Splatoon 2's online co-op Salmon Run mode will only be playable at scheduled times

Splatoon 2 (opens in new tab)'s new horde-mode-style Salmon Run will only be playable online at certain times. Nintendo confirmed in a Splatoon 2-focused Direct presentation (opens in new tab) that Salmon Run will always be playable in local multiplayer, but online play will exclusively be available during regularly scheduled events. Here's what the schedule looks like as of now.

Assuming this is the final version, Splatoon 2's first week alone will have multiple 24-hour events (disregard the ongoing event that began back in February, that's probably just for testing). Salmon Run frequency may be adjusted as time goes on; Nintendo says they'll always be more frequent than Splatfests, which occurred about once every month in the original game for a year after launch.

It sounds needlessly restrictive - why not just let players jump into Salmon Run whenever and however they want? But it's consistent with Splatoon's overall approach to multiplayer, including timed map rotations (opens in new tab). And it should help make sure that there's a good-sized matchmaking pool whenever you actually can play.

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Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.