Nintendo have announced today via posts on their Splatoon Facebook and Twitter pages that a new multiplayer map, Shellendorf Institute, will be coming to Splatoon 2 tomorrow morning. This map, known as the ‘Devon Oceanographic Museum’ in Japan, is based in a traditional museum-style setting with glass feature cases, skeletal displays, and all sorts of walk-in exhibits for players to run around and explore.

In-game footage of Shellendorf institute had previously been featured in an announcement video by Nintendo back in November (see below), and fans have been expecting the announcement of its addition into the game since mid-December. Now that the map is finally here, there’ll be even more potential map choices in the two-hourly rotation, making Splatoon 2‘s gameplay even more fun – and, of course, even more unpredictable while players get used to their new stomping – or, should I say, inking? – ground.

From the promotional images released by Nintendo, it looks like the map involves all of the typical styles of ink barriers and obstacles, such as barriers, ink rails and metal grills. The aesthetic of the map is very antique, yet somehow modern, combining the more traditional glass windows with light-up displays, glass roofing and tiled floors. Don’t be fooled, however – as you can see in the image below, some cheeky Squid Kid graffiti still plagues the walls, so you don’t have to be too careful where you spread your ink.

With the ink-coming #TeamAction VS. #TeamComedy Splatfest also due to start on Saturday at 12pm BST (see our announcement post here), Shellendorf Institute comes at a perfect time for fans as both a motivation for them to play and practice. It certainly looks to be a lot of fun, but only time will tell if it will become a fan-favourite or else as hated as Moray Towers.

Shellendorf Institute's central space

What do you think? Do you think Shellendorf Institute looks like a fresh place to hang out? Let us know down in the comments and as usual, stick with us here at Quillstreak for all the latest Splatoon 2 news.

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Georgina Howlett
20-year-old aspiring author and journalist, regularly found fleeing into the night in search of Pokémon. Working my way through my third year of an English Literature undergraduate degree at Newcastle University. If I'm not writing, I'm yelling at useless people on Overwatch and Splatoon 2, or else sleeping. Or eating. Nintendo Switch ID: 0203-3480-8054

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