Ubisoft has revealed fresh details on the upcoming Season Pass for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, including a new combat game mode and the first look at Rayman, who will be a playable character in the third DLC offering.
Davide Soliani, the creative director for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, first revealed that the game would receive three packs of DLC content during a Ubisoft Forward event in September earlier this year. Now, thanks to an official press release posted on the company's website, we finally have some concrete information as to what form the post launch content will take.
The first piece of upcoming DLC – entitled Tower of Doooom – is set to release early next year and will be exclusive to gamers who have purchased the $29.99 season pass. Tower of Doooom will see Mario and the gang clean out Madame Bwahstrella’s multidimensional tower, all while storming through a series of "highly strategic battles" as they attempt to rescue the returning Rabbid character Spawny.
The second DLC pack, which is due to drop in mid-2023, will take the heroes to an entirely new and “enchanted” world featuring its own colorful cast of characters, enemies, environments and mysterious secrets.
Lastly, the later part of 2023 will see the release of the third and final DLC offering included in the season pass, which will see Rabid Mario and Rabid Peach team up with Rayman to explore “a new and mysterious place”.
Unlike the first piece of DLC which is exclusive to the season pass, players will be able to buy the second and third expansions separately.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope – which released on to Nintendo Switch consoles on October 20 – retains the intelligent XCOM style of combat from the original 2017 game, albeit reimagined to have a more dynamic and free flowing feel. For a more complete breakdown of what we think of the zany sequel’s over world, customization options and other qualities and foibles, be sure to check out IGN’s full review.
Anthony Wood is a freelance science writer for IGN.