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Drift Stage is a modern take on the classic arcade racer.
Drift Stage is a modern take on the classic arcade racer.
Drift Stage is a modern take on the classic arcade racer.
2,650 backers pledged $57,720 to help bring this project to life.

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Drift Stage is a modern take on the classic arcade racer. Paying homage to the eras that birthed the genre, Drift Stage features a unique art style, blending pixel art and 3D models to create a colorful and vibrant world to race in.  Focusing on easy to pick up gameplay with enough depth to keep dedicated race fans satisfied, Drift Stage hopes to bring back the blend of pure fun and challenge that was a staple of arcade classics.

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Update #3 - 100%! 1300 Backers! Let's celebrate with a new car and some Eurobeat.

Update #2 - Amazing Debut Weekend! Already at 75%. Thanks!

Update #1 - Thanks for an amazing first day! Answers to some FAQs.

Mechanics

Drifting is the key to victory in the world of Drift Stage. Races become duels of wits and technique, with the deciding factor often coming down to split second timing on the entry or exit of the turn. Featuring an original drifting style inspired by games like Outrun 2, Ridge Racer, and Daytona USA, Drift Stage can make for both fun casual racing and intense second shaving battles.

Modes

Building on the classic modes everyone has come to know and love, Drift Stage plans to include multiple new game types utilizing modern game design techniques, such as an infinite drift mode incorporating a procedurally generated course with checkpoints, as well as a decal system, allowing you to personalize your car with custom images.

  • Single Race
    A conventional single player race against AI opponents.
  • Time Trial
    Race against staff ghosts and your personal best as well as your friends' best online leaderboard times.
  • Infinite Drift
    Checkpoint style races on a randomly generated track.
  • Daily Challenges
    Challenge your friends in a time/score based daily challenge.
  • Career Mode
    Choose your racer and follow their story across multiple races.
  • Workshop
    Create custom tracks in an in-game editor and customize your cars with decals.
  • Local & Online Multiplayer
    Drift Stage features local split screen up to four players, just like the old days, in addition to online racing.

In order to gain feedback and be as transparent as possible about our intended direction for Drift Stage, we've released a short teaser demo of the current alpha build of the game. While still very much a work in progress, we felt it was very important for people get a chance to see and play the game before we launched a Kickstarter campaign.

If you would like to try the demo yourself, it's available as a free download right here.

Kotaku:
"Drift Stage continues to be the coolest racer we've seen in ages."

Rock Paper Shotgun:
"...easily learned but with plenty of tiny tweaks to shave milliseconds...
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Super Best Friends Play:
"YO...THIS FEELS SUPER GOOD"

The Verge:
"The pastels and pixels of the indie title evoke a simpler time when Don Johnson looked good in white linen pants"

Road & Track:
"Drift Stage is like Pole Position crossed with Formula Drift"

Engadget:
"The simple 3D models and pixelated textures look sort of like Out Run and Miami Vice had a child then fed it acid"

Drift Stage is targeting all major operating systems for its initial release and will be available through Steam thanks to the overwhelming support of our followers on Steam Greenlight!

Drift Stage will feature a healthy roster of colorful performance cars inspired by the 70s, 80s, and 90s. We won't reveal the final number yet, but here's a preview of the currently revealed cars.

THE BULLDOG
Rumored to have been commissioned by a European intelligence agency, this car excels at high speed handling.

THE STALLONI
Style, class, and performance. This car favors handling and balance over raw power, but at a high price.

THE TEDESCO
Built for endurance racing, this car combines brute force with pure adrenaline.

THE KEIZAI
The choice of tuners, this small, affordable car offers an easy to control, light weight chassis that can out pace cars twice its cost.

THE GT TURBO
A high performance machine purpose built for the Japanese highway, this car is packed with the latest advancements in engine design.

THE ZX-78
Designed by an ex-military engineer, the ZX-78 utilizes classified air force technology, resulting in the destruction of all but one prototype.

Hey what's up? It's MYRONE. I'll be handling the music for Drift Stage. I'm about halfway through composing the soft shreddiest soundtrack ever created for a video game. We're going to go on an aural journey together when Drift Stage comes out, but here's a sampler that you can stream RIGHT NOW:

  • Chase Pettit (@chasepettit) - Programmer / Designer - The code monkey of the crew. He's spent a lot of time playing games and being a professional programmer. He's also spent some time driving a car but most of it in a straight line while obeying all traffic laws.
  • Charles Blanchard (@delkoduck- Artist / Designer - He might be the youngest member of the team, but he's already developed a confident and consistent style all his own.  Has an obsession with car photos and anime GIFs that he insists is perfectly healthy.
  • Hugh Myrone (@hughmyrone) - Music / Sound - Self-proclaimed master of #softshred hailing from Hollywood. Listen to his stuff and you'll probably agree with his assessment.

$10  - THE PLAYER - ONE (1) DIGITAL COPY OF THE GAME for PC/Mac/Linux (DRM-Free Download + Steam Key) + BACKER FORUM ACCESS + NAME IN BACKER CREDITS

$15 - THE TESTER - EARLY ACCESS BETA BUILDS + DIGITAL GAME MANUAL + BETA BACKER FORUM ACCESS + All Previous Reward Tiers

$25 - THE GROUPIE - FULL SOUNDTRACK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + All Previous Reward Tiers

$40 - THE COLLECTOR - BACKER EXCLUSIVE VINYL STICKER SHEET & WINDOW DECAL + All Previous Reward Tiers (Add $5 for shipping outside of US)

$70 - THE SHOWOFF - BACKER EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT + All Previous Reward Tiers (Add $15 for shipping outside of US)

$500 - THE SPONSOR - PERSONALIZED IN-GAME BILLBOARD + All Previous Reward Tiers

We at Super Systems feel that Kickstarter is the best avenue to not only allow fans of the game a secure way to contribute towards the project, but also to fund and receive exclusive Drift Stage merch that wouldn't otherwise be possible.

Risks and challenges

Every technical and artistic endeavor is going to be subject to some bumps in the road, and history shows that video game development can be especially wrought with unexpected difficulties. We're a small team that's trying to make a rather ambitious project, but we're extremely passionate and dedicated to realizing our vision.

We're confident in our schedule and budget, but there's no denying that our estimates are still just that - estimates. We've put a lot of time and energy into developing, researching, and planning this project, but if issues arise, we promise to be as transparent as possible with letting you know what they are and how we're addressing them. If you're going to trust us with your money, we owe it to you to be open and honest about what we're doing with it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch through Twitter or e-mail.

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