It was recently reported that Avalanche Software, the company behind the ambitious Disney Infinity game series, would be returning to its roots by developing a game tying into the next Pixar film. As the masterminds that created the great Toy Story 3 video game as well as the immensely enjoyable Cars 2 game, it was great to hear they would be working so closely with Pixar once again. Disney has officially announced the release date for the Cars 3 video game coming this summer – learn the details and watch a trailer introducing the game after the break!
The game, titled Cars 3: Driven To Win, arrives on June 15th and it is heading to all major consoles. Included in the release plans are the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, and even the newest console to hit the market, the Nintendo Switch. The Cars 2 game that Avalanche developed put a Cars spin on the Mario Kart franchise, with a big emphasis on multiplayer modes and item use. Avalanche went way beyond just creating a copycat, though, putting the Cars world to good use. It will be exciting to see what the studio can do with another crack at the franchise.
The new game will have 20 playable characters, along with 20 different tracks that can be utilized, which should provide for a significant amount of variety in gameplay. Hopefully each character and track has its own distinct feel. A trailer for the game was unveiled, where you can get a taste of how all this comes together. You can watch it below:
I am looking forward to checking this out on my Nintendo Switch, which I picked up recently. You can read the full press release that Disney provided about the game here:
Burbank, Calif. – April 5, 2017 – Racers, start your engines! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media today announced details about Cars 3: Driven to Win, the world-class competitive racing game that features beloved characters from the upcoming Disney•Pixar Cars 3 film in an entirely new interactive experience. Cars 3: Driven to Win is being developed by Avalanche Software, newly re-opened under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and will be available for the PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch™ and Wii U™ beginning on June 13, 2017.
“It’s been an amazing experience to work with the team at Pixar once again for this new game for the beloved Cars franchise,” said John Blackburn, Vice President and Studio Head, Avalanche Software. “With Cars 3: Driven to Win, we wanted to create a game that allows fans to extend their experience with this great film, and also feel the thrill of speeding through the tracks, participating in races, and mastering tricks and techniques for fun with the whole family.”
Picking up after the final big race in the film, Cars 3: Driven to Win extends the storyline of Cars 3 with all-new action packed adventures and takes players through a high-speed competition that is filled with both familiar and new faces. Players will be able to join Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez as they prepare to take on rival racer Jackson Storm. The game features more than 20 customizable playable characters including popular heroes from the Cars franchise and next generation racers. Players can also select their favorite race environments from a series of iconic settings from the film, such as Radiator Springs and Florida International Speedway, with over 20 unique tracks to choose from across 13 different locations.
Cars 3: Driven to Win is a game that empowers players to master their driving skills for the ultimate competitive racing experience. With six thrilling modes for gamers to learn and advance their abilities, players can progress their character through training and tests of racing proficiency that unlock new modes, tracks, characters and more. Players can hone a wide variety of skills and abilities including Drifting, Turbo, Two-wheel Driving, Driving Backwards and Side-Bash. Each unique mode and ability allows players to explore the deeper gameplay mechanics and earn rewards for their expertise. Cars 3: Driven to Win provides an exhilarating, action-packed experience where training and skill give players an edge in a racing experience that anyone can win.
Additionally, players will be able to experience Cars 3: Driven to Win with their friends or on their own to perfect the various racing styles and modes available to them. Available for pre-order now, the game will include local split-screen cooperative play, allowing players to compete or team up and play at home together, making it easy for friends and family members to join the race – and the fun – at any time.