Ubisoft has released new gameplay for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, as well as many new details courtesy of Lead Producer Xavier Manzanares. He spoke about the addition of Bowser to the game and how it was supposed to be a surprise for the players.
A closer look is provided at Beacon Beach and Pristine Peaks, two planets that players will explore. Beacon Beach is supposed to be a bright, sunny place, but it’s filled with darkness. Pristine Peaks features a large mountain for players to climb and a palace full of puzzles and a “big fight”. Each planet offers multiple zones and regions with plenty of room to explore.
There are also Guardians, planetary rulers who will serve as allies. They range from funny and weird to unique, but each one has “tons of personality”. The powers of the Spark were showcased in the latest gameplay and are one of the more intriguing aspects of combat. You can equip two per hero, and they offer both passive and active bonuses.
Fire Spark can add a fire attack to your weapon. Sparks can also protect you from enemies and their super effects (depending on the type). You can equip any Spark with any hero.
As for the techniques, these are the abilities characteristic of the heroes. Mixing sparks, techniques, and the hero archetype leads to many possibilities. The autocomplete option for builds is back, but manual settings still give the best results.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope releases October 20 for Nintendo Switch.