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UPDATE: Hot Wheels Unleashed video game footage released

By Tom Fraser and James Robinson, 01 Mar 2021 Car News

Developer unveils Hot Wheels Unleashed video game footage

Hot Wheels wants to promote the natural progression from playing with toys to playing video games

UPDATE, April 12: Video game developer Milestone has just dropped the first gameplay footage of its eagerly-anticipated Hot Wheels Unleashed title.

The footage looks similar to the theatrical trailer we saw last month, albeit with a little less visual appeal (let's hope it looks better on PS5/XBOX Series X). 

The gameplay itself paints a fun picture, with familiar tropes you'd expect from a racing game such as this.

And there appears to be a good amount of nostalgia thrown into the mix as well, which we're sure will capture the imagination of anyone who's ever spent a Sunday afternoon bashing Hot Wheels cars around the living room floor with family and friends.  

Hot Wheels Unleashed will be released on September 30. Be sure to watch this space as WhichCar brings you a full review of the racing video game. 


MARCH 1: Question for the audience: while it mightn’t be socially acceptable to play with Hot Wheels toys as an adult, is playing the Hot Wheels video game alright?

Hot Wheels certainly hopes so, as its made the jump from toys to the video game world with an arcade-style racing game, set to go on sale later this year. 

Unveiled with a teaser trailer touting everything you know and love about Hot Wheels – but in digital format – Hot Wheels Unleashed will be available on Xbox Series X, Playstation 5, PC and Nintendo Switch.

The teaser trailer doesn’t show any actual gameplay, but the press release suggests Hot Wheels Unleashed will allow players to drive the cars as if they were playing with the toys themselves.

That means all manner of loop-de-loops, jumps, figure-eights and custom layouts will feature, made out of the famous orange tracks. 

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It’s being developed by Italian game studio Milestone, which has previous experience with the official MotoGP racing series, so it’s not a newcomer to the racing game style.

The game promises an extensive choice of Hot Wheels vehicles, which can be modified to your heart’s content. There’s also a track editor option that should allow you to make crazy layouts to race upon with friends online. 

A Hot Wheels expansion pack was previously offered with the Forza Horizon series, which allowed players to drive and race on wild orange tracks with other players online. 

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Questions remain over how exactly the game will be played. The trailer only shows cinematic racing, so we’re keenly awaiting further details that explain just what elements will be included in the actual game.

The game will launch on September 30, 2021 on Xbox, Playstation PC and Nintendo consoles.