Anki to bring new robot trucks to Anki Overdrive

Published on: 16th June 2016

The company is adding two new models, Freewheel and X52, to its racing game.

Anki-480The new models are around three times the size of Anki’s standard Hot Wheels-style race cars. Like their smaller counterparts, the trucks are guided along Anki’s modular race track using artificial intelligence, while players use the company’s mobile app to fire weapons, switch lanes and change speed. The trucks go on sale from 3rd October.

To take advantage of the difference in car size, Anki is also adding a new game type called Takeover. The mode lets players vie for control of a single truck on the track by being the first to disable it with the smaller, more nimble race cars. When players assume command of the truck, the mobile app’s interface will shift to the truck’s newly designed control screen. To try and stay in the lead, players can build up a rage meter that, when full, grants invulnerability and a speed boost.

Charles Gallant, Anki’s lead UX designer, commented: “We spend quite a bit of time on software updates. In between hardware launches, we spent most of our time thinking how we can make this better for players — increasing usability and increasing fun.”

To see the new models in action, watch the video below.


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