Whilst us gamers are constantly being exposed to the industry’s latest manifestations of popular games’ series, it is rare that we witness the reincarnation of classic games from times past – but could a move by Stainless Games be about to change that?
According to reports, the game developer has begun a project aimed at raising the capital to re-release its popular classic from the 90s: Carmageddon.
The company aims to raise a quarter of a million pounds for the project using crowd-funding site Kickstarter, but what are the chances of us seeing a remake of this iconic game?
Selling over 2 million copies, the overt violence of Carmageddon was something which caused much controversy and secured its place in our hearts.
The general premise of the game followed a now-familiar route of violent racing. Players were awarded bonus points for running over pedestrians (inspiration no doubt taken from the iconic 1975 film Death Race 2000), with action-replay available in what was an innovative and groundbreaking feature at the time.
To many, Carmageddon was one of the pioneers of this genre, featuring alongside other popular titles such as Road Rash and the original Grand Theft Auto – which has gone on to spawn numerous titles with the release of GTA 5 planned for this year.
What are the odds?
With such a strong history, it’s no wonder that Stainless Games is contemplating a remake – but how much of this is grounded in reality and how much is pure pipe-dream?
According to Neil Barden, one of the firm’s co-founders, a prototype has already been produced and a title for the re-release (Carmageddon: Reincarnation) has been set – giving us plenty of hope.
Speaking about the new game, Barden offered strong assurances, confidently stating:
“The new game is going to be like Carmageddon 1 and 2 but not 3, we’re happy to confirm that!”
This reference to the third game of the original series (which was released by games publisher SCi, who owned the rights, but was not affiliated with Stainless Games) is sure to gain support with fans, after the game’s poor reception in 2000.
Of the eight developers who worked on the original game, five are involved in the project – giving gamers high expectations for the proposed reincarnation.
Of course, only time will tell if we’ll get this long-awaited sequel and, with £250,000 of investment to find in a world plagued by economic difficulties, Stainless Games still has a long way to go.
But with a strong team of confident developers behind the project and an enthusiastic fan-base, we’d say the odds were fairly high – and quite frankly, we can’t wait!