Milestone has dropped a new gameplay trailer for its upcoming title Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 Turbocharged, showcasing new features, tuning options, physics, environments, and even some cars ahead of its October launch.
The trailer shows off some more of the concepts revealed in the original announcement trailer last month, including new vehicle types and categories, new moves, and new types of terrain featured in the four new environments.
Each vehicle will now slot into one of five categories that define their abilities. They include “Swift” and “Rocket”, which are machines suited to bends and straights respectively, “Drifter” for those that slide through turns, “Heavy Duty” for the larger and heavier vehicles, and “Off-Road” vehicles which perform better away from the orange track.
There’s 130 vehicles in total at launch, including two new classes in the shape of ATVs and Motorbikes, both shown extensively in the trailer. Each can also be enhanced with a new Skill Point system that allows you to upgrade aspects of their capabilities — including boost, handling, and obstacle categories — through three levels.
We’ve already seen a little of the four new environments: Backyard, Gas Station, Mini Golf, and Museum. It appears these are replacing the locations of the first game, but some of them will offer dirt racing — and the different terrains affect how the vehicles drive.
Players have two new maneuvers available to them too, with “Jump” and “Dash”, seemingly both converting accumulated boost into something other than forward momentum.
Jump will allow players to boost into the air — even giving players the ability to double jump to get even higher — which opens up the possibility of overtaking vertically instead of on the track. You could also access other areas of track or find shortcuts.
The Lateral Dash gives the ability to suddenly strafe left or right. That might allow you to dodge an upcoming obstacle or slam into the side of an opponent’s car to force them into peril — or off-track.
We also get to see a little of the upgraded vehicle customization system, which is enhanced with a new “Sticker Editor”. That will allow players to create and save patterns and shapes as their own unique stickers, and apply them to their cars; individual stickers as well as liveries can be shared cross-platform.
With two trailers already released in the past two month, doubtless we’ll see more from Milestone over the coming months ahead of its launch on October 19, 2023.
Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged is available to pre-order now, and will be available on Nintendo Switch, PC via Epic and Steam, PlayStation 4/5, and Xbox One/Series.
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