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Distance has been released on Steam Early Access to great reviews! We'll continue to develop the game alongside our amazing backer community and aim to release the finished game on PC and PS4 when it's ready.
Distance has been released on Steam Early Access to great reviews! We'll continue to develop the game alongside our amazing backer community and aim to release the finished game on PC and PS4 when it's ready.
4,174 backers pledged $161,981 to help bring this project to life.

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All Physical Rewards Shipped, v1.11 Released

Posted by Refract Studios (Creator)

Hey everyone! This month our Steelbooks came in so we’ve shipped out all of the remaining physical rewards! Most people in the U.S. should have received their package by now, and international backers should receive theirs in the next few weeks.

It was quite a time-consuming process finalizing our physical boxes but I’m certainly satisfied with the end product. Once again, props to Eddie and Laura for their sweet box art and Galen for the DVD artwork. Each disc contains Windows/Mac/Linux installers for Distance v1.1, the MP3/FLAC soundtrack, and the PDF art book.

Each person in the $150+ tiers gets a backer shirt, a bonus shirt, an 18x24” poster, a glow-in-the-dark pin, a metallic pin, and Steelbook with DVD. For those backing at $250+ tiers your poster also includes signatures by all 12 members of the team.

Now that v1.0 has been released and all physical rewards have shipped our focus has shifted back towards wrapping up the PS4 version and doing minor updates for PC. In fact we just released v1.11 on PC which includes various improvements. Check out the changelog here.

Updates on Kickstarter will likely be fairly infrequent from here on out, but you can stay up to date with the latest news via Steam announcements. Our player community is also quite active on Discord so be sure to check out our official Discord server if you haven't already. There's some insane stuff happening in the editor, modding, and speedrunning channels.

Thanks again for your incredible patience and support throughout the development of Distance and the shipment of physical rewards. Both were endless learning experiences and we clearly wouldn’t have been to pull it off without your support right from the start!

- Jordan (with everyone at Refract)

Distance v1.1: The Nexus Update

Posted by Refract Studios (Creator)

Hi all, happy holidays from Refract! It’s been quite a busy time for us lately as we’ve been wrapping up something very special.

For our contribution to this year’s Distance Advent Calendar we released Distance v1.1: The Nexus Update! This is one of our biggest content releases yet with 12 new levels featuring 6 new music tracks and a new mini-campaign. Check out the trailer above!

v1.1 Changelog:

$150+ Physical Rewards

In this update I’d also like to touch on our remaining physical rewards. If you’re in the $70 to $100 tiers you should have received your package by now. For those in the $150+ tiers we have not yet sent out packages due to a delay in the physical box production.

Fortunately we now have a ship date for our Steelbooks and we hope to receive them soon. Took a couple proof iterations but I think visuals it came out great. Props to Laura and Eddie on the striking box art. See below for a preview of the exterior!

(final Steelbook proofs)

(posters signed by the Refract crew)

(physical reward boxes awaiting the incoming Steelbooks)

As soon as the Steelbooks arrive we’ll be sending out packages to $150+ tier backers as soon as possible!

Arcade Cabinet Delivery

Last month we finished up both of the $10,000 tier arcade cabinets and hand-delivered them to their new owners. Arcade cabinet #1 was (as some guessed) delivered to DigiPen Institute of Technology. You can check it out in their main lobby!

(Jason giving the cabinet a test run on site)

The owner of arcade cabinet #2 lives about 3,000 miles away from us in Seattle, so to ensure its safety Ellie and I drove the cabinet across the country ourselves. Turned out to be quite the intense adventure but was totally worth it to see it get there safe and sound. Also was a pleasure meeting Thomas, our other $10k backer, in person.

Aside from sending out the physical rewards we’ll be taking a short break from development and starting fresh after the holidays. See you in 2019!

- Jordan (with everyone at Refract)

Distance Soundtrack Is Now Available!

Posted by Refract Studios (Creator)


The Distance soundtrack is finally here! It features over 2.5 hours of original music from myself and The Quiggles, including extended tracks and a few bonus tracks, all remastered exclusively for this release!

If you already backed at the soundtrack tier or higher you can access your soundtrack and art book via your Humble Bundle library. Otherwise you can pick up the full soundtrack below. All 54 tracks are available in both MP3 and FLAC formats!

- Bandcamp:

- Humble Bundle:

- Steam:

- SoundCloud:

- YouTube:

If you have a favorite track on the soundtrack I'd love to hear which one it is. Let me know via Twitter!


New Distance Update (v1.01)

Today we're also releasing a small patch to address some issues in v1.0 as well as include some of the new music from the soundtrack. Yes, that includes Machine 17 and its fancy remix. Check out the changelog on Steam!

READ: Distance v1.01 Changelog

Up Next...

I was originally intending to release the OST alongside v1.0, but I clearly underestimated how long it would take to finish up extended tracks and clean up various issues in older tracks. Thanks for being patient while I recovered from the v1.0 launch and took time to wrap this up.

Now that we've all had some time to process the v1.0 launch we're hard at work on some cool new stuff for future updates. Stay tuned for more to come!

- Jordan (@torcht)

First wave of Kickstarter rewards shipped!

Posted by Refract Studios (Creator)

(first batch of packages that were shipped this week)

Hi, everyone!

