Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Racing
Publisher: PLAION
Developer: Milestone
Release Date: Oct. 19, 2023

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'Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged' Shows Off Single-Player Campaign And Other Game Modes - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2023 @ 11:08 a.m. PDT

With all-new mechanics, environments, vehicle styles, and game modes, Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged revs the arcade fun up to the next level, taking players to unexplored horizons in their Hot Wheels gaming experience.

Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged will launch with over 130 vehicles, including the debut of motocycles and ATVs. Stock, Powered, and Ultimate vehicle categories will provide varied driving experiences, while players will be able to further customize their driving style using skill points to earn specific perks and assemble their ideal custom build. Each vehicle class has its own unique style and feel, with each playing differently. For example, vehicles in the Rocket category deliver unmatched speed on straightaways, while those in the Balanced category offer a perfect blend of speed and maneuverability. The Swift category presents a lighter and fiercely competitive option, while the Drifter is perfect for mastering corners with professional finesse. In contrast, the Heavy Duty category features colossal and robust vehicles, and the Off-Road class represents the ideal choice for conquering the most challenging off-track terrains.

Along with the greater diversity of vehicles and environments, which open up more dynamic and strategic racing scenarios, drivers’ skills will be tested with the addition of two new abilities to the Unleashed series – dash and jump.

With the power of boost, players will be able to Jump or Double Jump at any moment. With a boosted hop, racers can fly over their enemies, avoid obstacles, and navigate tight spaces. Racers who flex their creative muscles can even use this trick to find new shortcuts or reach new sections of the track.

Alongside jumps, Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged is introducing the Lateral Dash, which gives players the chance to use strength instead of speed. Through this maneuver, players can collide with cars on either flank to force opponents off the track or bounce them against a track’s barriers. Lateral Dash and Jump open up vast new options for racers in Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged, and when paired with the game’s boost and drift mechanics, give players a new way to race.

These innovations, alongside the drift and boost features already present in series, ensure that each race offers a unique and thrilling experience while giving players more control over their finishing place every race.

Racers can take these new maneuvers and their already radical racing skills to Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged’s five brand-new environments. Blaze across the sticks in an old-fashioned Arcade, tear up grass in the Backyard of a family home turned racing arena, kick up dust in a Wild West-inspired Mini Golf Course, make history in a Museum amongst fossils, and top up at a Gas Station diner. These diverse areas will bring racers both indoors and outdoors, on track and in the dirt. With seamless transitions between each setting, racers will have to adjust for their new environment, fully testing their skills. For the creatively inclined, Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged also offers a Track Room where fully custom racetracks can be made from scratch.

Milestone and Matte released a new trailer showcasing Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged’s new game modes and single-player campaign.

In Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged, fun comes in many forms. Race through action-packed tracks that span innocuous rooms in a home, arcades, and backyards with gravity-defying style or test your skills in no-holds-barred battles against other players or extreme challenges.

Along with fan-favorite modes from the original Hot Wheels Unleashed, five brand-new game modes will expand and diversify the racing experience.

In the new Elimination mode, players will need to rely on their survival instincts. Every few seconds, the slowest vehicles will be eliminated from the race, urging players to drive carefully, deciding when they should make a leap for the lead and when they should save their boost. Driftaholics can put their tires to the test in the Drift Master mode, where players will have to maintain precision and style to amass points and dominate their drifting competition.

Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged will feature five different environments, and the Waypoint mode will let players explore and uncover all their secrets. In this mode, players can drive off the iconic orange tracks of the game’s intricate courses and immerse themselves in free-roaming action, where creativity and curiosity will be crucial to discovering the shortest paths through checkpoints.

Staying off the tracks, the Grab the Gears mode offers a perfect blend of racing skills, strategy, and a touch of frenzied action, as players will engage in thrilling online battles to collect as many Gears as possible within an open area. Lastly, chaos will reign supreme in the Clash Derby mode, the ultimate online duel for monster trucks only, where players will seize supremacy of the arena by doing what monster trucks do best: smashing into each other.

A Captivating Story for Career Mode

Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged will bring players back to the city, where our new protagonists Robert and Darla, alongside their robotic assistant XR046, are called to save the day and restore peace after a series of creatures are mistakenly released by Professor Tanabe. Animated cutscenes will introduce players to the background and personality of each character, immersing them in a narrative journey that will lead to breathtaking battles against five bosses, all to secure the fate of the city and its inhabitants.

“Our partners at Milestone have developed a fantastic variety of choices available across game modes, vehicle customization, and beyond in Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged, truly upleveling the player experience,” said Mike DeLaet, Global Head of Digital Gaming at Mattel. "It’s our priority to offer fresh and exciting opportunities for fans to engage with the world of Hot Wheels in ways they’ll love and remember, and this game provides just that.”

When they’re not busy saving the city, players can relax and let their imaginations run wild with Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged’s array of editors. Using the Track Builder, engage with exciting new modules to create the track of your dreams or explore the unlimited creations of the community. Additionally, the new Sticker Editor integrated into the Livery Editor will let creative racers make, save, and share unique patterns and shapes.

With new game modes, an engaging single-player campaign with original characters, amazing tracks set in breathtaking locations, and daring new moves to dominate each race, the latest journey into the crazy world of Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged promises more fun than ever.

Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged will feature a variety of new game modes that add a fresh layer of fun and challenges both online and offline, including events that push drivers’ skills to the limit or teach them how to master the art of drifting and avoiding crashes with speed and precision. The fan-favorite, two-player split-screen mode is also back to fuel exciting duels on the couch, while a number of improvements, including the ability to create a party with friends and the addition of cross-play*, will ignite the online multiplayer experience.

A story-driven career mode starring four original characters is just one more massive addition to Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged. Each character’s background and personality will be presented through animated cutscenes that immerses racers in a captivating narrative, making their journey into the world of Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged truly unforgettable.

To truly dominate the competition, a combination of muscle and brain is essential. That’s why Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged introduces a brand-new Skill System that allows players to customize their vehicles for a totally personalized ride. With the Skill Points earned, players can invest in a Skill Tree, consisting of three branches, each focusing on different aspects of a car's driving abilities. They include improving the vehicle's boost and related features, improving handling, and much more.

In Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged it's not just what's under the hood that matters – players must make their car their own. As such, the Livery Editor will allow the creation of unique liveries that let players stand out on the track, while the new Sticker Editor will let Hot Wheels artists create, save, and share specific patterns and shapes, allowing for further customization of their vehicle's appearance. Once they are satisfied with their designs, they can share them with the world, showcasing their artistic skills to fellow racers. 

User-generated content played a critical role in the success of Hot Wheels Unleashed, which boasts over 1 million user-created liveries and four-hundred thousand tracks designed by Hot Wheels fans. The welath of options to unleash players’ creativity is even larger in Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged.

The refined Track Editor will introduce new special modules and features that increase the diversity of player-generated tracks, whereas a Livery Editor update will introduce the Sticker Editor to create, save, and share original patterns and shapes. To ensure everyone can enjoy the creations of their fellow players, all user-generated content will be shareable cross-platform from Day One of Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged.

Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam and The Epic Games Store) on October 19, 2023.

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