Yes, this is real. Apparently, a player has been spotted on Splatoon’s online multiplayer system who seemingly has the ‘ability’ to cause your save file to crash upon loading their character in the Plaza. This means that if you quit before they’ve left the match (or get stuck in said match to the end due to them not quitting), then your save is as good as lost because you simply can’t load it from the meny any more.
— Splatoon.txt (@splatoon_ebooks) September 29, 2015
So what do we know about them? Well, here’s the confirmed information from people at Squidboards and the Splatoon subreddit:
- They’re an octoling carrying the unreleased Hydra Splatling. In other words, they’re clearly a hacker who’s method has somehow screwed up the game RAM or something similar when trying to access an unreleased weapon early.
- You shouldn’t leave the room until they’ve gone, because returning to Booyah Base is what messes up the save file.
- Their name apparently begins with a K and has numbers in it. Unfortunately, no one recorded the full thing yet.
So that’s an early warning to any Splatoon players out there. Beware of hackers, since whatever is letting them access the unreleased weapons and stuff is messing up the game for the people they play against. It’s something that’s happened already in other games (apparently players with certain names were able to wipe out save files in the Pokemon gen 6 games), but it’s definitely worrying that similar issues are occurring with Splatoon as well.