Kickstarter Cancelled, Playable Demonstration Released
So, who other than me saw this coming? Next Car Game looks undeniably awesome, but a game must do more than just look awesome to succeed at Kickstarter nowadays. I explained why I had sincere doubts about the success of this campaign earlier, and my fears have now been proven right as the game's Kickstarter campaign has just been cancelled.
That does, however, not mean that the game itself is cancelled. As developer Bugbear Inc. have explained in the update released alongside the cancellation, there was clearly no hope to get the remaining $280.000 within the campaign's deadline.
"Although our Kickstarter campaign has attracted tremendous enthusiasm, during the last couple of weeks it's become obvious that we are not going to meet our goal. Because of this we have decided concentrate on our efforts on the pre-order campaign. "
Though that's pretty sad news, it is coupled with some very very good news. You see, the playable tech-demo that has been promised for a while, is now finally out and available for all who purchase the game on the developer's own website.
"As a thank-you to our faithful fans, we have decided to release a PLAYABLE technology sneak peek, and it's available RIGHT NOW to all our pre-order supporters. The sneak peek features a playground that we use internally to test various features various like car damage and environment destruction. The best thing about it is that you will get a chance to have fun and wreak havoc with an amazing 24 cars!
In the full game the action will take place on many locations, including a number of race tracks and derby arenas. We're also going to improve the gameplay and technology on many fronts such as car damage and handling, and our Early Access customers will get a chance to experience these improvements first-hand during the Early Access phase!"
Hell, if you hurry up you might even get the game at a reduced price. In case you're in doubt about how awesome Bugbear's racing games are, check out the teaser for the tech demo embedded above, and go ahead and buy yourself FlatOut Ultimate Carnage. It lives up to its name, trust me.