Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – August 29
Take the highly recognizable characters of the Mario universe, the comical stars of Ubisoft’s Rabbids franchise, the deep turn-based tactical gameplay of titles such as XCOM, put it in a blender, and what do you get? A gaming mash-up that no one realized they wanted, but now we do. Ubisoft officially announced Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle to open their presentation at E3 2017 following leaks about the cross-over from as far back as November 2016. The title of the game leaked a month ahead of the announcement, when Kotaku received art assets corroborating rumors about the game’s existence.
Built on The Division’s Snowdrop engine, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will feature Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi alongside four Rabbids dressed as their Nintendo counterparts as they fight alongside one another to restore the Mushroom Kingdom. While its art style may suggest a game designed to appeal to a younger audience, the mechanics remain as deep as fans of the genre would expect.