Hot Wheels Rift Rally announced by the makers of Mario Kart Live

The makers of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit have announced a new mixed-reality Hot Wheels game for PS5, PS4, and iOS – and it’s coming very soon.

Hot Wheels Rift Rally racing onto PS5, PS4 and iOS

Hot Wheels Rift Rally is the latest game from Velan Studios, the developer behind Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Like Mario Kart Live, Hot Wheels Rift Rally is a mixed-reality game that turns your living room into a race track.

Hot Wheels Rift Rally screenshot
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In the campaign mode, players can create their own custom tracks by laying out Rift Gates around a room. These tracks can then be raced with a Chameleon RC car featuring a roof-mounted camera bundled with the game.

In-game the RC car digitally transforms into one of 140 iconic Hot Wheels cars including the Twin Mill, Bone Shaker, Mach Speeder, and Gotta Go along with original vehicles created for Rift Rally.

Outside the campaign, a separate Stunt mode lets players drive the Chameleon without gates, chaining together drifts, wheelies, and burnouts to get the highest score.

Hot Wheels Rift Rally Chameleon RC car
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“Our mission at Velan has always been to create breakthrough games that feel magical to players,” said Velan Studios CEO Karthik Bala.

“Our background combining digital and physical play taught us a lot about the mixed reality racing genre we invented, which we used to bring a transformational new experience to Hot Wheels: Rift Rally.”

Mattel global head of digital gaming Mike DeLaet added: “Velan Studios’ innovative game design and technology introduces a breakthrough play experience for Hot Wheels fans by transforming their home into the ultimate Hot Wheels track for their digital car collection.”

Hot Wheels Rift Rally release date & platforms

Hot Wheels: Rift Rally is racing onto PS5, PS4 and iOS on 14 March. This will be the first Hot Wheels PlayStation game since Hot Wheels Unleashed in 2021.

Like Mario Kart Live, the software is free to download but the Standard Edition, which includes a Chameleon RC car, four mixed reality gates, and a charger cable, will cost you $129.99 (UK pricing is yet to be confirmed).

For the die-hard Hot Wheels fan, the $150-Collector’s Edition comes with a special Collectors Edition Chameleon RC car, a limited edition die-cast McLaren Hot Wheels car, and a bonus unlockable McLaren Senna.

You can pre-order the new mixed-reality racer on the official Hot Wheels Rift Rally website.

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