Today Kotaku added to the fuel of the rumored development of a crossover title between Mario and Ubisoft’s Rabbids, titled Mario X Rabbids Kingdom Battle this title has been rumored for a couple of months now. This title was first leaked via french website gameblog.fr who listed it as a Yoshi/Rabbids crossover. The Mario x Rabbids we know of now in reports, began with Laura Kate Dale’s report in November where she said it had the temporary name of Mario RPG: Invasion of the Rabbids. Kotaku confirmed the game’s existence through their own independent source who was able to provide them with art assets for the title.
Since those first rumors, others around the internet have been generating more and more information about the title such as Laura Kate Dale on twitter back in January and more recently Emily Rogers has been posting more and more information via her twitter and blog. From both of those, it seems that Mario X Rabbids Kingdom Battle going to be a strategy RPG with eight playable characters and a two-player co-op mode.
Summary of my last 2 weeks of posts
– Turnbased combat
– Futuristic laser guns, arm cannons
– Co-op multiplayer
– Mario, Yoshi, Peach, Luigi
— Emily Rogers (@ArcadeGirl64) April 28, 2017
From the Mario side of the collaboration you will be able to play as Mario, Yoshi, Peach, and Luigi and for the Rabbids side the playable characters will be four Rabbids simply dressed as Mario, Yoshi, Peach, and Luigi. In her blog posts, Emily stated that Mario X Rabbids would be released around August/September, lining up with what Kotaku was reporting.
Liam Robertson of Unseen 64 also chimed in with a bit of information about it being a strategy RPG. This is a bit more than was being often reported, where it typically has just been stated to be ‘turn-based combat’.
It's a strategy RPG like Fire Emblem or FF tactics, brahs. Not like Mario & Luigi.
— Liam Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) May 2, 2017
The Rabbids game is more of a strategy RPG than a regular one. Sorta similar to Fire Emblem, I think.
— Liam Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) November 18, 2016
I still maintain that the Rabbids/Mario crossover is a strategy RPG like FE or FF Tactics, as opposed to a traditional RPG.
— Liam Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) April 29, 2017
Other information that we learn about the rumored title is that the game is being developed my Ubisoft and that the game will be using the Snowdrop Engine, this engine has previously been used for titles such as Tom Clancy’s The Division and South Park: The Fractured but Whole. The title will also use comical style combat equipping the characters with items such as laser guns.
At the moment Kotaku has been unable to release the assets that their source game them but it is expected that we will get to see first official release information about the title at E3 if not before.
What do you think of Mario and the Rabbids having an outing together? Are you excited to see Mario in a new turn based title? What weird crossovers would you like to see?