The Splatoon 3: Splatfest World Premiere demo event came to an end on August 27 at 9:00 p.m. (PT), but afterwards, there were reports of a rare event that allowed some players to see the hub area Splatsville being cleaned up after the festivities.
The Splatoon 3: Splatfest World Premiere was a pre-launch demo event for Splatoon 3 that gave players 12 hours to enjoy a Splatfest before the game launches next month. Players could go through the tutorial, walk around town, cast their vote for the Splatfest, and try out weapons in Turf War and Tricolor battles. Team Rock was announced as the Splatfest winner, and the event ended in a great success. But while many were likely still riding high on the fun of the festival once it ended, in the game, “cleanup” had begun.
The Splatoon series regularly holds Splatfests where the main hub area is decorated like a festival. People bustle under the neon lights and idols dance, but once it’s over, the town goes back to its (relatively) normal and quiet self. In Splatoon 3, however, there’s also a post-festival cleanup phase.
Twitter user and YouTuber @R_GameTV posted images of the cleanup effort on their Twitter account. In the images we can see trucks, piles of equipment, and cardboard boxes stuffed with garbage scattered around town giving the area a post-festival feeling.
@R_GameTV wasn’t the only one to see the cleanup effort, though, and I (the original author of this article) was able to confirm the objects for myself just after the Splatfest. You could say Splatoon’s Splatfests really do capture the festival atmosphere, even down to the post-event cleanup phase.
What’s interesting is how this cleanup scene is already inaccessible. If you boot up the Splatoon 3: Splatfest World Premiere demo, it will present the results, but you can’t walk around Splatsville. The game forcibly shuts down. Seemingly only those who launched the game just after the Splatfest ended were able to see the cleanup. In other words, a rare sight that only a few people witnessed.
But once Splatoon 3 launches and holds a Splatfest, there won’t be any restrictions on firing up the game, so anyone will probably be able to see it after that. With that said, it’s a very Splatoon-like attention to detail. Just like festivals in the real world have to be cleaned up, it adds an extra sense of immersion to Splatoon’s world and shows putting on events isn’t all fun and games. And those who saw it may even have some bragging rights until the game comes out.
Splatoon 3 is scheduled to release on September 9. Furthermore, the official Splatoon Twitter account commented that matchmaking and Tricolor battles will continue to be improved after launch.
Written by. Nick Mosier based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-08-29 15:59 JST)