Kicking off this month in style, we have seen Anki Overdrive take it up a gear with the launch of its new Supertrucks, promising a new level of gameplay for fans of the robotic battle-racing game.
Anki Overdrive is the Scalextric-style game with a difference. Instead of slots, the cars use A.I. to read the snap together track and stay on course. This lets up to four players use their smartphones to steer, shoot and find the racing line.
This week has seen Anki reveal two new toys coming for the game — big articulated Supertrucks called X52 and Freewheel. The new battle rigs are nearly triple the size of other Anki Supercars and introduce powerful new weapons and exciting game modes that will put players’ skills to the test.
Freewheel and X52 will be available in the UK for £59.99 starting October 3, 2016 and can be preordered via the www.anki.com website.
The new trucks were designed by Harald Belker, whose was responsible for the cars in films such as Minority Report (2002), TRON: Legacy (2010), and Total Recall (2012). The Supertrucks are bigger, rougher, and more dominating on the track than the current Anki Supercars – but care has been taken that the game is still balanced.
Each Supertruck comes with new weapon like X52’s “Pulse Ram” that blasts opponents off the track, and Freewheel's “Gravity Trap” that disables opponents’ Supercars. The trucks also come with a new mode, Takeover. Here players start each match in their chosen Supercars. Anyone that can break through a Supertruck’s defenses will take control of the vehicle to wreak havoc on their opponents until another player disables them and takes command of the big rig.
“The new robotic Supertrucks deliver a whole new level of play to the Anki Overdrive universe that will give players more content and allow them to rethink their gameplay style. Our fans have proven to be incredibly creative and strategic in how they build out their tracks and how they play; we can’t wait to see what they do with these Supertrucks,” said Boris Sofman, co-founder and CEO, Anki.
“The introduction of the new vehicles is part of our on-going mission to support, update and rollout features, both on the software and hardware side, that build off the core robotic battle-racing experience.”
Trying the new truck game modes at the London reveal event I was impressed how much this changed the feel of the game. There was a sense of cat and mouse to each of the game modes now — as the trucks can be included in any — but whether feline or rodent would win was always hard to predict.
For anyone who has the Anki Overdrive kit in the home the trucks will be popular, they may also open the door to those who don’t yet own Anki to get on board.