Being a sequel, a number of key figures have returned, and this includes the former Rare composer Grant Kirkhope. He was previously responsible for the first game’s soundtrack, and this time around he was even given the opportunity to score the trailers for the sequel.
“I’m so pleased to get it out there, you know, it’s not a secret anymore. Yes, it’s great to get it out there… I got to score both the trailers, the gameplay and the cinematic trailers that a lot of the time you don’t get to do that…yeah, I feel I’m part of the launch which is nice.”
In a follow-up tweet, Grant revealed one of the more special moments working on the game, which was being able to do an arrangement of the Comet Observatory theme from the Super Mario Galaxy series:
Oh, and there’s apparently a neat reference to a Banjo-Tooie track in the Sparks of Hope trailer:
Creative director Davide Soliani also had a special message for Kirkhope during a developer discussion about the game:
“Honestly Grant is not only a composer to me, he’s a close friend. And I couldn’t imagine doing a game without him – even if he’s always complaining and whining about something, I want him on my side. That’s the best message I can send to him.”
Are you excited to hear more from Grant Kirkhope in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope? Will you be adding this game to your Switch library when it arrives next year? Leave a comment down below.
Update #2(Sat 12th Jun, 2021 15:40 BST) And Nintendo of America has now taken the game page down. We can expect to hear more details and see a ‘reveal’ trailer later today at the Ubisoft Forward event — join us to watch the livestream at 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm UK / 9pm CEST.
Update (Sat 12th Jun, 2021 12:35 BST): It appears Ubisoft’s Switch exclusive has been revealed ahead of schedule, and as rumoured it’s a sequel to the 2017 title Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.
Here are some screenshots and a bit of extra information about what to expect:
Team up with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi, and their friends on a galactic journey to defeat a malevolent entity and save your Spark companions. Explore planets throughout the galaxy as you uncover mysterious secrets and compelling quests!
– Build your dream team with three heroes from an eclectic roster of nine. – Take down all new bosses, along with some familiar enemies throughout the galaxy. – Rescue the adorable Sparks throughout the galaxy, who provide distinct powers that will help you in battle. – Unleash your heroes’ skills but be strategic as you dash your enemies, team jump on your allies, and hide behind covers.
Original story (Fri 11th Jun, 2021 11:00 BST): Well, it’s E3 season, and the reality is that companies really struggle to keep secrets at this time of year. One rumoured title appears to have escaped the vault a little under two days ahead of time, taking us back to a rather dramatic Switch rumour from back in the day.
[Note: we’ve been deliberately obtuse with the headline and lead image so that people just browsing the site or social media aren’t spoiled. This approach is very much case-by-case, it’s just the call we made this time around.]
When Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle leaked it caused bemusement, and then Ubisoft’s E3 event turned public opinion around and got plenty of us excited for the tactical shooter. It’s an excellent game, and now ‘PracticalBrush12’, a leaker with an impressive track record – recently including the likes of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl – has struck again and listed ‘Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope’.
Ubisoft Forward will reveal all soon, of course – it’s on 12th June at 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm UK / 9pm CEST. A sequel certainly makes sense – the first was well received and had solid sales, while there was a sense that the development team were hugely passionate about the concept and IPs involved.
We do recommend only following the Reddit source link if you want to be potentially spoiled; the leaker’s strong history and the dizzying scope of the list are quite something to behold. Time will tell on how accurate this leak truly is.
Would you be excited to see a Mario + Rabbids sequel?
Gaming fans are counting down to the start of the Ubisoft Forward E3 event.
The live Ubisoft Forward E3 event takes place on June 12 at 8pm BST in the UK.
With E3 organisers ditching the crowds due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s conference will be an online-only affair.
The 2021 Ubisoft Forward event will be broadcast in all the usual places, but you can watch it live by clicking play on the YouTube embed below.
Of course, as is the case with these kind of events, some games have leaked ahead of time.
This includes Mario and Rabbids Sparks of Hope, which is the sequel to turn-based Switch game Mario and Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.
“Team up with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi, and their friends on a galactic journey to defeat a malevolent entity and save your Spark companions,” reads the official description.
“Explore planets throughout the galaxy as you uncover mysterious secrets and compelling quests!”
According to the official Nintendo blurb, players will be able to build a team of three heroes from a roster of nine different characters.
The Ubisoft Forward event will be preceded by a pre-show featuring games such as For Honor, Trackmania, The Crew 2, Brawlhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion and more.
The main show, on the other hand, features a look at some of Ubisoft’s biggest new games.
This includes Far Cry 6, as well as Rainbow Six Extraction, and the exciting MMO Riders Republic.
Ubisoft is also expected to unveil new content for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and maybe even a new game or two.
“The main show kicks off at 8:00 PM (UK TIME), featuring big announcements, updates on some of Ubisoft’s live titles, and some surprises that you won’t want to miss,” Ubisoft continues.
“Catch all the details about the next mainline entry in the Rainbow Six franchise, formerly known as Rainbow Six Quarantine, with world premiere gameplay and trailers revealing this brand-new co-op title for the first time.
“Dive into the island paradise of Yara with Far Cry 6, and discover the action-packed adventures that await you in a nation under the heel of dictator Antón Castillo, played by Giancarlo Esposito.
“Prepare for an avalanche of extreme sports with Riders Republic, the upcoming massive multiplayer open-world playground that will see you shredding your way through beautiful and sprawling North American landscapes.
“You will also receive updates from live titles such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Rainbow Six Siege on their upcoming content, as well as the Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest and soon-to-release movie Werewolves Within, both from Ubisoft Film & Television, plus a few additional surprises.”
Check back later for all the updates from the Ubisoft Forward E3 event.