Ubisoft recently announced that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be getting a surprise competitive multiplayer mode. Best of all, you won’t have long to wait before you can play it, as it’s launching as a free download on December 8th.
In the new Versus mode, two players will battle each other on the same system with two separate controllers or one Joy-Con each. Players will build a squad of three characters from the eight “beefy, upgraded versions” of the characters on the roster and try to outsmart and out-strategize each other on “surprise-filled maps,” according to Ubisoft’s official announcement.
The difference between Versus mode and the rest of the game is that each player is limited to three actions per turn, so a heavy amount of strategy will be involved in planning out moves. That means that you will have to make decisions like burning through all three actions with one character, or spreading the actions out throughout your squad members. Optional power-ups spread across the maps, however, could end up giving you an advantage, like an extra action during a turn.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has been full of surprises ever since the game was announced at E3 2017. Most recently, a leak revealed that a new playable character will be introduced when the crossover game’s story DLC launches in 2018.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is available now on Nintendo Switch.