There’s a chance if you’re not of a Nintendo persuasion you may not have heard of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. The game – not to be confused with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – featured a physical remote controlled Mario Kart car with a camera attached, and used mixed reality to help create a racer where you build the circuits. Now, a similar experience is coming to PS5 and PS4 in the form of Hot Wheels: Rift Rally.
Developed by the same team behind the aforementioned effort, Velan Studios, you’ll once again place physical rift gates in order to design circuits in the real-world. These will then be represented as a circuit on your screen, using the cameras on the remote controlled car. The toy vehicle, named the Chameleon, has the ability to adopt the appearance of 140 different Hot Wheels cars, so you’ll be able to alter the appearance in-game based on favourites like the Bone Shaker and Twin Mill.
There’ll be a full campaign, featuring various different challenges, as well as a Stunt Mode where you’re able to freestyle without gates. “Our background combining digital and physical play taught us a lot about the mixed reality racing genre we invented, which we used to bring a transformational new experience to Hot Wheels: Rift Rally,” Velan Studios’ Karthik Bala said.
You’ll have two options if you’re planning to pick this up: the Standard Edition ($129.99) and the Collector’s Edition ($149.99). Both bundles include the Chameleon RC Car, four mixed reality gates, and a charger cable – but the more expensive version includes a limited edition die-cast McLaren Hot Wheels car and an unlockable McLaren Senna.
Interestingly, the game will only be available on PS5, PS4, and smartphones at first – although we’re sure other platforms will eventually follow. The release date is locked for 14th March, so this is less than a month away. Is it something you’re interested in at all? Put down some props in the comments section below.