Splatoon devs on the level cap, Inkling customization, and more
The developers of Splatoon had a whole lot to say about the Wii U title while speaking with Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream this month. Last week, we shared translated comments from directors Yusuke Amano and Tsubasa Sakaguchi as well as producer Hisashi Nogami in which they discussed the map rotation, content updates, and more.
We have a few more final translations to tackle this week. The three Splatoon developers commented on the game’s level cap, Inkling customization, and a couple of other things.
In one section of the interview, Nintendo Dream mentions how many players are at the max level of 20, and asks if this will be raised in the future. Sakaguchi and Nogami were not-committal, but seemed surprised that so many people had already reached the maximum:
Sakaguchi: Er… That is also under investigation currently… We originally expected level 20 to require a nice amount of time to play.
Nogami: [The leveling up has been] so fast that it makes me worry about players’ daily life…
Another topic Nintendo Dream brings up is how it’s only possible to customize the eye and skin color of your Inkling:
ND: “The more character customization, the better” is the usual rule in online games. But you can only customize the eye and skin color of your Inkling.
Sakaguchi: Perhaps everyone has forgotten that Inklings are still unknown characters for people. Inklings are newcomers that just came out.
ND: Ah, that’s right (laughs).
Sakaguchi: I think it’s better to tightly narrow down “it’s this” when presenting a new character to everyone.
Nogami: If we suddenly had variation like three hairstyles with braid or bun, people wouldn’t consider them as the same thing [character]. Therefore we limited the customization to the minimum with skin and eye color.
Nogami closes the interview out with a message for fans:
Talking about future events, first there’s Splatfest. Please look forward to those.
Nintendo Dream followed up by asking if Splatfests will be taking place periodically from now on. Nogami said that “they are unscheduled currently”, though he’d “like to have one Splatfest in every three weeks or so in the beginning.” He added, “Also things like new weapons and maps are under investigation.”