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Anki Launches Robotic Supertrucks to go with Overdrive

Anki, the consumer robotics and artificial intelligence (A.I.) company, is taking its hit battle-racing system, Anki OVERDRIVE, to the next level with the release of two new Supertrucks, FREEWHEEL and X52, launching end of this month. The new battle rigs supersize the Anki OVERDRIVE experience with an intimidating frame that is nearly triple the size of current Supercars.

But beyond their size, Supertrucks also come equipped with powerful new weapons and exhilarating game modes that will set the stage for the ultimate true test of skill, pitting size and strength against speed and agility. The supertrucks are priced at AED 349.99 and available at major retailers including Virgin Megastore, Hub Zero, Harvey Nichols, iStyle, and Dubai & Sharjah Duty Free section.

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“We were overwhelmed with the positive response we received from media and the community when we launched Anki OVERDRIVE in the UAE this summer,” said Stuart Collingwood, GM, EMEA at Anki, Inc. “We are delivering a new form of play that brings an unprecedented level of customization, character personality and interaction to life in a physical game. It’s important we continually expand and improve on the robotic battle-racing experience via new hardware releases as well as free gameplay app updates.”

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According to market research firm Euromonitor International, UAE outpaces other MENA countries when it comes to ‘Smart’ technology. The research states that drones and robotics lead the way in advanced technology, with applications found mostly in the sectors of home appliances, toys and games. “Robotics and artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming part of our daily lives. We are proud to bring a unique entertainment experience that is powered by robotics technology to a country as forward thinking as the UAE,” said Stuart.

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FREEWHEEL and X52 have been designed by critically-acclaimed Hollywood car designer Harald Belker, whose graphically bold vision and style for futuristic vehicle designs have been seen in fan-favorite films like “Minority Report” (2002), “TRON: Legacy” (2010), and “Total Recall” (2012).

Each Supertruck comes with new weapons including X52’s “Pulse Ram,” which will blast opponents off the track, and FREEWHEEL’s “Gravity Trap” that will disable opponents’ Supercars, causing them to lose control. These vehicles are designed to make gameplay more robust and level the playing field, putting players’ true skill to the test.

Aside from commanding Supertrucks in any of Anki OVERDRIVE’s open-play game modes, the battle rigs come armed with their own exclusive game mode called, TAKEOVER. In TAKEOVER, players start each match in their chosen Supercars. Anyone that can break through a Supertruck’s defenses will take control of the vehicle to wreak havoc on their opponents until another player disables them and takes command of the Supertruck.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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