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In Splatoon 2, best friends have been torn apart

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So that’s why we haven’t seen the Squid Sisters much

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We haven’t seen much of the Squid Sisters since Nintendo revealed Splatoon 2, despite the cephalopod pop stars being among the most prominent figures in the first game. It sounds like there’s a heartbreaking reason for this, based on a big story update to the series’ site.

The Splatoon site now includes a place for some plot details specifically about the Squid Sisters, and what we have first is a prologue.

“About nine months have passed since the final Splatfest,” it reads, referring to Splatoon’s last themed multiplayer event, which ran through July 2016. That Splatfest gave players a difficult decision to make: Who did they prefer? Callie, the goth chick? Or her more approachable cousin, Marie?

That night, things were fine, according to the prologue ... until the results were in and the Splatfest ended with Marie as the victor.

Yet “there was no ill will between the two,” according to the prologue. “The girls left the studio arm in arm, smiling and laughing as they always had. The bond between them would continue, unbroken, for years to come.”

Or so they thought. It sounds like something happened following the Splatfest results that rocked Callie and Marie’s friendship, which would explain why all Splatoon 2 promo thus far has stepped away from showing them off.

Only Marie is even seen in the Splatoon 2 reveal trailer, and just from the back. That’s led fans to wonder if Callie died, of all things, following her Splatfest defeat. (She didn’t, for the record.)

Everyone’s wondering what happened to Callie.
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Whatever happened sounds like a potentially devastating end to one of Nintendo’s most likable partnerships. We’ll see how this plays out in the actual game, but we’re hoping for more of that Squid Sister drama before then.

Splatoon 2 is out on Nintendo Switch on July 21.