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Splatoon 3 has some fancy new artwork just in time for Christmas

Splatoon 3
(Image credit: Nintendo)

Splatoon 3 is celebrating the holiday season with some brand new art.

Just below, you can check out the brand new artwork from the Splatoon 3 development team at Nintendo, which emerged via Twitter earlier today on December 21. The new artwork displays Callie and Marie, who seasoned Splatoon players will no doubt recognise from the past two games, as well as the player character.

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The player character seen above is once again going by the "Agent 3" codename in Splatoon 3. For the unaware, Agent 3 is the moniker given to the player character by both Callie and Marie for the past two games, as well as the ultra-hard single-player Octo Expansion DLC for Splatoon 2. The Agent 3 from past Splatoon games is actually returning in the sequel, but this time they're working alongside the player character following Cuttlefish's retirement.

We've seen precious little of Splatoon 3 so far, since the sequel was first unveiled by Nintendo earlier this year. The debut trailer for the new game revealed a ruined world, complete with the Eiffel Tower upside down, as the sequel moves to the new in-game Splatlands locale, where Inklings and Octolings alike exist. The Octarians are also back in force, with some icky-looking mutations to boot.

Right now, Splatoon 3 is expected to launch at some point next year in 2022. Considering the original game launched in 2015 on the Wii U, and Splatoon 2 arrived two years later in 2017, the wait for Splatoon 3 has been a bit of a prolonged one, but there's no doubt it'll be worth the wait if it's anything like the series' excellent past.

Check out our guide to the upcoming Switch games for a full look at everything else Nintendo has in store over the next year or so.

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.