A brand-new map that will be added to Splatoon 3 with the release of Fresh Season in March is shown off to players in Splatoon 3.
The Fresh Season update adds a new map to Splatoon 3, and the developers have now provided a more in-depth look at what it will include. The arrival of a brand-new Splatoon 3 map has excited fans, but there are also some concerns about how it looks.
Splatoon 3 launched with a number of new and previously unreleased stages, and seasonal updates have continued to add more. The Manta Maria from Splatoon 2 will be back in Splatoon 3’s Fresh Season, which begins at the beginning of March. However, Um’ami Ruins, the other map, is brand-new to the game.
Um’ami Ruins was briefly shown to fans by the developers on the official Splatoon Twitter account. The map is intended to resemble an archeological site, complete with dig equipment, cranes, and a facade resembling a squid on either side of the entrance. According to the description, it might have been the site of an “ancient” turf war. This map, like all others, will be playable in both the standard Turf War and Anarchy Battles modes.
SRL back with an "all hands" of our own—we need all SRL teams to help today! First up, exclusive video of a new stage: Um'ami Ruins. It's an ancient site with mysterious artifacts and reliefs, some retaining original colors. Could it have been a prehistoric Turf War battle site? pic.twitter.com/Z7PLTQVi3v
— Splatoon North America (@SplatoonNA) February 21, 2023
As the current map rotation becomes stale, a new map for the game is always welcome because it should help keep the experience feeling new. However, fans already have concerns and issues with the map.
One of the biggest problems is that there doesn’t seem to be a good way to flank the other side, which helps players who use inkbrushes and other sneaky weapons. This map will only exacerbate the frustration that players have already expressed about the majority of Splatoon 3’s maps’ lack of flanking options.
There is not much verticality in Um’ami Ruins. Splatoon 3 has a lot of mostly flat maps with only low-lying platforms. This has been brought up as a point of contention by some players, which may leave some dissatisfied with this map. However, despite being frequently cited as one of the worst maps in Splatoon 2, Moray Towers was one of the best examples of a vertical map.
Some players are likely to really enjoy Um’ami Ruins, even though it might not be for everyone. Also, several maps in Splatoon 2 were changed throughout the game to address complaints and unfair advantages, so it’s possible that flank routes will be added to Um’ami Ruins or other maps in the future.
Fans will have to wait until the summer to see if a more vertical map is added to the rotation. It remains to be seen if the developers are paying attention to players’ concerns regarding the map.
Splatoon 3 is accessible now for Nintendo Switch.