Lucky Mountain Games, Sumo Nottingham, and Curve Digital have announced today the final release date for the upcoming poly-powered racer, Hotshot Racing.
The game, originally set to release in Spring 2020, will now be releasing on September 10th on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. What’s more is that the pricing has also been revealed, and it’s an absolute steal at just $19.99/£15.99/€19.99. However, those on Xbox will be able to play the game at no extra cost with their Game Pass subscription.
I’m actually in the middle of my review for the game, so while I can’t say much about anything until a later date, believe me when I say that this is one of the best-priced games I’ve seen in a very long time. And if you’re an Xbox owner and Game Pass subscriber, you’ve absolutely no reason to not have this downloaded on day one.
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Hotshot Racing is a callback to 90s racers, the kind of games that littered arcades and chewed up 50p coins without remorse. This revival of sorts takes the classic arcade gameplay and presentation of those ancient beasts and brings it to modern audiences with most of the bells and whistles we’ve become accustomed to.
“This game has been on a massive journey for the past decade from the initial concepts to Kickstarter pitch and now on the final stretch to launch,” said creative director Trevor Ley of Lucky Mountain Games. “We can’t wait to see all the in-game leaderboards light up with the fastest times from players and see multiplayer servers full to the rafters! We have plans for this game past launch as well, so it’ll be great to see what the world thinks of the game post-September 10th,” he added.
“As soon as we saw Hotshot Racing we absolutely fell in love with the concept, and working with Trevor on the game’s development has been a fruitful and joyous experience,” said Tom Turner studio production director at Sumo Nottingham. “Sumo Nottingham is known for producing some of the most beloved arcade racing experiences on the planet and we believe Hotshot Racing stands proudly side-by-side the best racing games we’ve developed.
Time Trial and Grand Prix modes cater to those who like to compete in classic racing formats, while ‘Cops and Robbers’ and ‘Drive or Explode’ modes offer exhilarating new ways to play. Each mode is available in single-player, four-player split-screen and eight-player online, while Time Trial is single-player only. Single-player modes run at a blistering 60FPS to deliver one of the fastest depictions of racing possible. Smash lap records to rise-up the global online leaderboards or download ghost laps to match your racing lines against the very best.
16 racing circuits provide the twists, turns and straights conducive to searingly quick racing. Take in coastal, jungle, alpine and Las Vegas desert environments, with each course modelled with the most vivid colours and blue skies for miles.
MEET THE HOTSHOTS
Keiko, Xing, Mike, Alexa, Aston, Toshiro, Marcus and Viktor – eight speed addicts that have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of being the greatest racing driver in the world.
CATCH THE DRIFT
Drifting is crucial in Hotshot Racing. Boost charges as the player drifts, so maintaining it for as long as possible is vital to preserving maximum speed throughout a race.
DRIVE OR EXPLODE
In this mode each car has a bomb attached to it. Drop below a certain speed and BOOM! The trigger speed gets faster and faster, forcing players to maintain impossibly high speeds.
COPS AND ROBBERS
Robbers evade the cops. Cops catch the robbers, and in doing so convert them to the police side, leading to an exciting test of skill for the surviving criminals.
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