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Mario Kart: Home Circuit Developers Are Now Making a Hot Wheels Version

If you liked the idea of mixed reality kart game Mario Kart Home Circuit but felt like it could use fewer red-clad plumbers, the same developers are on the cusp of releasing a very similar game... but with Hot Wheels. It's called Hot Wheels: Rift Rally, and it's coming to iOS, PS4, and PS5 on March 14, 2023.

Hot Wheels: Rift Rally is, similarly, a mixed reality game that involves a Chameleon RC car and tracks that players can set up around their homes using "Rift Gates" - basically gates the car can drive through that denote where the track is. Then, players drive the tracks they've set up using the in-game screen, with the RC car digitally changing into one of over 140 different variations of Hot Wheels car on-screen.

Rift Rally includes both a campaign mode where players use the gates to build tracks and explore different maps, and a stunt mode that eschews the gates for performing drifts, wheelies, and burnouts to hit high scores.

Like Home Circuit, Rift Rally does get a bit pricey because of the included RC car - the standard edition is $129.99 and the collector's edition is $149.99, which includes a special edition RC car and an additional limited edition Hot Wheels car in a display case.

We liked Mario Kart: Home Circuit when we tried it out, but it had some technical hiccups that kept it from shining as bright as it could that hopefully Rift Rally can sort out. It's worth noting that developer Velan Studios is also the studio behind Knockout City, a very different game nvolving dodgeballs and online multiplayer, that we just learned is officially shutting down in June.

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.

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