Splatoon 3 features some reasonably extensive customization options for its characters, allowing players to choose any hairstyle and clothing combination they want, regardless of their gender identity.
However, it turns out that Nintendo once considered implementing facial features in the game beyond eye and eyebrow customization, such as freckles and scars. This comes through Automaton, which reports that the files discovered in Ver. 1.0 of the game contain clear evidence of textures used to create freckles and scars. twitter user @elgransadkad has uploaded the files to Twitter as proof of inclusion:
Another Twitter user by handle @DiamCreeper23 has uploaded the textures into the game to show what they would look like on an Octoling child. The images can be seen below, but you will need to enlarge them as freckles and scars are a bit hard to spot.
It appears that the data itself only exists within Ver. 1.0 of the game, with Ver. 1.1.0 – released a day before the game’s global release – apparently deleting the files. Version 1.0 comes with retail copies of the game, but since the game will need to be updated to allow online play, it’s unlikely that many people will still have access to it.
It has also been noted that during Nintendo’s ‘Ask the developer’ series centered around Splatoon 3, concept art shown for the game clearly showed an Inkling character with freckles, providing further evidence that this is something Nintendo wanted to implement at some point during development.
Some people online have now expressed a wish for these features to return to the game via a future update or DLC pack:
What do you think of these features cut from Splatoon 3? Are you worried about the lack of freckles and scars, or do you prefer Inkling and Octoling to be blemish-free? Let us know!