Car game with impressive damage physics hits Steam Early Access

"Next Car Game" from Flatout creator Bugbear Entertainment now available for $25; dev cautions that game features "nasty bugs."

Flatout creator Bugbear Entertainment today released its new racing game, currently titled "Next Car Game," through Steam Early Access. You can download the game today for $25. A special $35 Digital Deluxe version featuring a soundtrack, exclusive in-game race, and wallpapers is also available.

Next Car Game, like all other Early Access titles, is incomplete. The game is missing features and contains "nasty bugs," Bugbear said. But releasing the game in this state is an exciting proposition, the developer said, because it allows for the studio to incorporate fan feedback.

The game's arrival on Steam Early Access comes after Bugbear canceled the title's initial Kickstarter campaign in November, after it gathered just $81,000 of its $350,000 target.

One of the most compelling components of Next Car Game is its "true-to-life" damage physics system, which allow vehicles to break down in real-time and with great detail. In addition to demolition derbies, Next Car Game will feature traditional track races.

For more on Next Car Game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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mr_nee
mr_nee

reminds me of good old destruction derby

hammr25
hammr25

The game may have failed on Kickstarter but it now has over 20,000 backers and close to $600,000 from people buying the prealpha.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Through the whole video I was just thinking 'Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max Mad Max'

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

One day, there might just be one sleazy game developer that gives Early Access programs a bad, bad rep.

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

The game looks cool and I can't deny the base urge to get in there an start wrecking some stuff.  Digital demolition derby is fantasy fulfillment at its best.  That said, there is no way I'm paying $25 to fiddle with their half-done game.  They'd need something more compelling for me to bite off on that.

Dasim64
Dasim64

If this comes out they need to leave in the testing area that I've seen people playing around with on YouTube. It looks like more fun than the actual races. 

Auth
Auth

wow look how the table leg splinters. :(

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

OMG dudes, this is so awesome! Instead of actually hiring people to test a game, we now get to pay to do their jobs. What pretty world we live in.

Paul2004
Paul2004

25$ to beta test a game....are they serious ?. You want customer feedback sure but why the hell should they pay you to test your new game, to experience all the bugs ect ?. If customer feedback means so much to you then you should release it free, consider it a early demo with alot of "hidden surprises", that way you will get plenty of bug reports and feedback on features rather than the few who would pay for that "privilege"

ssj2los
ssj2los

Sooooooo...... another "pay to beta test" game.... Sorry but i should be paid to beta test a game for you, not the other way around. Just my opinion

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

lol i love the title, they should keep it. "Next Car Game". If the do a prequel, they could call all it "previous car game" and a sequel "soon to be car game"

stickybun
stickybun

Sweet. I remember seeing the demo for this. Very impressive.

j_kizi
j_kizi

Flatout: Ultimate carnage was one of my favorite racing games every. So much fun, can't wait to check this out

aborgraffiti
aborgraffiti

Beamng is looking to be better tbh. Mostly because of modders though.

leandrro
leandrro

im a big fan of racing games, flatout is so superior to forza 5 in every aspect and this looks like real next gen visuals, still nobody talks about it

hole2score
hole2score

Lol, the company is talking shit...there are no bugs in their pre-alfa! 

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

The big Publishing companies hate Early Access... It's a threat to their archaic business models.

TheShadow153
TheShadow153

I remembered when I played destruction derby on ps1

mattcake
mattcake

I used to love Demolition Derby on the PC, nothing else seemed to be as much fun as the original.

steve_esquire
steve_esquire

That's definitely one of the most disappointing thing with every Forza (and GT) release. The damage in those games is pathetic.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Early Access allows developers that extra freedom from Publishers like EA, with their ridiculous demands. I'm all for it.

Look at SimCity. EA with their DRM demands ruined what could have been an epic game. To this day Peter Moore of EA still denies that it was done for DRM purposes, even though Maxis (the developer) said early on that the game should have had an offline mode.

scout7
scout7

@Gelugon_baatIt's call StarForge.  The developers aren't sleazy, but they are very inexperienced young developers who got a windfall of money with good trailers.

rarson
rarson

@jimrhurst 

You're not paying $25 to fiddle with their half-done game, you're paying $25 for the game and getting to fiddle with it before it's released.

I don't normally support paying for unfinished games either, but I'm a huge fan of Bugbear's games (for the most part) and already tried the free demo, so I knew I wanted it and I wanted to support them. But I already bought early access a month ago.

hystavito
hystavito

@Dasim64 I bought into it, it's fun to mess around with for a bit but can get old pretty fast.  I think what would be cool if they could offer it fairly soon would be a very simple editor just for that testing area.

hammr25
hammr25

@xsonicchaos I've purchased many games at retail from big publishers where I felt like I was just paying to be a beta tester.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

@xsonicchaos Yeah, what a shame they dont hire publishers that just increase the price to make a game even shittier

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

@Paul2004 This would make it a lot harder for them to take the money and run...  They don't need customer feedback, they need cash money.  Otherwise they would fix the "nasty bugs" before a paying customer ever sees the game.

rarson
rarson

@ssj2los 

I completely agree with you, except I love Bugbear's racing games and was itching to try anything from them. I also trust them enough to actually release a finished product after taking my money, and I wanted to support them.

I actually bought this game at least a month ago from their website, and at the time all they had available was a demonstration area. A bunch of car crushers and stuff. Pretty cool. Then a couple weeks ago, they released another demo that actually had a real level in it. Now we're starting to get an actual game.

