In a recent interview with the project lead of Splatoon, Tsubasa Sakaguchi, it was revealed that Nintendo is targeting Splatoon for a first-half of 2015 release. Furthermore, Sakaguchi once again reiterated that the game would feature a single-player mode as well as several offline options.
“First of all, our plan is to release this as a full retail packaged software in 2015… the first half of 2015. And because we’re releasing this as a full software title, we of course plan to include a single-player mode but then also a one-on-one multiplayer mode that can be played without connecting to the Internet.”
Sakaguchi then went on to detail the one-on-one mode that will be included in the game. This mode will be local play and will feature asynchronous multiplayer where one player is on the gamepad while another is on the pro controller.
“What we can tell you about the one-on-one, at least, is that one player will be using the GamePad, one player will be using the Pro Controller. And we’re actually thinking of having that one-on-one mode be something kinda completely different from the four-on-four one where it’ll be, you know, kind of a lot more stalking and hiding in the ink. It’ll be much more like a quiet mode in a sense.
And, you know, we’ve progressed [in development] at least to that point, but in terms of what we’re going to do with the screens – whether we’re going to have one person on the TV and one person on the GamePad – we’re not sure yet.”
Although the game is promised for an early 2015 release, knowing Nintendo, we can never be sure that they will meet their own deadline.