New Content Coming to Splatoon

Players will be able to create a winning strategy and fight to be the best and most battle-tested squid squad around
A free software update for Splatoon will go live on August 5th bringing a large amount of new content to the game, including two new matchmaking modes (Squad Battle and Private Battle), new weapon types, an increase to the game's level cap and more than 40 pieces of new gear.
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. 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, customizable matches. Two to eight friends can battle together by selecting their favorite map, mode and weapons. The number of participants ranges from 1v1 to 4v4, but teams donít have to be even: If the host chooses, he or she can select a 1v4, 1v2, or any other combination of players.
With this update also comes an increased level cap in both Regular Battle and Ranked Battle modes. After downloading the software update, players will be able to reach level 50 (raised from level 20) and rank S and S+ (both higher than A+).