The future of gaming, entertainment and robotics begins October 19
Anki, the robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) company based in San Francisco, California, continues its revolution in the world of consumer robotics and entertainment in the Nordic countries.
The company today announced Anki OVERDRIVE will start shipping to select retailers on October 19, 2016 in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Featuring tech so advanced that it feels like the future, Anki OVERDRIVE is the most intelligent battle racing game where players control physical robotic supercars via handheld mobile devices to compete against friends, family or AI commanders. Players can custom build their own battle-racing tracks within seconds using the game’s innovative magnetic modular track system to jump right into the action.
“With Anki OVERDRIVE, we’re able to deliver a new form of play that brings an unprecedented level of customization, character personality and interaction to life in a physical game, establishing a new category of entertainment at the intersection of videogames, toys and robotics.” said Boris Sofman, Anki founder and CEO.
Anki OVERDRIVE includes a rich, in-depth campaign where players challenge a diverse cast of 25+ elite AI commanders to become champion of the Anki OVERDRIVE Tournament. In open play against family and friends, game modes such as Battle, Race, Time Trial and King of the Hill, will keep players at the edge of their seat providing endless hours of fun. The gameplay also stays fresh long after gamers bring it home with software updates that includes new features and functionality.
Players in Anki OVERDRIVE control a variety of highly detailed supercars on tracks they’ve assembled in their own living room. The vehicles are customizable with hundreds of new virtual weapons, upgrades and special items for all-out vehicular mayhem. Cutting-edge AI allows the cars to fully control themselves on the tracks and use diverse strategies to fight to the finish. The game supports up to 4 players at once, with any combination of human and AI players. Team Play and Balance Cars settings add even more variety and fun for matchups of experienced and novice players.
The vehicles in Anki OVERDRIVE are created by Hollywood car designer Harald Belker, whose graphically bold vision and style has been seen in futuristic vehicles appearing in such films as Minority Report (2002), TRON: Legacy (2010), and Total Recall (2012). His sleek Anki OVERDRIVE creations are packed with a 50MHZ computer and camera that recognizes player-built courses mapping tracks at 500 data points per second.
The Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit will retail at SEK 1.999,99 and will come with two supercars and 10 separate modular FlexTrack pieces, allowing gamers to build eight different battle courses.
Players will also be able to expand their battlefield by adding expansion vehicles and track pieces to the starter kit to build massive megatracks with endless variations and new gameplay possibilities. Expansion track packs and accessories vary between SEK 149,99 – SEK 399,99 per pack, expansion robotic supercars retail at SEK 679,99 and SEK 779,99.