Ubisoft officially announced the Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope sequel at its Ubisoft Forward E3 2021 presentation. This confirmation has come after the game leaked on Nintendo’s website earlier on Saturday.
The sequel is set to arrive in 2022, with characters like Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi, and more. They’re on a “galactic journey to defeat a malevolent entity and save your Spark companions.” The game’s description continues: “Explore planets throughout the galaxy as you uncover mysterious secrets and compelling quests!”
Sparks are the name of the new characters formed by Lumas and Rabbids fusing together. Mario and his companions are traveling the galaxy to save planets, rescue the Sparks, and defeat the evil Cursa.
There will be nine characters at launch, along with new bosses and “some familiar enemies” to battle. Players will be tasked with rescuing “adorable Sparks” who live throughout the galaxy, and who give you “distinct powers” to use in battle.
The combat system in Sparks of Hope is new as well. Battles are done through real-time action and turn-based tactics, which differs from the original Kingdom Battle. “You can move freely in a designated area and take cover, team jump on your allies, or dash at your enemies, all in real time within the Hero’s turn,” Ubisoft said.
You can check out both the cinematic and a gameplay sneak peek for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, below.