As revealed in their latest gameplay trailer about two weeks ago, Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 Turbocharged by Milestone and Mattel is set to include a new Skill System and new Vehicle Categories in their upcoming title that’s due to release on 19th October, 2023.
On Monday (10th July) the Game Producer of Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged, Domenico Celenza, and the Lead Designer for the game, Francesco Riggi, were questioned about the new additions in the first edition of “The Inside Track”, a Q&A type article on the Hot Wheels Unleashed website.
Celenza and Riggi talk about the new Skill System, the six different Vehicle Categories, how the first game’s Rarity System still plays a part and the pros and cons to each Skill’s perks, which are Handling, Boost, and Obstacles.
Breakdown on Vehicle Categories
In the article, the Vehicle Categories are spoken about in detail, explaining further what each type of car or truck or whatever will do if they’re of one specification or another.
If you want the fastest cars in a straight line, those are the vehicles classified as Rockets. They “excel in high-speed straight-line performance,” which sounds like they probably don’t do that whole corner thing too well.
Balanced cars have both speed and handling capabilities, likely not as fast as the Rockets or as forgiving in the corners as the next category, that being Swift cars. These Swift-ies have a “lightweight and agile nature” which allows for “quick acceleration and maneuverability” as opposed to the other classes.
Then you have Drifter cars, which are the cars built to slide through the corners with ease. The Off-Road cars will work best when the track is more than plastic. As for Heavy Duty vehicles, they are heavy. They likely won’t be pushed around and will do quite a bit of on-track bullying to the lighter cars.
Skill System freedoms
Each Vehicle Category will get its own Skill System perks, and depending on the level unlocked on said vehicle, up to six perks can be active on any car at a time at Ultimate level. The perks unlocked are specific to that car that it has been unlocked for. These perks can be put on or taken off at any time, however.
In some cases, there’s a seventh perk that can be enabled if a specific set of perks are already turned on. It all depends if you’ve got the vehicle upgraded as Stock, Powered or Ultimate, for how many perks can be active at a time and which perks are available for players to utilize.
As for these perks, there are three differentiations, and those include Handling, Boost and Obstacles. An Obstacles perk, for example, could help prevent getting caught up at a specific section of track that’s meant to slow you down, like the spider webs. Turning on that perk could help lessen that time loss.
Different Vehicle Categories will do better with different perks. The example given would be to add something that helps boost on a car that’s normally more handling dependent to get a better balance, and vice versa.
That’s the gist of it, but even more about these changes coming to the sequel can be found in The Inside Track posting, including how the Rarity System is set to return. What do you think about this new way to upgrade cars in the upcoming title? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged will release on 19th October, 2023 for PC via Steam and via Epic, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.
SOURCE: Hot Wheels Unleashed