It was announced belowUbisoft Forward of’E3 2021, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is now revealed more, but still holds slightly below the elbow. First news, revealed yesterday below Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcasethe strategy game, which still mixes turn-based combat and action in real time, has its final release date set at October 20, 2022, a date that makes perfect sense, as October was the only end of the year that was still free of big announcements. Standard and gold versions can be expected if information can be found in our previous article.
The adventure will offer nine heroes to be selected from the team in packs of three, including Rabbids branded as emblematic characters of the Mushroom Kingdom, including the youngest, the very lazy Harmony, already revealed before. Two new allies are now in the game, with this good old one Bowser who joins the ranks of Mario’s team, and this famous mysterious rabbit with rock n ‘roll hair and a sword who turns out to be a heroine, called edge. His commitment and his past are yet to be revealed.
The new information also pertains to the soundtrack, as though the illustration Grant Kirkhope has already announced his return to composition, he is no longer alone as he will be accompanied by artists from around the world, starting with Gareth Coker (Ori, Immortals Fenyx Rising, Darksiders Genesis) and Yoko Shimomura (Live A Live, Legend of Mana, Kingdom Hearts, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, for 3DS & Wii U and Ultimate, Final Fantasy XV, Streets of Rage 4, Mario & Luigi Series, Parasite Eve, Final Fight, Radiant Historia, Xenoblade Chronicles, The 3rd Birthday, Terra Battle, Hirune Hime – Waking Dreams, Last Ranker…).
The main elements of the story were already more or less known. Mario + The Rabbids Sparks of Hope takes us on a galactic journey where it will be possible to freely explore different planets in the galaxy to discover many secrets and complete quests. A lot of cult figures believe that both Mario and Rabbits will be there to pass on these famous side missions and reveal further challenges and new mysteries to be solved.
The main antagonist is called this time Course, a mysterious and malevolent being who seeks energy to carry out his abominable plan to throw the galaxy into chaos by corrupting the planets with its evil influence. This new threat, which takes the form of a floating humanoid hands, is determined to consume the energy of all Sparks, these creatures formed by the fusion of Lumas and Rabbids. The Mario / Rabbits team arrives to restore order and rescue dozens of trapped sparks. Bowser has no choice but to lend a hand to the team as Cursa took the liberty of stealing his army from him. He also seems to have a mysterious connection, more importantly, with this enemy.
On the gameplay side, the mechanics have not been turned upside down. Turn-based tactics, each hero representing a specific archetype with special abilities, unique weapons and skills to utilize, such as this new power of Rabbit Harmony that is able to get the opponent to sleep in the middle of a fight, or Luigi if certain weapons allow a charged attack that inflicts great group damage. Teamwork is in the spotlight, with various combination options.
The Saved Sparks will have an important supporting role for the heroes. It will be possible to equip them for each member of the team and to specialize them through specific powers (energy barriers, fire rain, etc.) and own personalities. By the way, melee combat, range shots, area specials, coverage are back, this time with improved movement options, including a kind of drone that makes it easier to cross larger areas.