Bugbear funds Next Car Game development with early pre-orders

Remember FlatOut? The PC game combined car racing with carnage befitting a demolition derby, and it was quite a lot of fun. The franchise has spawned a few sequels since the first chapter debuted in 2004. Now, the original developers are working on a new version dubbed simply Next Car Game.

While Next Car Game isn’t a straight sequel, it’s built on the "full contact racing" that made the original lots of fun. It has what looks like a very robust physics engine, too. You can see the car crunching in action in the video below, which also serves as the pre-order pitch for developer Bugbear Entertainment.

Rather than taking to Kickstarter, Bugbear is topping up the million dollars it’s already invested in the game by launching a tiered pre-order campaign. Paying as little as $25 entitles you to the final version in addition to early preview builds. There are also several options to pay more if you want a copy of the soundtrack, custom wallpapers, and an exclusive vehicle. Bugbear will even put your name in the game if you shell out $50 or more.

The final version of Next Car Game is due in early spring 2014, so it’s not too far off. Bugbear expects the "early access" build to be available to pre-order customers by the end of the year. The developer has also pledged to release a "sneak peak" build once 10,000 people pre-order the game. That build is apparently representative of the current state of the game.

Bugbear isn’t the first developer to offer access to early builds in exchange for pre-order cash, and it probably won’t be the last. Kudos to game makers for finding unique ways to fund their products. Thanks to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for the tip, too.

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    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 6 years ago

    It was scary how good the original flat out was back in the day.

    • Shobai
    • 6 years ago

    Street Rod II is still one of my favourite car games. It was great to hear them mention that style of game as well!

    • ryko
    • 6 years ago

    completely loved flat out and can’t believe that it was almost 10 years ago it first came out. i will definitely check this out.

    • Forge
    • 6 years ago

    So when the Carmageddon reboot/sequel did the exact same thing a year ago, it wasn’t news, but this is?

    BTW, Carmageddon Reincarnation is now only a few months away from release, per the latest timeline.

    • Bensam123
    • 6 years ago

    Looks pretty cool. Those cars had a lot of love put into them as far as destructible points. They aren’t soft bodies, but they’re still done extremely well. I’m not a huge fan of racing games so I can’t speak if this will be a fun game or not from that standpoint. I think people would get pissy if their game is messed up by someone who just wants to wreak havoc, even if that’s the point.

    This actually reminds me a lot of Super Mario Kart…

    • nanoflower
    • 6 years ago

    It looks quite nice to be in a pre-alpha state. As you say they aren’t the FIRST to offer early access for cash but I do appreciate what they are doing. They have an idea of the kind of game they want to make and this seems to be the only way to make sure it stays that sort of game. This way they avoid the meddling by the publishers which seems to be a common complaint from many developers.

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