Hot Wheels: Velocity X (lost beta & behind the scenes video from racing game; 2002)
Hot Wheels: Velocity X is a racing video game developed and published by Beyond Games and THQ. The game was released in the fall of 2002 for PlayStation 2, GameCube, PC, and Game Boy Advance. The game is based on the Hot Wheels toy line and features cars in the game that were in the actual toy line.
The Velocity X Beta
The game's beta is very different from its final release. Many screenshots exist of the beta version and the only videos of the beta were posted to YouTube by IGN in May of 2011, although footage of the beta dates back to January of 2002.
The beta has many differences compared to the final version including:
- When a stunt is performed, it would say “You’ve been Darylized!"
- The arrow pointing to the destination is red instead of blue or yellow in the final version. The overall HUD is different.
- The soundtrack is near if not completely different.
- Parts of levels are completely different compared to the final version such as different roads and obstacles.
- The startup screen featured the main character Max Justice saying “Hot Wheels Velocity X” which is not in the final version.
- The build had it's own "Stunt Mode" which was made compatible with multiplayer. This mode was completely cut from the final game.
The game had 3 known cars cut from the final game: "Sling Shot', "Purple Passion", and "Sweet 16 II". It is unknown how many cars were cut from the game. The only picture of any cut cars is a screenshot of "Sling Shot". The other 2 cars have no photos from the beta, but models of the cars can be seen online.
Rare Velocity X 40 Somethin' Release
Hot Wheels released a rare variation of the 2002 mainline #051 40 Somethin’ with Velocity X and THQ decals with redline tires. The car was released with the PC version of the game but releases were very limited. Because Velocity X was released in October 2002, the Velocity X version of the car had started production just before the 2003 mainline season started which caused a limited run.
The game had a demo that was featured with a Hot Wheels Racing 1:24 Scale Ferrari. The demo is similar to the final game besides minor differences such as sounds, placements for gadgets and limited options.
Lost "Behind The Scenes" Video
In 2002, shortly after Hot Wheels: Velocity X was released, Beyond Games posted a video to their website titled "Behind The Scenes of Velocity X". This video was one of 5 videos for the game posted on the Beyond Games website. 4 of the 5 videos have been posted to YouTube, those being “Opening Movie”, “Opening Movie Part 2”, “Opening Movie Part 3”, and “30-Second Promo”. Unfortunately, the original site and page was taken down in 2008, but can be accessed through the Wayback Machine. The fifth video “Behind The Scenes” cannot be downloaded through the Wayback Machine. Clark Stacey, who worked at Beyond Games uploaded b-roll footage for the "Behind The Scenes" video to YouTube in 2015. The original video, however, has yet to resurface anywhere and remains lost.
- Unused front cover. Retrieved 22 Oct '19
- Model of "Purple Passion". Retrieved 22 Oct '19
- Model of "Sweet 16 II" Retrieved 22 Oct '19
- eBay listing for the CD-ROM demo of the game. Retrieved 22 Oct '19
- eBay listing for the rare Velocity X 40 Somethin' car. Retrieved 22 Oct '19
- Proof of the lost "Behind The Scenes" video's existence. Retrieved 22 Oct '19
- Unused back cover. Retrieved 22 Oct '19
- "Sling Shot" shown on a now-defunct blog. Retrieved 22 Oct '19