Nintendo Co. this week will release a new software update for Splatoon for the Wii U.
Due Aug. 5, the free software update will include two new matchmaking modes, new weapon types, level cap increase, and more than 40 pieces of new gear.
New matchmaking modes include Squad Battle to participate in Ranked Battle with friends and Private Battle to create private, customizable matches between two to eight friends.
Splatoon is a multiplayer competitive action game in which users take a squad of squids to spray ink to cover territory.
After ink is sprayed, a users can dive through their own ink to reach another area quickly.
The final game includes 4-vs.4 online multiplayer functionality, single-player mode, and free post-launch download content.
Turf War, the main online mode, is a four vs. four team-based multiplayer mode in which each user can gain levels and earn in-game currency to customize their player.
Ranked Battle is a multiplayer mode that keeps track of each user’s online ranking. Splat Zones is a Ranked Battle mode that allows users to control territory of specific areas with ink blasts. Users must achieve level 10 in Turf War in order to access Splat Zones.
Finally, the single-player mode allows users to explore the underground base of the enemy Octarians in specific single-player levels.