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During a 15-minute Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope showcase on Wednesday, the game’s creative director Davide Soliani revealed that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle composer Grant Kirkhope, known for his work on Rare classics GoldenEye 007, Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64, is working alongside Yoko Shimomura and Gareth Coker on the sequel.
Japanese composer Shimomura’s composition credits include Street Fighter II, Super Mario RPG and Kingdom Hearts, while British composer Coker has composed work for Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Ark: Survival Evolved and Halo Infinite.
“Music has always had a huge place in Mario + Rabbids,” Soliani said. “It is especially important for making the game’s planets feel alive and the battlefield tense, and we need exceptional music scores to create this.
“So, I’m very happy to confirm the return of my dear friend, the super talented Grant Kirkhope, as a composer for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope.
“But he will not be alone this time as we have assembled an exceptional crew of talent from all around the world.
“He will be joined by Gareth Coker and Yoko Shimomura, two phenomenal composers that I am beyond proud to have now on our journey.”
The game’s composers were confirmed during an in-depth showcase of the upcoming Switch sequel, which is viewable above. A new game introduction trailer is also viewable above.
Ubisoft announced on Tuesday that the Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope release date is October 20, 2022.