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Hotshot Racing is now available, promises 60FPS performance

Published: 13:00, 10 September 2020
Updated: 12:36, 10 September 2020
Curve Digital
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Hotshot Racing

Hotshot Racing is now available for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The arcade game features no microtransactions and the devs have promised free post-launch content.

Hotshot Racing, the new arcade racing game by Sumo Nottingham, launches today for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Xbox One Game Pass subscribers will have access to the game from launch.

Hotshot Racing will see its players drift across reimagined locations from across the globe. The game's retail price is £15.99 (€19.99 / $19.99 USD). There will be a 20 per cent discount during the launch week. 

There are no microtransactions in Hotshot Racing but Sumo Nottingham and Lucky Mountain Games are already working on free post-release downloadable content in the form of new tracks, a new championship and more.

Hotshot Racing’s features

Hotshot Racing features 16 tracks set across the globe with sharp corners which provide technical challenges. Some of the locations include coastal, jungle, alpine and Las Vegas desert environments.

Time Trial and Grand Prix modes cater to those who like to compete in classic racing formats, while ‘Cops and Robbers’ and ‘Drive or Explode’ modes offer new ways to play. Each mode is available in single-player, four-player split-screen and eight-player online. Time Trial is a single-player only affair. 

Thanks to the Sumo Engine, Hotshot Racing runs at a solid 60 frames per second in all single-player game modes. This 60FPS performance promise also includes basic Xbox One and PlayStation 4 models, as well as Nintendo Switch.

Keiko, Xing, Mike, Alexa, Aston, Toshiro, Marcus and Viktor - are the eight speed addicts that have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of being the greatest racing driver in the world. These racers have no qualms about rubbing fenders and quarter panels before reaching the chequered flag. Each racer has four unique vehicles which pay homage to some of the most iconic racing cars on the planet.

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In addition to classic single race and championship game modes, Hotshot Racing also features two new signature game modes; Drive or Explode and Cops And Robbers. 

In Drive or Explode players must keep their vehicle above a minimum speed which continues to increase at regular intervals. Drop below that speed and the car begins to take damage. Too little speed or too many bumps with your fellow competitors and BOOM - game over.

Cops And Robbers is an eight-player game mode which casts players as law enforcement or criminals. The robbers need to flee their pursuers while the cops need to catch them. Each robber apprehended is immediately drafted into the cops.

Players who master all 16 courses can unlock every bit of content Hotshot Racing has to offer. Each completed race will earn the players in-game currency that can be used to customise their ride with additions ranging from new chassis components to cockpit ‘improvements’ like furry dice and bobbleheads.

Some of the customizations can be obtained with in-game currency and others can be yours if you succeed in achieving in-game objectives such as winning championships, drifting for a certain amount of time etc. All customisations are purely cosmetic.

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