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Forza Horizon 3’s next expansion swaps asphalt for Hot Wheels tracks

by Eric Frederiksen | April 27, 2017April 27, 2017 6:00 pm PDT

The world of Hot Wheels is coming to Forza Horizon 3, but it’s not just a few cars in a car pack. Forza Horizon 3‘s second expansion is just a few weeks away, and it’s Hot Wheels wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling.

“This expansion lets players travel to a brand-new location in Australia, a place where lazy Sunday drives are replaced by insane high-speed stunts and miles of looping, banking, giant iconic orange Hot Wheels tracks,” writes Turn 10’s community manager Brian Ekberg on the Xbox Wire blog post.

The expansion will take players to six themed islands located off the coast of Australia, all connected by a network of Hot Wheels tracks. Loops, corkscrews and crossovers are littered with boost pads, jumps and apparently even a mechanical dinosaur (Forza Horizon Zero Dawn?!). There’s a host of new skills to master that can net you points, and a new campaign to complete, as well. In the build-your-own-game spirit of Forza Horizon 3, the Stunt Swap feature will let you modify sections of the tracks to share with friends.

There are some cars, too

Without some memorable cars, Hot Wheels tracks are just pieces of orange plastic to step on or get hit with by your brother, so there are a few official Hot Wheels cars on the way, too, alongside some real-world cars.

The Hot Wheels collection includes the 1969 Hot Wheels Twin Mill, the 2011 Bone Shaker, the 2012 Rip Rod, and the 2005 Ford Mustang. Also coming with the pack are rides like the 2016 Jeep Trailcat, the 2007 Toyota Hilux Arctic Trucks AT38, and the 2010 Pagani Zonda R.

I played Micro Machines World Series earlier this month and both that game and this expansion seem to be getting at the same idea of letting us play with our favorite childhood toys in a new way, but they’re approaching from opposite directions. While Codemasters wants to keep toys as toys but add in some magic, Forza Horizon developer Playground Games is making our toys real and putting us in the driver seat.

There’s room for both, and I can’t wait to play this. The Hot Wheels expansion for Forza Horizon 3 hits May 9.

Xbox Wire

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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