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MILESTONE AND MATTEL CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF HOT WHEELS UNLEASHED 2 - TURBOCHARGED
Launch celebrated wildly.
October 19, 2023
6 Min Read
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. and MILAN, Italy – October 19, 2023 – Milestone, a leading global racing game developer, and Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT), leading global toy company and owner of one of the strongest catalogs of children’s and family entertainment franchises in the world, announced today the release of Hot Wheels Unleashed™ 2 - Turbocharged, available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, and PC via Steam and Epic Games Store. All-new gameplay mechanics to explore across different terrains, new types of vehicles with unique perks, and a broad range of both single-player and multiplayer game modes will make players’ journey into the Hot Wheels® world more thrilling than ever, where speed, skills, and creativity come together.
Watch the Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 - Turbocharged launch trailer here: https://youtu.be/sb-Z05KFZ3E.
“Hot Wheels is one of the most iconic brands in the world and has been providing unique experiences to fans for generations,” said Mike DeLaet, Global Head of Digital Gaming at Mattel. “We are excited that the Hot Wheels franchise continues to grow and expand every year, and can't wait for fans to explore this new racing adventure with Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged.”
“We are thrilled to announce the release of Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 – Turbocharged. The first chapter quickly became the most successful game in our history and with this new iteration, we wanted to push even further the boundaries of fun and creativity in the world of arcade racing,” said Luisa Bixio, Milestone CEO. “Of course, making a sequel is even a greater challenge; the bar is high, and we worked hard to amplify the adrenaline by revolutionizing the gameplay with new actions, creating new environments and terrains, as well as introducing new game modes and vehicles to unleash even more Hot Wheels magic. We believe fans of all ages will be delighted by the experience we've created and can’t wait to see their reactions.”
MORE CARS AND NEW ENVIRONMENTS TO UNLEASH THE FUN
The Hot Wheels brand has always been synonymous with speed, thrill, and unparalleled vehicular designs. Keeping up with this legacy, Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 - Turbocharged offers a vast selection of over 130 vehicles, broadening its universe with the inclusion of ATVs, Motorcycles, and a host of new classes. Whether it's the sheer speed of the Rocket class or the agility of the Swift, the perfect blend of handling and power of the Balanced category, the precision and finesse of the Drift group, the majesty of the Heavy Duty, or the adventurous Off-Roads, there's a vehicle to suit every racer's preference.
Importantly, each category will perform differently based on its specific characteristics and the different racing surfaces. Environments will thus play a pivotal role in the game, and players will be thrilled to discover five brand-new settings: a nostalgic Arcade room, a revamped Backyard racing arena, a Mini Golf Course set in the Wild West, a Dinosaur Museum, and a Gas Station complete with a diner.
RACE STRATEGY MEETS SKILLS
Victory in Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 - Turbocharged is about more than just speed. The game introduces an innovative Skill System, turning racing into a tactical battleground. Performance enhancements come from investing your Skills Points earned while racing in a Skill Tree composed of three branches, which upgrade vehicles in different ways; players can choose to improve boost and related features, handling, or the ability to navigate obstacles.
New gameplay mechanics also add increased depth to the racing excitement. Players can now use Single or Double Jumps for clever overtakes, dodging obstacles, and reaching shortcuts or previously unreachable track sections, while Lateral Dash allows drivers to quickly move sideways, ideal for colliding with opponents or avoiding falling off the track. These new possibilities combine with the existing Boost and Drift moves to provide players with multiple approaches to every scenario they encounter.
NEW GAME MODES AND A STORY-DRIVEN CAREER
Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 - Turbocharged introduces new dynamic game modes like Elimination, where staying too long in the last position will decree your game over, or Drift Master, a fusion of control and style perfect for drift lovers. These can be played in split-screen, just like Waypoint, the free-roaming mode where players will learn to explore environments looking for the shortest path through checkpoints. Moreover, two online-specific modes will fuel virtual battles, with cross-play* also enabling races across different consoles. In Grab the Gears, players will try to collect as many gears as possible within a designated area, while the Clash Derby mode will feature massive duels amongst Monster Trucks.
Another pillar of Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 - Turbocharged is the revamped career mode. Here, players will team up with Robert and Darla, supported by their robotic sidekick XR046, to save the city from ominous creatures accidentally released by the sloppy Professor Tanabe. Players will find themselves captivated by an engaging plot thanks to animated cutscenes that will give them a glimpse into the history and personalities of each character and will be called to spectacular battles against five bosses as they race to restore peace.
CRAFTING THE FUN
A number of upgraded design editors await the imaginative touch of the endlessly creative Hot Wheels Unleashed community. The Livery Editor will feature a new Sticker Editor to allow users to design, store, and share unique patterns and forms, whereas the Track Editor will provide special modules and features to boost the variety of player-generated tracks. All user-generated content is shareable cross-platform from day one (right now!) so that the whole community can appreciate each and every creation..
As tracks illuminate and engines bellow, Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 - Turbocharged offers not merely a game, but an experience that lingers. Whether pursuing breakneck speeds, orchestrating their next tactical move, or immersing in their artistic flair, this is where players can truly embrace arcade racing.
*Cross-play not available on Nintendo Switch.
Founded in Milan in 1996, Milestone S.r.l. is one of the leading and longest established racing game developer in the world. The 200+ people team is responsible for hit series like MotoGP™, MXGP and Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame, as well as own IPs Ride and Gravel. For more information please visit www.milestone.it
PLAION is a dynamic and diversified business in the global entertainment sector, masterfully crafting franchises that captivate audiences worldwide. Boasting a vast network of nine game development studios, sixteen regional publishing offices, and PLAION PICTURES as an independent film publisher and distributor, the company extends its influence with merchandise production and expansive distribution capabilities across the globe.
Founded nearly three decades ago, PLAION has firmly established itself within the entertainment arena. With a diverse range of services and solutions, PLAION stands as the premier publishing partner for console and PC games across both physical and digital channels. Moreover, its strong foothold in the Virtual Reality (VR) domain highlights the company's commitment to varied gaming experiences.
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