Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
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If you were hoping for some more multiplayer action in the upcoming Switch release Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, we're sorry to say but there won't be any options like this on offer.

Speaking to Screenrant, producer Xavier Manzanares clarified how the team decided to focus exclusively on the "solo experience" in the new entry. As you might recall, the original game had co-op, and Ubisoft patched in a versus mode in a free update.

So what's the reason behind this decision? According to Manzanares, in the middle of production, the team was worried about the balance. Here it is in full:

"We decided in the middle of production to focus on the solo experience. Because, actually as we brought many things from the original concept, we started to see how many elements it brought to the table, and to balance that, this revamped system, we wanted to focus our attention on the solo aspect. So, it was really important for us and we decided to assume that the decision, in order to scope out dangers, where we could go many directions, but then it's unbalanced everywhere and it's a game that never ships. So, it was a decision we took during production."

Nintendo's official website listing also notes how this follow-up Mario + Rabbids adventure is single-player. Of course, given the fact that post-launch content has already been confirmed, and considering how Ubisoft patched versus mode into the original game, who knows what could possibly happen in the future?

How do you feel about the developers ruling out multiplayer in the new Mario + Rabbids... at least for now? Did you play the co-op or versus modes in the original game? Leave your thoughts down below.

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