I understand if that's not your thing. It's not really my thing, either. But what can I say, I loved FlatOut and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this game.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

@ssj2los ummm nobody is forcing you to buy it, and nobody at any point says that this is a full product. I would love to see you comment on a game that you really liked that said "preorder to gain access to beta !!" because i bet you would be excited/praising it 

hystavito
hystavito

@aborgraffiti I have both as well, and my take is that Next Car Game has more advanced destruction with much more arcade-y driving and overall feel/style.  It's definitely going more for the broader appeal fun, and aiming to be a "game" in the more traditional sense.


BeamNG is certainly more like a simulator and although the destruction might not be as detailed, overall I think it's going to be much more realistic.  It probably won't end up as a traditional "game", but something like an accessible engine for people (such as modders like you say) to create games out of.  The obvious similar example is Rigs of Rods, though I think BeamNG will end up with a lot more game-like content.


I think from the start of Next Car Game, it was pretty obvious that it's going to be the winner in terms of how most gamers will feel.  I can imagine myself having a lot of fun with Next Car Game, but long term BeamNG will probably keep me coming back occasionally to check out new content, again probably mostly from modders.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@aborgraffiti I have both, and honeslty each is good in it's own way.  I like the physics better in BeamNG drive, but the racing and whatnot is good in Next Car game.  Of course right now the driving is rather harsh for beamng but it's in really rough alpha stage at the moment where I think Next Car Game is in beta?  I have to double check on that to be 100% sure but.

stickybun
stickybun

@leandrro LOL what? Flatout was fun... but nowhere near Forza 5. Plus Flatout is arcadey and Forza5 is attempting to be more sim.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

@GSGuy321 I think they love it.  Releasing games with "nasty bugs", no matter what the context, is great for the competition.  I'm curious as to what part of the big publishing model is archaic that Early Access program is improving on?

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@GSGuy321 And what I say is, too friggin bad, some of these archaic companies needed to die off years ago *eyeballs EA, Activision/blizzard, Crapcom, to name a few*.

DARKCHOAS
DARKCHOAS

@TheShadow153 I remember linking up two PS1s with the iLink to play this game with a friend. 

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@scout7

Oh yeah, that game with the "Alpha Access" package.

However, I wouldn't say that one is a big doozy - I am waiting for the one that squandered dozens of millions.

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

@rarson@jimrhurstI suppose its more akin to a kickstarter than to a more traditional pre-order or purchase.  Still, somehow it _feels_ different even though its fundamentally similar.  Maybe because I feel like a crowd-funded game won't exist without my funding.  In this case I feel confident that a game this far done will go ahead and get to release, so my commitment is less?


If you're a big fan of their product then I get it.  Its no different than a pre-order and a chance to contribute to the game.  I'm just not in that camp for this one.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@MW2ismygame

How is the price a reflection of quality? I am trully aware that the most overpriced gadgets and games are in reality much cheaper than what we actually pay, but that is even more proof that the price of a product has nothing to do with its quality.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

@jakesnakeel @Paul2004 and on top of that steam is pretty good at protecting their customers, if they get shafted they are most always on the customers side, see War z 

ssj2los
ssj2los

@rarson @ssj2los Hey to each their own. I'm just tired of things like BF4 happening, F2P, and DLCs. We have to speak with our wallets

ssj2los
ssj2los

@MW2ismygame @ssj2los hmm na, that was never a selling point for me. If I preorder a game its becuz I i was going to buy it at launch anyway. Whatever "bonuses" they try to entice ppl with to preorder doesnt intrigue me. I dont buy DLCs nor spend money on microtransactions, let alone BUY a beta. I tend to speak with my wallet since that's the only language publisher understand. But retards will buy whatever and thats what keeps publishers doing what they do. Enjoy ur beta.

rarson
rarson

@sanchango

"Next Car Game, Too"

"Next Car Game, Again"

"Next Car Game, But Newer"

rarson
rarson

@nyran125tk

Race 07, like all Simbin racers, is a piece of shit. One of the worst racing games on PC.

hammr25
hammr25

@jakesnakeel@GSGuy321It offers little to the consumers other than they might get some games which publishers would have said no to.  It's much better for developers because they can keep the rights to their game engines and series and not have to share the money with a publisher.


The games doesn't actually have any nasty bugs in it.  It is however very very incomplete at the moment.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@rarson @nyran125tk  @rarson @nyran125tk depends on what you want. If you want just flat out actual realistic racing, its awesome. 


If you want to just have awesome graphics and lots of collision physics, then your right, its not for you. 


But if you are into wall to wall actual racing (that the aim is to NOT crash and race perfectly) a simulated 20-30 laps with replays of 30+ cars on track, from any angle and any car and wall to wall racing with 100% ai, thats tough as hell. Then its amazing.


Depends on what you want. I have over 100 tracks for race 07 ( that destroys the amount of content you get in Forza,) thats including every V8 Supercars track not just Bathurst. from Minis, to F3000 and world Formula open wheel and 4 seasons of WTCC, all the DTM's plus the V8 Supercar championship. So you can race full 13-19 track seasons and create your own championships to. Then its amazing.


But if you just want to select a bunch of pretty random cars and race round single tracks over and over and over and over, i guess Forza is better, its nicer graphically. But i prefer racing seasons and games on console apart from F1, just dont do it for me. I like to race full championships in V8 Supercars, not just bathurst. 


Maybe if Forza had the entire track line up of V8 Supercars and WTCC calenders adn all F1 tracks to , id give it a bit more respect. but it doesnt. It has 12 tracks. Seriously. thats so limited.