Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, the sequel to Ubisoft's 2017 collaboration game Mario + Rabbids has reportedly had its release date leaked — by Ubisoft themselves.
Ubisoft hasn't formally announced the release date for the unlikely sequel. Instead, eagle-eyed fans spotted the release date listed on the Ubisoft Store for Mario + Rabbids 2. The game will reportedly release on October 20, 2022.
Sadly, at the time of writing, Ubisoft has removed the release date listing for the game, further suggesting that the date was leaked ahead of schedule. The listing now simply says that the game is coming in 2022.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is set to keep roughly the same turn-based style as Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. In Sparks of Hopes, players will build out their own roster of characters, choosing from a variety including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi, Rabbid Mario, and new addition Rabbid Rosalina.
Players are tasked with rescuing the Sparks throughout the galaxy, who provide distinct powers that aid the player in battle. The game's levels differ slightly to the original, set to be less linear and moves away from the grid-based layout.
As for the release date, while it's now believed that the game will be launching on October 20, until Ubisoft or Nintendo officially makes an announcement fans should set their expectations accordingly.
Nintendo recently announced that a Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase would be held later today, showing off roughly 25 minutes of information on upcoming third-party games. Whether or not we could see something regarding the Mario + Rabbids Sparks of hope release date remains to be seen.