Road Rash has been long overdue a remake, if you ask me. After all, the vehiclar combat genre has recently had a new lease of life, with last year’s Twisted Metal reboot proving popular and Carmageddon’s successful Kickstarter campaign which will see the controversial car combat series make a comeback later this year.
While not an official remake (EA currently hold the rights to the license but is apparently pondering the idea of officially resurrecting Road Rash, as is its original creator Dan Geisler via Kickstarter), the newly-announced Road Redemption could easily be easily be passed as a spirtual successor.
Indeed, all of the elements that made Road Rash such a hit seem to be in place. A ‘complex combat system’ is promised based on counters and parries with access to a variety of weapons to batter your biking opponents, including chains, lead pipes, sledge hammers and, of course, the traditional trusty baseball bat. Firearms also add a new dimension, although they won’t be too prominent as ammo is said to be scarce. Besides, kicking your rival into the path of an oncoming truck seems to be just as effective.
Furthermore, the developers insist that Road Redemption will mark a return to the challenging days of the Road Rash era that rewards out-and-out skill, so don’t expect an easy ride. Auto-aim will not be an option for example with the gun-play, so riding shotgun with your opponent whilst weaving through traffic and dodging attacks will be as difficult as it sounds.
There will be a narrative driving the gameplay, too. Think along the lines of GTA’s Lost and Damned, whereby you play the role of a felon on parole rising the ranks of a notorious biking gang, with tensions flaring as some of the members inevitably double cross each other. Interestingly, multiple outcomes are planned depending on your actions in the game.
As for missions, the single player will contain a promising variety of mission types, ranging from combat races, police pursuits and assassination attempts, to truck convoy assaults and rooftop chases. Many of these mission types will also be available in online multiplayer, along with free-for-all and team-based missions.
An early video has also surfaced, and while it currently looks a little rough around the edges in its alpha state, the gameplay should look very familiar and appealing to Road Rash veterans:
Developer DarkSeas Games, an ensemble team comprising of employees from Sega, Sony, Bioware, Gameloft, Tequila Works, Disney Interactive, 2K Sports, EA, and Lucasarts, has just started up a Kickstarter campaign for the project, with the aim to raise $160,000 in order to release Road Redemption in July 2014 on PC, Mac and Linux. Like Carmageddon, if the project gains enough funding then there could also be plans to port it to consoles including Xbox 360, Wii U and even PS4 at a later date. At the time of writing, the campaign has gained $24,359 with 28 days still to go.
Road Redemption certainly sounds promising in its ambition to revitalise the abandoned bike-combat genre, and certainly has our backing. You can show your support for the project by visiting their Kickstarter page.