You remember SplatNet 2, a service included in the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app that is connected with Splatoon 2 right?
Well in Splatoon 2’s latest version 5.1.0 update (more about that later), dataminers have found a string called “CommonMsg_JPja.release/CuiMsgWin.msbt
The string contains a message that roughly translates to; “Internet service ‘SplatNet 2’ has ended.”
— 紅しょうが (@asasasa98765) January 6, 2020
The End of Splatnet2?
The existence of this very string has led many Splatoon fans to speculate that Splatoon 3 is coming. As SplatNet 2 is a crucial online service for Splatoon 2, it wouldn’t make sense to add a “service ended” message to the game this early if it had a long life ahead.
Or was this added ahead of time, so we will have to wait and see what happens.