Spooky season has arrived at Ubisoft, with Halloween-themed events landing in Rainbow Six Siege and For Honor, but that's not all there is to be excited about. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is launching soon on October 20, and its developers shared some insights about creating a brand-new character and incorporating accessibility at the heart of its gameplay. Check it all out and more in this week's roundup of all Ubisoft News:
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is landing on Nintendo Switch on October 20, bringing a fresh adventure and new gameplay to the zany cast of Heroes. Notably, the Rabbids have been revamped with a larger range of expressions, the ability to talk, and an entirely new character, a Rabbid named Edge. Lead Producer Xavier Manzanares, Animation Director Marco Renso, Creative Director Davide Soliani, and Audio Director Romain Brillaud spoke to Ubisoft News during a tour of Ubisoft Milan about how they wanted to evolve the Rabbids, and how they went about making those goals a reality.
Doktor's Curse, Rainbow Six Siege's spooky event, is live now, bringing Monsters and Hunters alike into the tactical shooter. Later in the event, Operators will compete in the Hide and Seek game mode, in which Hunters (Attackers) must track down the Monsters (Defenders). To win, either team can take out the other, or the Monsters can survive until time runs out. Players who log in during the event can also get a Doktor's Curse Collection pack for free, and unlock more cosmetic items by completing Ubisoft Connect Challenges.
Enter The Web of Jorogumo, if you dare. For Honor's limited-time Halloween-themed event teams up four players, who must work together to escort an NPC, Meiko, through a haunted version of the Market Town map. Together, they will face possessed samurai, and will have to fight through sticky webs to reach The Web of Jorogumo's frightening conclusion. The event also brings the second (and final) phase of For Honor's cross-platform support.
Aris Bricker, one of the global co-leads for Ubisoft's Neurodiversity ERG, gave a talk during Games For Change Festival 2022 about being neurodiverse in the workplace, and how companies can build a neurodiverse-friendly and accessible workplace. For Ubisoft's Neurodiversity Awareness Week (from October 10-14), Bricker, an associate game designer at Ubisoft Red Storm, spoke to Ubisoft News about their presentation and some of the Neurodiversity ERG's ongoing initiatives, such as working to create a more flexible hiring process.
Ahead of Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope's October 20 launch, Senior UX Designer Andrea Scambia spoke to Ubisoft News about how the development team built accessibility into the core of its gameplay. In the interview, she details the team's approach to accessibility, what features players can expect, and what she's most proud of.
Trackmania has teamed up with CUPRA, the European car brand, to bring 12 new tracks to the racing game over the coming weeks. All tracks will be set three distinct districts of NEO-CUPRA, the new in-game city, with the first district designed to look like a cyberpunk dystopia. The new tracks also feature original music by electronica artist M.O.O.N. Additionally, players with a paid subscription will get four new car skins with CUPRA-branded livery, which complement the new track themes.
Apple TV+ released a new trailer for Mythic Quest Season 3 ahead of its November 11 premiere, teasing what's to come in the workplace comedy. Picking up one year after Season 2, the newly formed GrimPop Studios seems to be thriving as it delves into the future of technology; similarly, Mythic Quest HQ has never been better as it looks to Hollywood to expand its audience.
Ubisoft+ Classics, a curated playlist of Ubisoft titles for PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium members, is adding six Assassin's Creed games to its library this month. Starting October 18, members can dive into Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Assassin's Creed III Remastered, Assassin's Creed Syndicate (PS4 only), Assassin's Creed Chronicles China, Assassin's Creed Chronicles India (PS4 only), and Assassin's Creed Chronicles Russia (PS4 only). By the end of 2022, Ubisoft+ Classics will have over 50 titles.
Ubisoft+ Spotlight - Rabbids Party of Legends
(Editorial note: This is a series of quick weekly highlights written by Ubisoft News team writers that feature games available with a Ubisoft+ subscription. We hope you'll enjoy reminiscing with us, or perhaps discover something new.)
Brittany Spurlin, Writer/Editor: If you're looking for a bit of Rabbid-y fun, look no further than Rabbids Party of Legends. The Rabbids' washing machines are on the fritz again, this time sending them to a mysterious world inspired by the classic Chinese novel "Journey to the West." To get home, they must battle through four distinct regions as they help the Monkey King and his friends.
The minigames in Rabbids Party of Legends are where the game truly shines, and there are 50 of them to help you create a fun game night. These minigames can be played 2v2 or free-for-all, and bring Rabbid chaos right to your living room. Plus, you can create your own game playlists to cultivate whatever theme or mood you want. We recommend pairing Dance Battle By the Sea, Dance Battle By The Temple, Dance Battle at The Pipa Cave, and Dance Battle By The River for a boogie-filled night. Or, if a culinary theme is what you're looking for, Ain't Scared of Spicy Food, The Peach Festival, The Ginseng Fruit Shake, Feeding King Yellow Brows, and Spicy Mash Madness should be plenty to keep your party noshing up a storm. Rabbids Party of Legends is part of Ubisoft+, and you can play today with a subscription.