One uncommon sort of licensed videogame is the game that features multiple licensed properties at the same time. Nintendo’s “Super Smash Brothers” series is at its core not like these games, at least until they began adding characters and series from other companies. Bandai-Namco’s “Super Robot Wars” is a more textbook example, with its mashing multiple mecha anime into a single game narrative. While not impossible, such games are even rarer in Western markets due to more stringent licensing issues between IPs. Many were surprised with the recent announcement of “Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.” Now, even Mattel is getting into the groove with a videogame featuring its die-cast “Hot Wheels” toys.
IGN tells us that a new videogame based on the Hot Wheels die-cast toy car line from Mattel is coming to multiple platforms this coming September. Developed by Italy-based Milestone Team, “Hot Wheels Unleashed” is a frantic high-speed stunt-racing game much in the vein of similar gimmick racers like those created by Nintendo. While at first look it might only imply that the game will feature CG recreations of vehicles depicted in Hot Wheels over the decades, it does have some licensed franchises increasing their available rides for the players.
As seen in the trailer above, “Hot Wheels Unleashed” has some interesting additions to its racing garage. Fans from the 1980s will appreciate having AI-powered supercar K.I.T.T. from “Knight Rider” as a selectable vehicle, or the DeLorean time machine from “Back to the Future.” Cartoon viewers will go “Cowabunga!” at the sight of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Party Wagon/Turtle-van, and for more oldie content Snoopy is also present with his hot-rod doghouse. Of course, being Hot Wheels there are some toy replicas of actual real-life cars in there, from the 1932 Ford Deuce to the limited-edition 2020 Koenigsegg Jesko.
Much like most racing videogames in this vein, players of “Hot Wheels Unleashed” would probably start their new games with a limited initial pool of cars, with more being unlocked by racing through all game modes, in fantastical environments such as a full-scale home interior. There is even the possibility that more cars will be added via DLC. Hot Wheels enthusiasts can probably check out more once “Hot Wheels Unleashed” is released on September 30, for PlayStations 4-5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Nintendo Switch, and on Steam or Epic Games Store for PC gamers.
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