While the game hasn’t even been released yet, it’s already confirmed that there will be DLC for it, which isn’t fair from Ubisoft.
During Ubisoft Forward, the French publisher and its Milan studio revealed a new eight-minute gameplay video from the latest instalment of the Nintendo collaboration, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. According to Ubisoft’s overview, “In this new gameplay video, Mario and his friends fight to save the vibrant planet Terra Flora from the mysterious villain, Cursa. To do so, they will take down mischievous Rabbid enemies and face off in a boss battle against a massive Wiggler, who is enraged and infected by Cursa’s dark influence.
The new gameplay also showcases the wild possibilities that the Sparks can provide during combat by lending Heroes their elemental powers and many of the different moves, combos, and actions players have at their disposal.” In this game, combats don’t consist of solely jumping on an opponent, with them giving up the ghost immediately after.
The second video caught our attention for a different reason. So there will be post-launch DLC for Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope, which is typical of the French publisher, to say the least, because almost all of their games get it… but they have the nerve to use Rayman. It’s odd because the character’s creator, Michel Ancel, retired from the gaming industry in 2020 amid sexual harassment allegations (which could have put WiLD, announced as a PlayStation 4 exclusive eight years ago, and Beyond Good & Evil 2, rumoured to still be in a chaotic state as an AAAA title, on a difficult path…). The Rabbids started their career as a Rayman spinoff. So Rayman will be joining the brigade… later. He deserves more than a supporting role.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope will be released on October 20 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive (the big N just won’t be bringing Mario to PC, for example).