Yes, the leaks were confirmed this afternoon at E3 2021's Ubisoft Forward presentation. A brand new Mario + Rabbids sequel is on its way with some big and bold additions.
The trailer for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope contained a lot of bold ideas and large scale threats. While the first crossover between Nintendo's iconic platforming plumber and Ubisoft's mini-game managing mascots was a quaint adventure through the Mushroom Kingdom, Sparks of Hope is going to be a large cosmic space adventure. To quote their press kit:
"Join Mario and the Rabbids Heroes as they take on Cursa and its dangerous minions. Cursa is inflicting chaos on the planets and their quirky inhabitants while seeking to consume all the energy of the Sparks, uncanny creatures formed by the fusion of Lumas and Rabbids. On your adventure, travel and explore a variety of planets filled with strange inhabitants and hilarious secrets. Outwit enemies along the way in an innovative combat system mixing turn-based tactics and real-time action. Take control of your Heroes to dash enemies, team jump on allies, hide behind cover… and make the most out of each turn in tactical and dynamic fights."
That is right, Mario and the Rabbid crew will taking their fight to the stars to face a new villain. Helping them along this time appear to be the Lumas, a new Rabbid version of the Star Mother Rosalina, and brand new hybrid creatures called Sparks. Each Spark has a distinct power and personality, and heroes can use their special abilities in battle to gain the upper hand in combat.
Shortly thereafter, the presentation revealed early pre-alpha gameplay of Sparks of Hope and it appears to be more of the gameplay fans know and love. Choosing three characters and maneuvering them on the map to quickly and dynamically take out enemies. As for how much the Sparks will spice up this formula, the trailer doesn't show much. We'll no doubt see more as the game gets further along in development.
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