It seems to have flown completely under the radar, but Hot Wheels: Rift Rally has released today on PS5 and PS4. From Velan Studios, the makers of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (and, less pertinently, Knockout City), it's a mixed reality arcade racer that turns your home into a customisable track.
In the box, you get the Chameleon RC car — so-called because you can customise how it'll look in-game — and a set of gates, which you place on your floor to map out your race course. Through the camera atop the remote-controlled car, you'll drive through your own rooms and hallways on your TV screen. It's a novel idea, providing you have enough space to make it work.
As mentioned, the car can be customised to take on the look of various different Hot Wheels favourites, and you can then drive through a full campaign, engage in local multiplayer, and other modes like freestyle stunts.
It appears the game is currently only available in the US, where it retails for $129.99 (standard) and $149.99 (collector's edition). It's unclear if there's a wider release planned at this stage.
Will you be playing Hot Wheels: Rift Rally on PS5 and PS4? Speed into the comments section below.
Is there a physical copy of the game inside the bundle?
I’d like to try something like this, but my flat isn’t big enough.
Have you guys gone early on the April fools with this one?
I am wondering how the campaign works. Do they tell you to move the track around the house for each race or what happens?
150 seems a tad steep
@Anti-Matter No physical. It’s a 1.5 gb download on Apple devices, I haven’t tried on PS5 yet.
Edit: Almost 4 gb on PS5.
This is a total Mario Cart knock off. Didn't think that did well enough to copy the concept.
WiFi option has some latency issues on mobile and PS5. The car doesn’t seem to swap access points on a mesh network and appears to remain connected to the closest access point after first connection of the session. Mobile appears to have a more noticeable delay than PS5 when maneuvering.
The grind to unlock cars is tedious - you can do quests or grind stunts. Quests are faster, but then you need to do activities you may not want to do at the time. Stunt mode is not efficient to grind when trying to unlock other cars. I appreciate that in stunt mode you can freely swap between the cars you’ve unlocked.
Compared to Mario Kart Live, this game is a lot more versatile. Swapping different cars noticeably affect the handling of IRL toy car. Additionally, not everything is focused on racing - the other game types add diversity to replayability.
The stands that hold the goals are now plastic, but the actual signs are still cardboard. The actual vehicle feels like a heavier quality plastic compared to the Mario Kart vehicles, and the car sits slightly higher off the ground compared to Mario. Hot Wheels Rift Rally is definitely a more mature offering of the two, and feels like Velan took what they learned and improved upon it for Wild Rally.
Seems like they would have been a lot better off making this game available on Switch considering their target age demographic.
@Gremio108 Nah this is a very real game. I'd compare this to the Mario mixed reality game from years ago.
@KidBoruto Nice, in that case it looks like fun! My cats would not approve though
@Gremio108 Oh yeah definitely not pet friendly.
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