FlatOut dev's destruction-themed racing game hits Kickstarter

Bugbear Entertainment launches supplemental crowdfunding campaign for "AAA quality" title asking for $350,000.

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FlatOut and Ridge Racer: Unbounded developer Bugbear Entertainment has launched a supplemental Kickstarter campaign for its new "AAA quality" demolition derby-themed racing game, currently in development under the working title Next Car Game.

Next Car Game has already been greenlit on Steam Greenlight and preorders for the game were previously available on the game's website, though it is unclear how much that effort brought in.

The Kickstarter campaign for Next Car Game went live today and asks for $350,000 in funding by December 1. At press time, funding stands at $1,506 from 18 backers.

Next Car Game is currently in development for PC, though if funding hits $1.5 million, the game will be released for both or either Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Backers will decide, Bugbear said.

The game features "sophisticated" driving mechanics and "in-depth" vehicle upgrading. Demolition derby courses, as well as traditional track races, are included.

"The publishers are telling us that there is no market for this kind of game; this raw racing game that we want to deliver," Bugbear said. "But we've been talking to fans, and we hear your message: the publishers don't know how it is. There is a market for this game."

Next Car Game is scheduled to be released in spring 2014, though a Steam Early Access version will be available for supporters ahead of time.

Discussion

39 comments
SteelCurtainX
SteelCurtainX

Is this the answer to end of the Burnout series? I surely hope so.  I don't know about anyone else out there but I really feel like this genre is in desperate need of revival. I wish for the best Bugbear Entertainment if you happen to be scanning articles like this.  

blackace
blackace

The original FlatOut was decent, but the sequel wasn't the greatest. Not sure about this. I'll keep an eye on it.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Looks fun, but 350000 doesn't make a next-gen AAA car game. So I'm not sure about this.

divyeshk1
divyeshk1

i just was about to pick gas guzzlers extreme....

Nightdragonist
Nightdragonist

I really like the first Flatout, love that Demolition mode.

I hope that they can keep up the good work.

And GS, seriously? You have ads popups now? wow.... F*** that. Your website is messed up already and now you add an ads? I can't event open this dang website with the popups blocking it

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

I'm glad that Bugbear's taking care of this one. The "Flatout" that Team6 conjured up was a disaster.

synsoshe
synsoshe

is there a song name. and i would pick this game up if i had money

bmart970
bmart970

That is a sweet damage model.

streetlamppost
streetlamppost

oh dear...

after BeamNG's sexy softbody physic now this?

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

Every publisher that said there's no market for this kind of game deserves a fist in the brain.

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

FlatOut is fantastic. Has its place in the industry and deserves more attention that it's getting. Sucks to hear that the developers have fallen so hard that they've turned to Kickstarter.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

i already support this on the website a while back. May help out again cos why the hell not. Im a strong believer in indie development and dont tend to support big aaa published games anymore. Take battlefield for example bf3 was a striped down version of bf2 and bf4 is not much different, and look at COD its more or less the same game each year. Indie development is where my support has been for years now. People who are passionate about making a game and not because some investor/publisher  tells them to....


Hope this makes it, i really want a new flatout type game from these guys.

rarson
rarson

Bugbear is awesome. FlatOut is a great series. Demolition derby game? Sign me up.

Majkic666
Majkic666

I dont know if i dare trust them.. loved their games but Flatout 3 was one of the worst games ever made 

sanechupp
sanechupp

This developer is awesome. The best racing is when you can slam into each other and get points or whatever for it. Flatout 2 was one of the best games of that generation.

Succumbus
Succumbus

This game reminds me of Destruction Derby.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I just can't say no to being able to rip vehicles to shreds in a game. Whenever I get a racing game my first thought is 'If I crash this car at top speed what will happen'?

KelboDelta
KelboDelta

leave that destruction intact, draw a street and a house, and you have your game!... Just kidding :D

trdrstv
trdrstv

If they announce a Wii U tier I'm in, if not then I'll pass.

PartyGavinParty
PartyGavinParty

Give me a next-gen car game with a "very" in depth vehicle customization feature, beautiful visuals/physics, and wacky/hilarious multiplayer games/challenges/mini-games and you got yourself a deal. Looks absolutely amazing so far. 

john_matrix_007
john_matrix_007

I'd donate an extra few dollars if it meant that BugBear could buy back the FlatOut license and name and make a great Flatout game to help us all get over the abomination that was Team6's FlatOut 3.

wookiegr
wookiegr

I want to see a next gen version of Full Auto.

kljohns2
kljohns2

Now I wanna play darts with a lifeless flailing body flying out of a car...

keviac
keviac

ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE DECIDED TO MAKE REAL CAR DESTRUCTION. whats with all these "sim" racing games with 0 destruction behind mild visual. its dumb, and im pumped for this

PAL360
PAL360

"there is no market for this kind of game"

Well, if it's good o'll get it. I loved Destruction Derby and Flatout games.

Triple_SFlame
Triple_SFlame

Tears... not getting a car game... until this bad boy comes out! !!

PetJel
PetJel

hm interesting. I loved Flatout 1 and 2, and Bugbear wasn't responsible for the shitty Flatout 3.

sgt_hunter
sgt_hunter

@rarson I thought it was called Destruction Derby... but anyway I agree, its really fun. 

Stiler
Stiler

@Majkic666 Bugbear didn't make Flatout 3,  This is their return to a new Flatout type of game without the Flatout IP, hence the kickstarter.

Nismology
Nismology

@Majkic666 Flatout 3 was NOTHING to do with Bugbear Entertainment! It was collateral damage from the flatout name being sold off to some crummy shovelware studio after Empire Interactive went bust!

snaketus
snaketus

@trdrstv It's finnish dev, so if there's going to be console version it will be Xbox version, which is sad. All finns can do is sell out to fucking Microsoft. Remedy ehemm I loved your games before they became Xbox exclusives.

At least Housemarque makes one shooter per console generation for PS. And fortunately this time around it will be new on instead of HD remake of an old Amiga game.

snaketus
snaketus

@PAL360 Me too, there's definitely market for this kind of game! It's too bad publishers don't have any sense these days, if it's not CoD or GTA it's not going to sell. Publishers are blinded by the success of those two ip's.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@PetJel Whew... For a moment there I thought this was about Ultimate Carnage, which was basically 2, but the third in the series. That game was epic. Let us all forget that Flatulent 3 Chaos & Poopsticks never happened.