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Splatoon 2 is getting a multiplayer demo on July 15

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Plus an introduction to Marina and Pearl, your new hosts

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Pearl and Marina
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During today’s Nintendo Direct for Splatoon 2, we learned that a new Splatfest multiplayer demo will be available before the game launches on July 21. The demo, which goes live July 15, will give fans a chance to check out the return of Splatfest, the game’s recurring online competition mode. Fans can download the demo in the eShop later today in preparation for the event, which will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT.

Since each Splatfest needs a theme, players will be squaring off to decide which is better: cake or ice cream?

But that’s not the only thing we learned today. The first Splatoon had a vivacious pair of squid sisters, Callie and Marie, who were the usual hosts of Splatfest. Since we learned that the pair has been split up, we’re getting brand new hosts in Splatoon 2. Meet Pearl and Marina, members of a pop duo called Off The Hook.

Pearl and Marina aka Off The Hook
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The duo will be the new faces of the Splatfest. We don’t know much about them yet, but since we’re getting Splatfests for the next two years, it’ll be interesting to learn more about them when the time comes.