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Cars 3 debuts video game first look

As Pixar works on getting the film into racing shape to hit theaters this June, the characters themselves are already eager to hit the road

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As the animators at Pixar work on getting Cars 3 into racing shape for the film’s release this June, the characters themselves are already eager to hit the road.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Avalanche Software have released the first look at the upcoming game Cars 3: Driven to Win, which picks up after the events of the third film and, as with other entries in the Cars video game space, allows players to race their favorite characters through the movie’s locations.

Cars 3 charts the fall and rehabilitated rise of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), who enlists a new trainer Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) to help him get back in competition shape and take on the red-hot generation of rising racers, led by arrogant Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer).

All three find their way into the video game featuring more than 20 customizable vehicles, a tally that includes newly announced characters like school bus Miss Fritter (Lea Delaria) and returning favorites like Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), whom we’ve yet to see in Disney’s Cars 3 rollout thus far. (Presumably, the Mater of Cars 3, however minimal, does not share the missile-launching capabilities of his video game counterpart.)

Cars 3 arrives in theaters June 16; Cars 3: Driven to Win is available on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo Wii U on June 13. No spoilers-related spoilers, please.