In addition to receiving a release date, Ubisoft made a surprise announcement that Nintendo’s Star Fox will be joining the fight in the upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive title Starlink: Battle for Atlas!
The crossover is part of an ongoing relationship between Nintendo and Ubisoft, who together released Mario+Rabbids last year and announced a Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong Adventure DLC pack at this year’s E3.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an action-adventure game third-person perspective set in the Atlas star system. The player ventures into different parts of the Atlas system, meet with different aliens species and form an alliance with them in order to build a crew. Forming these alliances changes the game’s world state, which will then changes the gameplay experience. In the game, the player can use their spaceships to freely explore the open Atlas system. Split-screen multiplayer mode is also featured in the game, allowing two players to explore the space and planets together. All ships can take off into space, and skim on planet’s surface. The transition between space and planet surface is described as “seamless”. Each planet has their own landscape, story, hazards, flora and fauna that may become a threat to the player. The player can also engage in both space- and land-based combat with enemies using spaceships. These spaceships can be extensively customized with different parts. Wings, weapons, and spacecraft modules can be freely swapped at will. The player is encouraged to experiment with different combinations of weapons as different enemies react differently to attacks. Pilots are also present and has special abilities that can be utilized in combat. For instance, one type of pilot can slow down time. There are 4 types of ships and pilots.
While the game can be played digitally, the game features toys-to-life elements in which the player can buy toys, which are ship components, for the game. The player can place their toys on a custom controller mount, and their digital counterpart will appear on-screen. When the player swap the components of their real-life toy ships, its counterpart will also reflect such changes instantly. Each ship has two points which allows the player to connect spacecraft parts with the ships. Purchasing a physical part also unlocks its digital counterpart, meaning that the player does not necessarily have to use the toys and the controller mount to play the game.
First up, here is the new gameplay trailer that they showed off at their conference:
Secondly, here is the trailer which announces Star Fox joining the fight!
Starlink: Battle for Atlas is scheduled to release on October 16!