Carmageddon: Reincarnation Hits Steam Early Access March 27, Then Backs Up and Hits it Again


The original Carmageddon was one of the goriest, splashiest guilty pleasures of the 90s. The Death Race 2000-influenced game let a player act out their aggression by running down cows, pedestrians, hey, whole football teams? Why not?

Well, lots of people saw a reason why not, and when it was released in 1997 Carmageddon was an early violent video game controversy, earning a ban in some countries and being censored in others.

Carmageddon: Reincarnation, a modern Kickstarter funded reimagining of the series will be available on Steam Early Access as a pre-alpha March 27. Kickstarter backers for the game will get to try it two weeks earlier. And its developers promise the finished game will bring back the red stuff. According to a press release from Carmageddon: Reincarnation developer Stainless Games:

“It’s brilliant to see our demonic baby rise screaming from the grave,” said Patrick Buckland, co-founder and CEO of Stainless Games. “This time we could finally do the stuff that we wanted to do 17 years ago. More blood was the main thing. Rivers of livers – that’s what we wanted. Being publisher as well as developer means we get to be stupid. Properly, professionally stupid. And this game is stupider than Jupiter. I mean  really  silly – but in a good way. Nobody else makes games that make you cry with laughter – but we do. And did I mention the livers?”

But, hey, that was 17 years ago, and I just saw Lara Croft get her head impaled on a stake in hyper-real detail in the new Tomb Raider, so Carmageddon: Reincarnation  is going to have to bring something more than violence to stand out. Fortunately, the car combat in the pre-alpha video released today that I’ve embedded above looks pretty good, too.

Find out more about the game at its official site.

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