Racing games are fun, aren't they? Crashing is pretty great, too, isn't it? Making other
people crash headfirst in a shower of shredded metal and concrete rails is the best, yeah? Bugbear (the minds behind Flatout, Ridge Racer Unbound, and other over the top racers) thought so as well. This great demand is about to be supplied with the oddly straightforward title Next Car Game (Name subject to change, hopefully).
How about some non promotional pictures?
Okay, how about some of these?
Still lookin' pretty good, eh?
Giant Bomb even inaugurated their Unfinished Quick Looks with it. Check it out here.
The game has had Early Access options open for a while, and showed up on Steam a week or so ago. Buying in gets you a rough version Bugbear calls prealpha on the loading screen. It consists of a destruction derby, a gravel race, tarmac race, along with an American muscle car, or European...something, I don't know, but its got character.
There are plans to include lots of modifications for the vehicles, but as of right now, there are simply tire options (standard, gravel, tarmac) and varying engine sizes. Purchasing and selling these upgrades is planned to use the classified ads of a newspaper, but it's not implemented.
The current state is singleplayer only, however multi is a bulletpoint in their feature list and something that would absolutely make this game, so expect it at some point. Expected 'feature complete' date is 2014, exact date to be determined later.
Buying into the Early Access also gives you the Sneak Peak 2.0. A completely separate download, this is a playground with various objects to drive along, run into, or park next to and let damage your vehicle into the ground to see the wonderful body damage and physics that give this game real potential.
Here is the entirety of my car after a round in just one of these gizmos.
I'm not kidding, that is all
of my vehicle, condensed. Magneto would be hard pressed to do better.
That video consists of the Technology Demo, which appears to be a free download if you sign up for the newsletter here.
It is largely the Sneak Peek 2.0 but with fewer toys. There is a giant stomping spider in 2.0 for instance.
Regularly priced at $30, it is $25 until the 29th. The sneak peek arena and few cars and races they give you now are tons of fun, and enough to decide if you will like the game or not.