Callie’s fans against Marie’s groupies, the latter of whom came out on top. Now that we’ve left Splatfests behind, however, the game has gotten a new update that boosts the rewards players can obtain via regular matches. Whereas before, members of the victorious team would get a 300 point bonus—which translates into more cash, points for unlocking clothing abilities, and, at lower levels, experience—now the victors will celebrate with a substantial 1000 additional points, providing a significant benefit to coming out on top. Additionally, it seems that if you accumulate about thirty (non-consecutive) wins in Turf Wars or Ranked matches, you can talk to Judd to get a Super Sea Snail.
Rewarding Sea Snails for victory is definitely a good decision, as they could previously only be obtained via the now-finished Splatfests, though thirty victories might be a tad much. The victory bonus increase is a bit more questionable, in my opinion; while it’s sure to be appreciated, there doesn’t seem to be any genuine need for this change. Perhaps they figured it would provide all the more incentive for players to play? Certainly, the end of Splatfests will likely double as an end to motivation for some players to keep playing. But even with this substantial boost, I’m skeptical about how much interest it will generate, especially in the long run.
What do you think of these changes? Will it help you to keep playing the game now the Splatfests have ended? How else could Splatoon be modified to keep gamers’ interest in it high? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!