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A racing game inspired by the great arcade racers of the 90's. Updated!
A racing game inspired by the great arcade racers of the 90's. Updated!
700 backers pledged £16,039 to help bring this project to life.

'90s Arcade Racer and Nailing Every Part of the Game


We've have been quite for a while on the '90s Arcade Racer front and there are a few (good) reasons why.

First, the game has taken on a life of itself and we really want to get it just right. Yes, there are a number of racing games coming, but none have really taken on the idea of reviving an era that we both love and find the most appealing in the genre. To be more specific, we've found that as we continue to polish the game, its visual style, a physics model we're happy with, everything else needs to be powered-up so to speak.

We know we have something special with '90s and we want it all to be special, every. single. part. of. the. game! With that said, we've secretly been trying to get some of the best talent for basically every aspect of development, even if it means we need more time .

One of the aspects of the game we really haven't spoken much about, but have put a lot of time and effort into getting just right is audio. Neither of us are audio experts so to speak, but we have found one!

The engine work and accompanying game sound effects are going to be handled by Stafford Bawler. That name probably means nothing to you, but it should! He's working on everything from Dirt, GRiD and Forza to Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing. He's that good. We're already working with him to create some really amazing, authentic and very dynamic sounds that you'll hear in the finished product.

You can follow Stafford on Twitter: @StaffordBawler

The other area we haven't talked much about is music. We've received so many requests to enlist Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (famous for Daytona USA). But, unfortunately for us, he's still employed by SEGA. However, we do know a number of really amazing musicians who have taken on the cause of '90s Arcade Racer.

We're taking a different approach to '90s Arcade Racer and treating the soundtrack like a compilation of great music from great musicians. Each artist will be giving his or her take on what they feel the '90s sounded like and we'll announce each them as we progress through the final development of the game and near release. By the way, if you can convince Takenobu to do a track for '90s Arcade Racer, we're all for it!

We'll be announcing the first musician in the next couple of weeks with a tiny sample of his track.

As a reminder for anyone who hasn't followed our updates recently, our plans for '90s Arcade Racer were to launch on PC (via Steam) and Wii U and follow-up with mobile. However, given the prevalence of Unity 3D on PlayStation 4, PS Vita and Xbox One, you can be sure we're trying to find a way to get the game on those platforms as well. However, we'd like to get the game out for backers on PC and players on Wii U first--you've been patiently waiting and we do want to give you the ride of your life.

Thanks for everything!


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    1. John Blythe on

      Sounds good mate, progress is progress. I can't wait for the PC and/or Wii U version myself :) Mario Kart 8 AND The 90's Arcade Racer on one system oh f*cking yeah! :)

    2. Jens Restemeier on

      I'd love to see a new trailer or more screenshots!

    3. William O'Meallain

      Is there going to be an opportunity to "upgrade" our pledge to a physical copy? Not too keen on downloading through steam...sorry, young guys, but I'm an old fogy what likes to have the THING in his hands.

    4. Anthony Miller on

      And with your latest update comes the 'waaah-waaahs'. I backed this project initially because it looked great, reminded me of 90's arcade racers and could potentially show up all these 3rd party devs who can't seem to recapture certain gameplay aspects.

      I had no intention of even playing it since it was only going to be on PC. But then it was revealed to be getting a Wii U release and my Gamepad holding hands clapped. The game will be done when it's done and it will be a surprise to download it from the Nintendo eShop (with the DDP offer).

      Don't let the 'waaah-waaah's get to you.

    5. Poppsy on

      You haven't forgot about us Mac users... right?
      I'm sure you've got musicians in mind, but can't let this opportunity pass without suggesting Mitch Murder . Feel he'd be a good fit.

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      Anders Hammar on

      Wait... Only via steam? Oh... Fuck this...

    7. Ben Copeland on

      nope ManicOuPas, I feel the same.

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      TheDriver79 on

      Finally, thank you for the update.
      All I read sounds fine so far but, there is still the same feeling I share with ManicOuPas. The first video shown to the backers - or potential backers - was already great and let me spent my money to support you. I also know, there is very little budget, but you promised a racing game with a given number of tracks and cars but it doesn't seem to happen.
      What is wrong? Why no new screenshots? Where is a real gameplay video?
      But you talk about a PS4 and Xbox One version already?

      I really hope to see some progress on screenshots or videos and some info about an appromiate release date.

      Don't get all this wrong. I give you all the time you need, but the few updates, the few new material isn't what people expect when they spent money up front.
      Maybe you can put The 90's Arcade Racer on Steam early access. Collect more money, show progress, release updates and make backers happy.

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      Neo on

      But there is no promises "demo" or "beta" in the tiers. :)

      Impossible to create a good racing game for JUST 1 YEAR!

      Relax man! Even if he had a small team - it's just impossible.

      Now look at this little budget - £16,039 - and tell me - is it possible to hire a team with this budget? NO. I'm satisfied with the progress. But I would love to see an updates a little more often. :)

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    11. Kevin Bell on

      Looking forward to the Wii U version and my logo on a car :)