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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.

WE DID IT!! Update Video, Stretch Goals, PayPal, and Tons More!

Posted by Refract Studios (Creator)

Wow, we can't believe that we get to say this, but with 2 days to go we've hit our goal of $125k and we're now over $132k!! Honestly it’s incredible for us, just last week we weren't sure if we were even going to make and now we’re doing our best to keep up with everything and release some stretch goals!

This isn't just a win for our team alone though, this is a win for all of us. Not only are you allowing us to make the game of our dreams, you're enabling a brand new studio to be fully independent right out of the gate and have complete creative control over our IP. It's unbelievable, and by backing, spreading the word, and fighting until now, you've made our dreams come true. Now we'll have to thank you by making the best game we possibly can! Here's a quick video we just put together to talk about everything:

Stretch Goals

As many of you have noticed, there's now a stretch goal image on the Kickstarter front page! We've come up with a few goals to push for in these final couple days, and first up is a full Replay and Spectator Mode. While we already planned on supporting ghost replays on the level Nitronic Rush supported, this system would allow you to have:

  • Loading/saving of replays
  • Many different camera angles including cinematic modes
  • Free camera
  • Fast forward/rewind/play/pause
  • Slow motion

PayPal Support

Throughout this campaign many asked for PayPal support, so after much work Jordan finally got it up today! If you know anyone who wants to back Distance but needs PayPal please let them know that they have this option now. If you've already backed via Kickstarter, please don't switch over to PayPal if at all possible since that might risk lowering our total funds raised on Kickstarter. Also note that the PayPal funds do count towards the stretch goals.

You can use the PayPal site we've set up here:

Live Stream

We're going to be doing a live stream of the finale of this Kickstarter on Friday, Nov 16th, at 4pm - 7pm PST / 7pm - 10pm EST / 12am - 3am GMT, to celebrate it with everyone! At that time will redirect to the live stream. It should be fun and feel free to join us for those final moments!

Press Round Up

Press has been rolling in over the past couple days and here's the round up:


Let's keep up the momentum for the last 2 days and see if we can hit the stretch goals! This time we're also including the Distance Steam Greenlight page since we're #38 and still haven't been Greenlit just yet. Make sure to vote "Yes" on Greenlight if you haven't already!

Thank you so much for helping us survive the distance! We can't thank you all enough!

- Kyle, Jordan, Jason


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    1. Cesar Gonzalez on

      Congratulations and hopefully your game gets greenlight on STEAM. Anyhow congrats for making it onto polishing the game.

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      Remi D. Finjord on

      @Kristian: I am sure it would look great on the Oculus Rift without a cockpit view too, and would probably be too hard to control in cockpit view anyway. Either way I'm all for Rift support if it is easy enough to add! (which I am quite sure it is) :D

    3. Mr_FJ on

      I'm guessing the paypal "donations" will count towards the stretch goals?

    4. Christopher "DarkWolfNine" Muzatko

      Gratz guys (and every backer) I'm glad to support this game. And while I think that $20 additional to my $15 (for the game itself) is a huge amount to get my kickstarter car, maybe you might consider it as an add-on item for those not needing/wanting the soundtrack and extras. I think you would get more pledges dollars of people upping their pledge by x dollars to add the KS vehicle on their current pledge ($5 at most. For a model/skin is car my idea as to a reasonable cost since you are modeling/skinning it already for pledgers). Maybe even a stretch that includes it for every copy of the game purchased. Although you would want to offer an extra reward for all of those on tiers that currently include it to keep their extra pledge dollars worth it.) With the time remaining, an add-on idea might prove the most effective and least trouble on your end. I'm still really happy for you and all of us to making and exceeding the goal. I'm glad to see that future stretch goals will be to everyone's benefit. My two cents. Regardless, congrats! :)

    5. fzeroman on

      NiCE Bro's!!
      Also NiCE to see the retro systems in the background of the picture of you all smiling/grinning,Glad their are other retro bro's out there!!!!

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      xSJx on

      I was absolutely obsessed with rush 2049 on dreamcast, SO excited that you guys hit your goal.

    7. Anthony Ralston on

      Congrats!!! Glad everything is falling into place!

      Lots of unions in your office? ;)

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      Justin Kim on

      Cant wait for beta :D

    9. Kristan Alicesun on


      Quick question. The FAQ says you're going to look into supporting the Rift. Does that mean Distance will have a cockpit view?

    10. goom on

      congratulations! can't wait for the finished game!