The original Carmageddon PC games, developed by Stainless Games
, were extremely popular. Players raced against the clock (and a number of AI competitors) over a variety of environments. More time could be gained by damaging the other cars or by running over pedestrians - bonuses were also awarded for doing these things with style. Unlike other racing games, not only could you finish the race by completing a set number of laps, you could finish it by wrecking all of the other cars or by killing all of the pedestrians on a level.
Those of you who are too young to remember these games may want to take a short drive down memory lane, with the game's mascot, Mr. Maximilian Damage Esq.
Even though the first game is nearly 15 years old, players still remember the game with fondness. So much so, that when the Carmageddon website timer ended yesterday, the servers couldn't cope with the demand. This was much to the displeasure of Stainless' CEO Patrick Buckland, who after "grabbing his car keys, a pair of handcuffs and some six inch nails, he then invited the IT guy to the car park..."
The whole point of the countdown timer was to announce that a new game, Carmageddon: Reincarnation
is now in early development for digital download. With Stainless Games' current track record with XBLA games, it is highly likely that the game will be appearing on this platform. Executive Director and Stainless co-founder Neil Barnden describes what fans can expect from the new game:
Carmageddon: Reincarnation will feature the same black humour and comic violence that made the original game such a success. All the laughs, the crazy power-ups, and extreme destruction will return. We will make sure the existing fans get what they want and expect from a Carmageddon game, and a new generation discovers the delights of sliding into a Cunning Stunt.
The only clue that I can provide about the look of the new game is this wallpaper that is available to download from the game's official website
is due to be released in 2012.