Anki, founded in 2010 by three Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute graduates and best known for its AI battle racing game “Overdrive”, has introduced two new “Supertrucks”. They were unveiled earlier today along with a whole new game mode.
Anki enlisted Holly-wood car designer Herald Belker, who has done work for the vehicles in movies such as “TRON: Legacy” and “Total Recall”, to design the new Supertrucks X52 and Freewheel.
This is the first update Overdrive has received since its release in 2015. The update includes the two brand new Supertrucks that are about three times larger than the game’s regular race cars, a new game mode in which your only objective is to gain control of a Supertruck and dominate the track using the brand new Rage feature, it also includes brand new commanders for use in the freeplay game mode.
“Featuring tech so advanced that it feels like the future, Anki OVERDRIVE is the world’s most intelligent battle racing system,” the company said in a recent press release. “Use your mobile device to take control of robotic Supercars, driven by powerful A.I. and equipped with deadly strategy.
Whatever track you build, they’ll learn it. Wherever you drive, they’ll hunt you down. The better you play, the better they become. Whether you battle A.I. opponents or friends, your tactical options are unlimited. And with continuous software updates, the gameplay always stays fresh. Customize weapons. Swap out cars. Build new tracks. It’s easy to pick up, and nearly impossible to put down.”
What I like about Overdrive is that it really brings back memories of sitting around the old slot car track with the hand held trigger that would control how fast they flew around the track. Just trade the hand held trigger in for a smartphone, that tiny yellow track in for an ever-expanding high tech track, throw in a ton more technology, and some sick jumps and you have the perfect recipe.
Anki says that, as of September, players have built more than 60,000 different track configurations, logged more than 3.4-million hours of gameplay, and driven more than 2.3-million miles.
Currently six different cars available are available for Overdrive but two of them can only be obtained from the starter pack. Each of these cars has its own advantages and disadvantages, you can also upgrade your cars through the app to give them different abilities. It allows up to four people to play at anytime but if no one is around you can also play against the AI.
The two new trucks will be available for purchase in Canada on October 9th with plenty of time to get your hands on it before the holiday rush for the price of $79.99 at major retailers which include Toys R’ Us, Amazon, Indigo which will have a special edition of the X52 truck, and the Anki website.
You will also be able to purchase the Overdrive Starter Kit for $199.99 and the race cars for $64.99.