Stainless Games Kickstarts Carmageddon

Stainless Games Kickstarts Carmageddon

The racing game for the chemically imbalanced wants your help.

It was just under a year ago that Stainless Games revealed its plan for a new addition to the Carmageddon franchise, the most wantonly violent series of open world racing games ever created. We haven't heard much about it since, aside from the occasional cry of "I was in the war," but now it looks like the studio is finally ready to stand on it.

Carmageddon, "the racing game where racing is for wimps," is the latest old-time classic to seek publicly-funded resurrection on Kickstarter. The new game will be a reboot of the original, bringing it up to speed with "state of the rendered art" visuals, rag doll pedestrians and physics-based power-ups. LAN and online multiplayer will be supported and the instant replay function will now let drivers upload their best, most murderous moments directly to YouTube.

"We're not just doing this because we saw what happened with Double Fine Adventure, Wasteland 2, and the other oldies around here that are making great comebacks," the team wrote on its Kickstarter page. "What happened is that these other projects opened our eyes to the fantastic opportunity that crowd-sourced funding represents."

"Anyway, other games don't let you glue a penguin to the ground and then fire it through a plate glass window with a giant spring," it added. "We do."

The Carmageddon: Reincarnation Kickstarter goal is $400,000 and it's already doing very well for itself, pushing $65,000 on its first day. Reaching the target will allow the team to get the "first release" out by February 2013; if it fails, I guess we'll have to wait a little longer.

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These gentlemen are about to see a lot of money being thrown in their general direction.

Funny how Carmageddon was one of favroite games and most hated at the same time - playing it on the collage lan was sweet, but the racid N64 version has to be one the worst games of all time

Sorry Stainless Steal, but recent flood of Kickstarter projects already torque my moniez.

I can not hit the donation button hard enough. Was I the only one crazy enough to attempt to hit 100% of the pedestrians on every map as a kid? I finished quite a few maps, too.

Dear Stainless,

I will totally give you some money.
When I have some.

Keep on keeping on.

Incidentally, favourite ever Carmageddon moment was when I drove into a "<" shaped divot and managed to make my car entirely flat. Game then promptly crashed, but I remember the hysterical laughter of me and my mates to this very dauy.

I would recommend caution. Let's not forget the last time a beloved property got brought back in modern times.

Fingers crossed it turns out well, just don't get your hopes up too much.

Just wondering, with digital distribution being the way for these games to be released, does that mean they legally don't have to go thru any kind of censors or ratings systems?

I'm not a huge gore hound, but you just know the Daily Mail and Fox News have some recent teenage car crash tragedies with spaces left in, just waiting to cram a suitable reckless driving game name into the articles.

I still remember having to patch the old games to swap zombies for people and green goo for blood.

On another note, the successful Kickstarter funds, will they get a standard release on Steam or GOG or the like once they're done sending copies out to the donors? (donators?) Seems daft if they don't, but I'd kinda hope it's more expensive than the minimum kickstarter donation, as a nod to those who risked their money for potentially nothing.

Honestly, if I won the lottery soon, I'd be dropping a few hundred k their way however.

SenseOfTumour:
Just wondering, with digital distribution being the way for these games to be released, does that mean they legally don't have to go thru any kind of censors or ratings systems?

As far as I know. The ESRB and frankly every rating board around games and movies are completely voluntary. You do not HAVE to submit your game to the ESRB to be rated. But everyone does because many retailers will not sell unrated games and many consoles won't license for their hardware without it.

Well least it's nice to know what they've been doing instead of fixing the bugs in their mtg game.

This is great news, though Im pretty sure Stainless reclaiming the rights and releasing a new Carmageddon is featured somewhere in Revelations. Cant help but feel that if they had spent their existing budget on a Landrover with Carmageddon vinyls though they wouldn't have needed as much on Kickstarter....? :p

Seriously though, really cool project and Im considering backing it. Shame its just coming to the PC and its so far away but still.

Amnestic:
I would recommend caution. Let's not forget the last time a beloved property got brought back in modern times.

Fingers crossed it turns out well, just don't get your hopes up too much.

I'd reference Twisted Metal instead, because it's closer in nature. Game tried to be two things at once, and didn't really nail either.

Mouse_Crouse:

SenseOfTumour:
Just wondering, with digital distribution being the way for these games to be released, does that mean they legally don't have to go thru any kind of censors or ratings systems?

As far as I know. The ESRB and frankly every rating board around games and movies are completely voluntary. You do not HAVE to submit your game to the ESRB to be rated. But everyone does because many retailers will not sell unrated games and many consoles won't license for their hardware without it.

I knew the retailer problem, had forgotten that the console companies can get stroppy, see Nintendo and 'Binding of Isaac'.

So for PC, they can do what the hell they like, but, should it be a success and they want a PSN/XBLA release, they'll probably have to tone it down. I imagine they'll just stick to PC.

Shame is, it's obviously over the top 'comedy' violence, and no-one is advocating driving thru town on the pavement at 90.

SenseOfTumour:

Mouse_Crouse:

SenseOfTumour:
Just wondering, with digital distribution being the way for these games to be released, does that mean they legally don't have to go thru any kind of censors or ratings systems?

As far as I know. The ESRB and frankly every rating board around games and movies are completely voluntary. You do not HAVE to submit your game to the ESRB to be rated. But everyone does because many retailers will not sell unrated games and many consoles won't license for their hardware without it.

I knew the retailer problem, had forgotten that the console companies can get stroppy, see Nintendo and 'Binding of Isaac'.

So for PC, they can do what the hell they like, but, should it be a success and they want a PSN/XBLA release, they'll probably have to tone it down. I imagine they'll just stick to PC.

Shame is, it's obviously over the top 'comedy' violence, and no-one is advocating driving thru town on the pavement at 90.

If they beat their target by a significant amount they claim they intend to bring it to consoles.

At least on the page

*shrugs*

Escapist, bless you for giving up coming Kickstarter game projects the much needed face time. For so many of these titles, all they really need is some exposure to connect gamers sick of publisher abuse with developers of the games they love. Purging the corporate publisher middle man is the best thing that could ever happen to gaming.

Thank you for helping to fight the good fight.

Despite never having played the original games (I'm sorry guys, don't hit me!) I'm instantly gripped by the concept, way more so than with Twisted Metal which just didn't seem to push the same jovial light-heartedness this seems to promise. Hmm, think it's time to go check GOG.com and catch up...

 

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