Splatoon 2 Global Testfire: Dates, times, maps and modes for Nintendo Switch multiplayer test

Ben Skipper
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Nintendo is allowing Nintendo Switch owners to sample upcoming sequel Splatoon 2 this weekend in the first "Global Testfire" event for the unique, family-friendly third-person shooter. Here's everything you need to know.

Running from Friday, 24 to Sunday, 26 March, the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire will take place at set times amounting to a total of six hours of play from Friday to Saturday. The exact timings are listed below.

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The client that will allow Switch users to access the de facto beta test has been available to download for over a week, probably to help ease stress on Nintendo's servers when the Global Testfire begins.

Once the game goes live, players will gain access to Splatoon 2's 4 on 4 Turf War mode, which will be familiar to anyone who played the hugely-popular first game on Wii U.

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Turf War is the base game of Splatoon, which challenges two teams made up of humanoid "Inkiling" characters to coat as much of a map's surface area with their team's coloured ink.

That ink can be shot at other players to take them out and once it coats a surface it can also be travelled through (in the Inkling's squid form) more quickly. This also replenishes the amount of ink players have.

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During the Global Testfire Turf War will be available on two maps. Musselforge Fitness is the first: a huge gym with treadmills, a swimming pool and loads of climbing surfaces (not that you'll be able to climb them).

The second map is Reef, a park-like recreational area that apparently sits not far from Inkopolis Square, the original game's hub area. Both maps are pictured below.

Splatoon 2 Global Testfire UK Times

Friday, 24 March

  • 7:00pm to 7:59pm GMT

Saturday, 25 March

  • 3:00am to 3:59am GMT
  • 11:00am to 11:59am GMT
  • 7:00pm to 7:59pm GMT

Sunday, 26 March (the clocks go forward on this date)

  • 4:00am to 4:59am BST
  • 12:00pm to 12:59pm BST

Splatoon 2 Global Testfire US Times (East Coast)

Friday, 24 March

  • 3:00pm to 3:59 pm PT
  • 11:00pm to 11:59 pm PT

Saturday, 25 March

  • 7:00am to 7:59 am PT
  • 3:00pm to 3:59 pm PT
  • 11 to 11:59 pm PT

Sunday, 26 March

  • 7:00am to 7:59 am PT

Splatoon 2 Global Testfire US Times (West Coast)

Friday, 24 March

  • 12:00pm to 12:59 pm PT
  • 8:00pm to 8:59 pm PT

Saturday, 25 March

  • 4:00am to 4:59 am PT
  • 12pm to 12:59 pm PT
  • 8 to 8:59 pm PT

Sunday, 26 March

  • 4:00am to 4:59 am PT

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