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Three DLC expansions for the long-awaited sequel to Mario + Rabbids, Sparks of Hope were announced during Ubisoft Forward 2022. One of the DLCs will feature Rayman, the hero of the video game franchise of the same name. Rayman will be a playable new character and is part of the third DLC, so he won’t be available early. Ubisoft Forward did not reveal a release window for Ryaman in Sparks of Hope, with only a teaser featuring the top of Rayman’s head among a number of Rabbids shown at the event.
It feels fitting that Rayman would guess to star in a Rabbids spin-off. The Raving Rabbids were originally side characters in the Rayman games before they spun off into their own games. Rabbids became so popular that their series led to a cross-over game with the Mario franchise called Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. The game proved to be a commercial and critical success, leading to the Donkey Kong DLC.
Meanwhile, Rayman hasn’t received a new console game since 2013 with Rayman Legends. The Sparks of Hope DLC will be Rayman’s first new appearance on a home console game in nearly 10 years. Legends received unanimous acclaim and has been ported several times, most recently to the Nintendo Switch in 2017. The character also continues to thrive in mobile titles, including 2019’s Rayman Mini.
Sparks of Hope is a turn-based strategy adventure game where players battle on a map separated by grid-based squares. The distance players can travel and how far they can attack is determined by how many squares they are away from a point of interest. The story of Mario + Rabbid is about the world of the Rabbids merging with the Mushroom Kingdom. Both Mario + Rabbid games take inspiration from other similar strategy games like XCOM and Fire Emblem. Sparks of Hope launches on October 20.