Ubisoft announces that Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope has gone gold, meaning the game is ready for its release next month.
With Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope fast approaching, Ubisoft has announced that the upcoming tactics game has reached a vital milestone: going gold. For those who don’t know, going gold is when a game reaches the point where it’s ready to be distributed to digital storefronts and printed onto the discs or cartridges that will be available at physical retailers. In other words, the launch version of Sparks of Hope is now more or less complete.
The sequel to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle going gold was announced in a brief Twitter post where Ubisoft expressed its happiness that Sparks of Hope is ready for its debut next month. The company also told fans hungry for new information to keep an eye out for hands-on previews from gaming outlets, which have begun making their way online.
Many of these publications, Game Rant included, recently got the chance to go hands-on with an early build of the game for a few hours. Based on these first impressions, it looks like Sparks of Hope is a big step forward from Kingdom Battle, with the sequel improving on pretty much every aspect of its tactical gameplay.
Sparks of Hope is placing greater emphasis on more dynamic squad compositions this time around, giving players the option to change their team up each round. What’s more, characters are being balanced so that no one character is the “best” at a certain role, encouraging players to be more strategic about who to go with as battles progress. Characters will also be more customizable as well in various ways, including through the titular Sparks, Rabbid/Luma hybrids that can enhance characters in ways like changing damage type, granting invisibility or shields, and more.
2017’s Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was a pleasant surprise for fans of Mario and the Rabbids. Beyond putting both franchises into a type of game few would have expected to see them in –a turn-based squad strategy RPG in the vein of XCOM– many were pleased to see that it was actually really good, with critics praising Kingdom Battle for its balance of accessible gameplay and strategic depth. The squad tactics genre is one that’s pretty lacking when it comes to family-friendly titles, so the crossover served as a great introduction for both younger gamers and those interested in something more whimsical than the norm.
All the signs so far suggest Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope will provide an even more satisfying take on the formula. And with post-launch content like Rayman DLC planned, players will have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks and beyond.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope launches on October 20 for Nintendo Switch.
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