As is sometimes the case with leaks, once one hits the floodgates open and we’re treated to more. This is exactly the case with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, an upcoming Nintendo Switch game coming courtesy of Ubisoft.
Nintendo World Report has published new images from what appears to be presentation materials. These would commonly be used to show retailers what games are in the pipeline later in the year. According to these new images, the game will have 4 environments to discover and 35% of the game will consist of exploration and 65% will feature turn-based combat.
One thing that stuck out to us is that the player apparently doesn’t have direct control over the heroes. Instead, we will be controlling Tuttorio, which most likely directs the heroes and tells them what to do. There will be twisted Mario worlds full of easter eggs and secrets. The combat will be tactical and each character will obtain collectible weapons that can be upgraded. Each hero will also have his or her own special attributes and the game supposedly supports multiplayer co-op.
The timeline for the game shows that it was supposed to be a surprise announcement at E3. It’s unknown if it will be a part of Ubisoft’s conference or Nintendo’s Spotlight video event, or both. According to the image, the game will be playable on the show floor. In July previews will go out to press and in August the reviews should start hitting, which means the game could be out as early as August/September.
The game is being created with Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine, the same technology that powered The Division. Ubisoft says the game should last about 20 hours and they describe the genre as “crazy combat adventure”. We’ll have more as it develops!
[Source: Nintendo World Report]