Update: Ubisoft has now undone the Twitter username change, reverting the account's handle from '@MarioRabbids' back to '@RabbidsOfficial' once more. Was the original change all for nothing, or did the company want to hide all evidence until its ready to make any announcements?
Either way, it looks like we won't be hearing about any new Mario + Rabbids games just yet.
Original Article (Wed 27th Jan, 2021 15:25 GMT): Speculation over a potential sequel to 2017's Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has started to grow online following a social media username change.
As spotted by Reddit user ThemeParkFan2020, the official Rabbids Twitter account, previously '@RabbidsOfficial', has been changed to '@MarioRabbids'. The account is using an image of Rabbid Mario as its profile picture, and while the name change appears to be recent, its most recent Tweet was posted way back in August of last year. [Update – note that Ubisoft has now reverted the account name back to '@RabbidsOfficial']
Thanks to the spot, fans of the original game on both Reddit and Twitter have began to ponder the possibility of a new game. "A Mario + Rabbids sequel has definitely been on my wish list since the original released," one Reddit user says. "Please!!" pleads another.
So, could the rebranding suggest that an announcement is on the way, or is it just an innocent tweak with no real meaning? Well, the original game launched around three-and-a-half years ago, with its Donkey Kong DLC releasing just a year afterwards. If the Rabbids team has been working on a sequel, the timing does seem to make sense, but we'll have to wait and see if an official announcement comes our way.
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