We’ve shipped out the first batch of packages and those of you at the $70, $85, and $100 tiers will get your rewards soon (or have already received them)! To those in those tiers who haven’t received their package yet and want to track where it is, email me at and I’ll send you your tracking number.  

International backers (those who live outside of the US)

You’ll be receiving your USPS tracking number via email.  

$150+ tier backers

There has been a delay with the physical box that is out of our control and the boxes are still in production. They will be ready to go mid-November and we’ll ship everything out once we receive them. Thank you for your patience!   

What’s this weird stuff on my shirt?

Some of the shirts have a white residue on them -- don’t worry, though! It’s just a product of the printing and that’s how we received them. The residue will come off when you wash the shirt. :)  

Distance Soundtrack

As you might have noticed the soundtrack is not yet available and Jordan is doing his best to finish it up as soon as possible. He’s been posting updates on Twitter in the meantime and I believe it is close to completion. We'll post another update here once it's available for download.  

Arcade Cabinets


The Distance arcade cabinets are almost finished! Aside from a few small details Jordan just needs to finish the light programming and they’ll be ready to be shipped out.

Thank you all for your incredible support and patience along the way!

- Ellie

Distance v1.0 is Here!

Posted by Refract Studios (Creator)


It's finally here. 12 team members, 6.5 years of development, 4,174 Kickstarter backers, many many Steam Early Access players, dozens of patches, 2,500 workshop levels, 12 conventions, and probably around 10,000 cups of coffee have resulted in Distance v1.0!

Plenty of mixed emotions at Refract today as we say goodbye to Distance Beta and hello to v1.0. Something definitely feels strange about not seeing that beta watermark in the upper right corner.

Distance was our first project outside the safety net of academia and I think it's safe to say that for most of us at Refract it was an incredible (and intense) learning experience. While we did our best to stay true to what we outlined in our Kickstarter, this project has continually evolved due to our skills improving, our tastes expanding, and our players' continually fantastic feedback.

We have the most patient and supportive backers, and the coolest player community on Earth. Thank you for believing in us to create something new and interesting in the racing genre! Your continued energy, excitement, support, and thoughtful feedback have kept this project going strong.

Speaking of which, remember that community press release we mentioned? It's going out to reviewers and content creators today! Thank you to anyone who took time to contribute. Out of the hundreds of responses here are a few of the quotes we included in the release:

What Players Had to Say about the Distance Experience

  • “Distance is practically the only game to tell a mysterious story with a very deep plot through racing, adrenaline-filled survival racing that can actually induce emotions totally outside the genre.” -Mad Max
  • “No other game captures to feeling of high speed driving quite the way Distance does. Turning a game about driving into, essentially, a puzzle game is maddeningly brilliant” -Jacob Odom
  • “The atmosphere makes this game more than just about racing. Some of the environments can bring out a range of emotions from sadness to joyfulness.” -Deumfides

What Players Had to Say about Distance’s Gameplay

  • “Burnout-boosting down a glass and neon highway that flips upside down while you ceiling-ride past hell's own road works equipment through an impossible cyberpunk nightmare city to a pounding electronic soundtrack.” -Jonas Emmett
  • “It's a game where your car can jump onto walls after getting cut in half by a laser, but actually keep going. Like yeah find me another game that has that and I'll eat my jorts.” -Chris
  • “The racing game where the map itself is trying to kill you with saws and lasers.” -Aida

What Players Had to Say about Distance’s Community

  • “If the vision of the creators of Distance is the heart of this game, the community certainly is its blood.” -João Felipe Brandão Jatobá
  • “It's not just a game anymore, it's something personal. The community is genuine, and all very active. It's got this kind of vibrancy and life to it, that never quite goes away. It's been going on long before the game ever officially reached Alpha, with the creation of the gem Nitronic Rush. Even then people knew there was something going on. It's not just the sum of its' mechanics, but something more. This game is alive.” -Nicholas
  • “The game is packed with kinetic excitement that makes it an exhilarating game to watch or play, with hours of replayability due to one of the most in-depth mapmakers I've ever seen and oodles of fan-made racetracks at your fingertips.” -Lukas P-Stylianides

To access Distance v1.0 simply update your build on Steam, or download the latest DRM-free build from your Humble library. You can also access the art book right now from Humble!

The soundtrack will be available in your Humble library later today, and the backer car will be distributed by Steam DLC keys that we need to send to applicable backers. Today will be a long day of rolling things out and it's mostly down to me getting that stuff finalized so please be patient while I work through it all.

Physical rewards are also going really well with many packages days away from shipment. I'm planning to give another physical rewards update as soon as things cool down from the launch.

Also, on a personal note I have to mention that Boombox Mode and custom MP3 support are indeed temporarily unavailable in v1.0. This is due to a tech limitation when upgrading our audio backend before launch. I do plan to re-integrate these features as soon as I can, so thanks for your patience while I figure it out.

We are looking to v1.1 and beyond, but for now I think we're going to take a bit of a break. Thanks again to our Kickstarter backers and Early Access players for being a crucial part of this development. Also thanks to my amazing teammates for inspiring me daily and pushing me to be my best. We all can't wait to see what you think of v1.0!

- Jordan (@torcht)