BugBear's Next Car Game has gained some significant traction lately, having set up a Kickstarter campaign to gain more supporters and funding.
Previously, we've seen screenshots and some tantalising video trailers showcasing the impressive soft body dynamic damage modelling, but BugBear have now presented a short video comprised of actual gameplay played by a developer on what appears to be a Logitech G27 wheel setup, testing the handling in a rear wheel drive car on gravel in a white knuckle full contact race.
Being billed as a spiritual successor to their off-road FlatOut racer, it's no surprise that the gameplay is instantly reminiscent of the fabled series: there's a classic dirt track that could have easily been used in the original FlatOut, the racing is fast and frantic with AI opponents trading paint as they jostle for position and, as is a trademark of BugBear, the track is littered with destructible objects - watch as tyres get strewn across the track following a head-on smash into a tyre wall
If I have a criticism, the phyiscs don't seem to have evolved much from FlatOut at this stage. Of course, BugBear never set out to make a realistic driving simulation, but FlatOut's cars always felt just a bit too planted, which also seems true in Next Car Game - hard landings from jumps don't seem to affect the car as much as it should in the video. Likewise, the car being driven doesn't appear to have a lot of weight, ploughing into other cars and spinning them out as if it was a truck.
However, FlatOut was never very realistic either - BugBear are opting to deliver spectacle instead, which FlatOut delivered in spades and Next Car Game looks to be following suit. Also if the handling doesn't your preference BugBear have confirmed that a selection of driving aids will be available.
Nevertheless, Next Car Game is very much work in progress, so what we're seeing here isn't representative of the final game due for release on PC early next year and PS4 and Xbox One later in the year, providing BugBear can raise the funding.
BugBear still have a long way to go to reach their funding goal on Kickstarter - at the time of writing, over $69.000 out of the target $350,000 has been raised. You can show your support on Next Car Game's Kickstarter page, where BugBear are promising to release a playable sample of their destructive racer after the campaign has finished.
Some new screenshots were also sent to us showcasing the car variety, featuring a series of rust buckets more in keeping with the banger racing theme compared to later FlatOut games which were overrun with street racing cars.
We hope to get our own hands-on with Next Car Game soon to bring you some comprehensive coverage of the game.
Of course a much better TT bike racing experience than Tourist Trophy by most likely much better than Jester and Grand Tourismo 7 already exists. The TT Isle of Man Moutain course add-0n for the gp500 pc game.
Aracde physics? I'd rather play something better myself..
Yes, F1 2015 will be on PC. Codemasters announced it on their Facebook page.
Hopefully the "Next Gen" F1 2015 game will also be on PC and not just a console exclusive! Great news that they're releasing new games earlier in the season now!
Agreed! Cant wait until november. By the way in the 5th video of 9 "PCars UI: SOLO" i noticed theyre using a tune that was in GTR 2
Its a shame that they're shutting down but it should mean that Raceroom improves as in my opinion its lagging behind the other main sims (surely this must be the main cause for their bankruptcy?) The game has potential and an acceptable amount of content to buy, however I think the prices for individual cars and tracks is a little steep considering the quality of them compared to Assetto Corsa...