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Splatoon gets new level cap, weapons and modes August 6

A free update for Wii U sort-of-shooter Splatoon drops next week, offering new modes, a new level cap and 40 new pieces of gear.

Set for download on August 6, the update adds two matchmaking modes: Squad Battle and Private Battle.

"In Squad Battle, players can participate in Ranked Battle rule sets with friends, rather than being teamed up with other players through a random selection," detailed Nintendo. "After a player creates a squad, friends can be recruited to form a team of two to four Inklings. Friends will always play together on the same team and battle against other squads at random.

"In Private Battle, friends can splat it up in private, customisable matches. Two to eight friends can battle together by selecting their favourite map, mode and weapons. The number of participants ranges from 1v1 to 4v4, but teams don’t have to be even: if the host chooses, he or she can select a 1v4, 1v2, or any other combination of players."

The level cap for Ranked and Regular Battles will be upped to 50 and Rank S and S+ in Ranked Battles.

The two new weapons are the Splatling gatling gun and the Slosher bucket. There's also 40 pieces of new gear incoming, including a sushi chef outfit.

We first got wind of the new update over the weekend.

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