Anki has announced that Anki Overdrive, its new racing game, will begin shipping on September 20 in the US, Canada, UK, and Germany. Like its predecessor, Anki Drive, this is a racing game with a twist: It features a physical track that has toy cars racing along it.
In addition to returning game modes like the self-explanatory Race and Battle (cars can be equipped with virtual weapons, as in a kart-racing game), Overdrive introduces two new modes. Time Trial has you trying to set the best lap time possible, while King of the Hill tasks players with being in first place for the longest amount of time.
Also new to Overdrive is a modular track. With the pieces included in the starter kit, you’re able to build eight different tracks. This number grows further by buying expansion kits; what start out as relatively simple arrangements can turn into something much more elaborate, like what you see below.
Overdrive is played using a mobile device by downloading the Overdrive app. The cars can be (virtually) customized with new weapons and upgrades, and Anki–which is a robotics and AI company, rather than a game developer–claims the AI “allows each car to fully control itself on the track and use diverse strategies to fight to the finish.”
The game promises to offer a much different experience than picking up the latest Forza or Need for Speed later this year, but it comes at a cost. In addition to the iOS or Android device each player needs, the starter kit is priced at $150. This comes with 10 track pieces, two cars, a charging platform, and a tire-cleaner. Unspecified new modes and features will be released for free post-launch, and the game supports tracks and cars from Anki Drive.
A Russian Progress spacecraft loaded with food and supplies for the crew of the International Space Station is slated to take off on top of a Soyuz rocket tonight. NASA and the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, really need the mission to go well, because they’re running out of ways to restock the station.
Typically, a Progress launch doesn’t get much attention; it’s a routine method for resupplying the ISS. But numerous resupply missions have failed within the past year. On Sunday, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket disintegrated en route to the station with supplies in tow. The company is still trying to determine what went wrong. And in April, a Progress spacecraft failed to reach the ISS after launching into orbit. Once in space, it ceased…
Microsoft’s Xbox Ultimate Game Sale returns next week, when tons of Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles will be offered at deep discounts. Now, Microsoft has announced some of the discounted games.
Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has published a teaser video that reveals some of the games that will be on sale, including Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Goat Simulator, among many others. A written list is also available below, but specific prices have not yet been announced.
Here is a sneak peak of the Ultimate Game Sale, 70 of the best deals we’ll offer all summer starting 7 July pic.twitter.com/ueEbarqoJb
We interviewed some of the smartest people we know at the WIRED Business Conference in May to get a read on what they are most worried about vis à vis humanity’s relationship with technology. The widening wealth gap, as well as the lack of diversity among the ranks of those employed in the tech industry, […]
The photo featuring Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) is particularly intriguing. Are the pair at a ball in Gotham City for the world’s elites? After all, Bruce is a famous billionaire playboy and Diana is a warrior princess of the Amazons. Maybe romance is stirring between them like in the Justice League animated series. We’ll learn more when the film hits theaters next year. In the meantime, check…
I like playlists. It’s a little precious, I know, but it’s a good way to track how musical ideas spread and how a given style can mutate and grow. It’s also one of the best things about the recent rise of streaming, since I now have nearly all the music in the world to choose from.
But it’s also left me with a problem. Last night Prince pulled all his music off Spotify, leaving it on only Tidal and Google Play, and single-handedly screwing up my five favorite playlists at once. While that’s totally his right as the musical genius of our time, it’s left my music in total disarray. Put simply, I cannot make playlists without Prince songs, and I’m seriously considering switching to Tidal just so I can keep my queues together.
Cities: Skylines developer Colossal Order was “very surprised” by the fact that the SimCity-like simulation PC game enjoyed such strong sales, reaching 1 million copies sold in one month. In an new interview with TechRadar, CEO Mariina Hallikainen said seeing the game sell so well has also been “very exciting.”
“To be honest I was very surprised because we’re a very small company, and [publisher Paradox] isn’t a massive publisher,” Hallikainen said. “If you think about the budgets for marketing and the game itself, the ability we have is amazing. There’s almost this blurred line between what is creating and what is playing–and people have been sharing their creations with the world.”
Hallikainen pointed out that the Steam Workshop for Cities: Skylines currently has more than 45,000 items, a figure she described as “mind-blowing.”
“It’s definitely something we didn’t see happening so fast. I was hoping that Cities: Skylines might be the game that sells over a million copies in three years or something, and it happened in just over a month,” Hallikainen explained. “It’s very exciting.”
Also in the interview, Hallikainen teased that Colossal Order will announce a “big expansion,” along with some more free and paid content for the game, during Gamescom in August.
In GameSpot’s 8/10 Cities: Skylines review, real-life mayor Brett Todd wrote: “Right now, there is no better way to take a peek at life as a mayor without filing your papers to run for office in the real world.”