A comeback for the controversial car combat series Carmabeddon has been in the pipeline for some time now. Carmageddon Reincarnation, the first Carmageddon game in 12 years, was first announced last June as a downloadable title by original developer Stainless Games, who have remained suspisiously silent about the project ever since.
We now have a possible release date at long last however, as Stainless Games are said to be aiming to release Carmageddon Reincarnation in February 2013. The catch? Well, they need $400,00 in funding to develop it, which they are seeking via public pledges through a Kickstart programme.
Should the campaign be successful, Stainless Games have promised to deliver an experience that harkens back to what made the original game such a landmark title all those years ago: namely vehiclar mayhem, ludicrous powerups and gratuitous gore.
According to Stainless Games, Carmageddon Reincarnation "will be inspired by the classic environments, cars, drivers and power-ups from the original, but dragged screaming and kicking into the current state of the rendered art."
Once again, no pedestrian will be safe as Stainless Games mention "true rag-doll pedestrians" who will fall victim to new physics-based powerups "that let you mess with their limbs whilst wiping away the tears - of laughter!" It's the same attitude that got the original Carmageddon banned in the UK back in 1997 until censorship demanded the pedestrians to be replaced with zombies that spurted green blood.
Carmageddon's legendary action replays are also said to be returning, and, in keeping with the contemporary industry, will now support YouTube uploads along with in-game Facebook and Twitter integration.
It's safe to say, then, that Carmageddon: Reincarnation hasn't had the smoothest of developments, as Stainless Games were previously looking for a partner to move the project into production - the announcement of them resorting to Kickstart funding would indicate that this didn't go according to plan.
It's not without its advantages, however. Speaking about the Kickstarter programme, CEO Patrick Buckland commented: "Raising the funds through Kickstarter will mean that we keep complete control of the project and can make the game we know everyone wants to play - with no EVIL corporate investor or publisher telling us that we can't run over old ladies or set fire to cows."
With a fanbase stretching back over 15 years, it would be a travesty if Carmageddon Reincarnation never sees the light of day after such a long hiatus, particularly at a time when the car combat genre has recently had something of a kickstart thanks to the release of Twisted Metal early this year. Oh how we've dearly missed everyone's favourtie pedestrian-splattering simulator.
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Apparently the beta is locked at 30 fps on PC. I really hope the full PC release is unlocked because 30 fps may be a deal breaker for me. Admittedly though some games are more playable than others at 30 fps, unfortunately didn't get into the beta so I don't know what it plays like.
Every car in AC is so unique and feels so natural that it's genuinely exciting when we see something new. I look forward to testing this and the eagle eyed will have spotted it racing round an as yet unreleased Spa.
Is 3 cars enough for a pack? Is £1 per car worth it? Hmm it feels like 5-6 would have made for a better selection, I hope to test these out next week.
Just a simply good bye fix then. Now the focus on GT7, lets hope we see that in late 2015, though 2016 still looks more likely.
Yes I'm sure we'll see wet weather tyres implemented on a later build, either way it looks stunning so far and I look forward to testing wet conditions more when they improve the frame rate for triple screens.