Splatoon 2 changes Splatfest matchmaking ahead of Splatoween event

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Splatoon 2 version 5.3.1 has landed on Nintendo Switch, and it makes some significant background changes. The update focuses on Ranked Battle matches, adjusting skill-based matchmaking and how lobbies are formed. The patch also alters the way Splatfest matchmaking works ahead of the upcoming Halloween Splatfest.

For those of you looking to jump into Splatoween 2020, you might notice some differences from previous events. In Pro-mode Splatfest battles, other people’s player names are no longer displayed if their Splatfest power is notably high. Another Pro-mode change effectively allows players who’ve been blocked for a suspiciously high power level to take part in this Splatoon 2 Splatfest. Nintendo says it’s constantly changing and refining its power level detection methods.

The standard Ranked Battle alterations apply the same two changes made to Splatfest matchmaking. However, there’s one addition detail for Ranked Battle too. If there are enough players online, Nintendo is attempting to match high-power players together, to create more evenly balanced lobbies.

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These are some pretty big under-the-hood changes ahead of the next Splatoon 2 Splatfest event. Splatoween 2020 begins Oct. 30 and sees the return of the Trick vs. Treat matchup. When these teams battled it out previously in 2018, Team Treat was victorious. This year’s event also brings some new gear for players to earn.


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