Ubisoft explains why Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, the ambitious sequel for Nintendo Switch, has lost the cooperative multiplayer and PvP mode that its predecessor did have.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope It’s due out on Nintendo Switch in less than a month, and the team at Ubisoft Milan led by Davide Soliani have outdone themselves in this sequel, bigger and better in every way than the original Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle from 2017.
However, that game had one thing that Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope won’t: multiplayer mode. Kingdom Battle had a co-op mode at the start, and a Vs mode was later added in a later update.
Sparks of Hope producer Xavier Manzanares confirmed to ScreenRant the absence of a multiplayer mode and why they have decided to remove it.
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Why Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope won’t have multiplayer
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope it changes many elements of the original game: there are now free-to-explore open environments, side quests, the Rabbids speak, and while the combat is still turn-based, there are no squares.
Because of that ambition to create a different game, halfway through production they decided to focus solely on the single player experience.
“When we started to import things from the original concept and we started to see how many elements we put on the table, to balance this new system we decided to focus our attention on the single player game.”
“It was very important to us and we decided to take that decision to avoid problems. Because we could have gone in many directions, but then it gets unbalanced and it’s a game that never gets released. So it was a decision we made during production.“.
The absence of a multiplayer mode (and any online component), plus the fact that it’s a Switch exclusive (and therefore no cross-progression is necessary) means that Mario + Rabbids 2 finally doesn’t require a Ubisoft Connect account, as stated at the beginning.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope will have a lot of additional content: there will be three big releases in its season pass, including an adventure with rayman. Would you like to see a multiplayer mode added to the Ubisoft game for Switchor do you prefer to focus on single player modes?