Raving Rabbids

There were rumors a while back that there was a crossover game in the works for the Nintendo Switch featuring Mario and the Rabbids from Ubisoft's popular Raving Rabbids franchise. Well, some new details seem to point to what kind of game it could be.

Kotaku received some art assets from someone close to the project who confirmed to them that the Mario x Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be a real game set to release this fall. The game is described as an RPG of sorts and will be scheduled to release at some point in August or September.

The Super Mario and Raving Rabbids crossover will supposedly feature eight playable characters, including Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi, and four Rabbids who are dressed up like the other aforementioned characters.

According to the Kotaku piece, the game will be running on Ubisoft's proprietary Snowdrop game engine, which is the same engine that powers both South Park: The Fractured But Whole and their third-person MMO, The Division.

We'll get to see how well the engine scales for games like a Super Mario and Raving Rabbids crossover. Given that it's used with South Park, we can at least safely know that it works to some degree with RPGs. Although, the fact that the game has been repeatedly delayed and still isn't ready for release should be cause for some concern, and whether or not it's engine related could prove to be a negative omen for the upcoming crossover game for the Switch.

The crossover will be a role-playing game, where players will engage in turn-based combat and battle enemies using a number of different weapons and gear, and Kotaku claims that the game will feature a "goofy sense of humor," which fits in line with the rumors from a few months ago about the game.

They mention that, based on assets that they were sent (but told not to share), Mario was featured in one image where he was wielding a laser gun of sorts.

It's hard to tell if there will be a collection of mini-games with various battle encounters made available, like the other Raving Rabbids games, or if it's just going to be more of a comedic RPG but themed after the Super Mario RPG games.

Some of the people in the comment section were actually hoping that Square Enix would make another Mario RPG title, while some wondered if it would be a system setup similar to the RPG mechanics from the newer Paper Mario games.

While they do note that the game will have a turn-based combat system, one thing that seems to throw a wrench in the expectations of the game is that they mention that there's a two-player local cooperative mode. I have no idea how this is going to work out for a turn-based RPG, but maybe this is where the Raving Rabbids part comes into play and it has some extra mini-game element to the gameplay?

It's hard to get a grasp on what the game will be like, but we're likely going to learn more about this bizarre crossover at E3 this year, especially if Nintendo and Ubisoft have plans on launching the game this fall, as noted above.

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