Artificial intelligence start-up Anki is gearing up for the release of its newest battle-racing game Overdrive this fall.
In the game, players use their mobile devices to control physical supercars and battle up to four friends at a time, or one of 25+ AI commanders. Click here to see it in action.
The highly anticipated follow-up to holiday 2014 hit Drive features a magnetic modular track system and hundreds of new virtual weapons and upgrades to blend the best of toys, robotics and video gameplay. Overdrive also boasts six new supercars designed by Hollywood automobile designer Harald Belker, whose futuristic vehicles have appeared in films like Minority Report, TRON: Legacy and Total Recall.
An Overdrive starter kit that comes with two supercars and 10 modular track pieces will sell for $US150 when it hits select retailers in the US, the UK, Germany and Canada on September 20, day and date with its e-commerce rollout on www.anki.com.
While the San Francisco-based company doesn’t have any immediate plans to move into licensing, Anki president and co-founder Hanns Tappeiner said in an April interview with Kidscreen that there has been a lot of interest, and licensed models based on videogames or movies could work well.