It’s no secret that Kickstarter made several game series come out of the grave, and Carmageddon is one of those series that gamers from the 90s will certainly remember. The goal of this game is simple: hop in your car, race, and drive over pedestrians. And we’re not only talking about an optional mission here – running over pedestrians can actually help you win the game in Carmageddon. The game sparked plenty of controversy for its violent content when it was originally released in the 90s, but such content isn’t really a big deal in today’s world. So will Carmageddon be able to find enough originality to attract today’s gamers?
Well, part of the question is already answered because Carmageddon: Reincarnation gathered as much as $625,000 when it was originally announced as a Kickstarter project. However, things got kicked into high gear this month when it received a $3,5 million dollars donation through a source close to the company that now allows it to target next-generation consoles such as the PS4. The above video shows work done on the original Kickstarter project for PC, and as you can see, the result is already quite impressive and gives us an idea of just what this developing team can do. This work in progress sneak peak shows the same fast-paced and high FPS (frame-per-second) action like the latest Twisted Metal, and that’s good news. Then, we must think that this is likely to be turned up even more for the next-generation version because the quality of the original kickstarter project won’t be enough to please the PS4 fans. So with the game now for next-generation consoles, it’s safe to say that it will now go under a graphical makeover to deliver a more convincing experience. Maybe, just maybe, the animations can make us appreciate running over people again. Or maybe it will once again be the multiplayer aspect that will allow Carmageddon to shine. Stainless Games were one of the first companies to introduce good LAN play and have a great history when it comes to multiplayer features.
So in today’s world inhabited by games such as Grand Theft Auto, will Carmageddon: Reincarnation be able to have the same effect as it did in the 90s? Does running over pedestrians sound boring now since you can do that and so much more in today’s games? Looking at it from this angle, the game might not have a lot going for it when it comes to making it a huge mainstream success, but things look brighter on the development side: the game has sufficient funding, the right people are in complete charge of it and there’s already the confirmation of a sizeable community to sustain its multiplayer aspect. We’ve seen plenty of great game ideas go to waste because of the team and company backing it took more interest in pleasing its shareholders than its players, but I doubt that’s the case with Stainless Games. For me, the question mark mainly lies in whether the game can go beyond its retro attractiveness to please today’s gamers.
With this new funding announcement, we should probably also take the former release dates with a grain of salt until further clarification and we look forward to seeing how the company will interact with its kickstarter base after this new change. In any case, the kickstarter funders will get what they wanted, a new Carmageddon title, but it’s still up for debate whether they should get substantial rewards once the new PS4 version is released. Anyhow, Stainless Games looks to be a company that cares about its fanbase so there’s no doubt that these dedicated fans will have something special to put their hands on. Stay tuned to this page for any updates concerning Carmageddon: Reincarnation.
Ongoing official website updates
There hasn’t been any major update for Carmaggedon Reincarnation in the mainstream media, but the official website has truly grown in proportions since the announcement of the game’s comeback. Stainless is definitely giving their fans and kickstarter collaborators clear updates and proof that their money isn’t going down the drain. The website contains photos, concepts, work in progress… visiting is like being part of the dev team truly! The following content is now known to be in the game, and as fans will notice there’s both old and new in there:
Stig O'Sore - Volkswerker
Don Dumpster - The Plow
Kutter - Countslash
Max Damage - Red Eagle
Val Hella - Cleaver
Screwie Lewie - Twister
Heinz Faust - King Merc
Psycho Pitbull - Towmeister
The Terrible Twins - Siamese Dream
Then, there are specific mentions concerning pedestrians which will be “a varied mix of adult pedestrians of all ages, shapes, persuasions and species” for your bumping pleasure, and information about Power-Ups confirming the return of "Repulsificators, Kangaroos & Solid Granites" as well as the inclusion of some brand new ones.
Finally, the developer blog is full of insider thoughts and information about ideas that might or might not see the light of day! If you thought there was nothing new about Carmageddon: Reincarnation, you were truly wrong!
Game Category: Indie
Article by - Marc-André Messier
Insert Date: 03/30/2013