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Carmageddon: Reincarnation is a brand new points-for-pedestrians driving game from the indie dev team behind the smash hit PC original.

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…Max Damage is back! Carmageddon: Reincarnation is going to reintroduce the gaming world to the original freeform driving sensation, where pedestrians (and cows) equal points and your opponents are a bunch of crazies in a twisted mix of automotive killing machines. It’s the racing game where racing is for wimps.

Originally released for the PC in 1997, Carmageddon was an instant hit thanks to its anarchic gameplay and over-the-top surreal comedy violence. Here’s what a sample of the gaming press thought:

“Carmageddon is visceral, violent, vehicular fun...” 
GameSpot 8.8 out of 10

 “Carmageddon, to get straight to the point, is one of the best computer games I've ever played… Carmageddon is God!” 
Duncan McDonald 95% Classic Award PC Zone Magazine May 1997

Carmageddon won the Game of the Year trophy in the 1997 PC Zone Reader awards. Carmageddon 1 & 2 were Driving Game of the Year 1997/1998.

“Carmageddon is one of those games that only come along once in a blue moon. An essential purchase.” 
Escape Magazine 6 out of 6

“The gameplay is spot on and anyone with a dark enough sense of humour should give it a go.” 
Computer Gaming World 4 out of 5

 “So next time you gun down coppers on GTA VI, just remember, Carmageddon’s controversy was there first, and you have a lot to thank it for.” RetroGarden

Back in 1997 a small, independent game studio called Stainless delivered its first PC game to an unsuspecting world. Rich in humour, bathed in gibs, and relishing its instant reputation as the poster child for everything that’s wrong with society (and therefore right in a videogame), the smash hit Carmageddon and its successors sold over two million copies worldwide. 

Of course the copyright and truck-loads of cash went to the EVIL publisher, but Stainless survives to this day, still independent, still kicking, and still releasing successful products. (Check out our other work and credentials at stainlessgames.com.)

After years of negotiation, the original founders of Stainless recently bought back ALL the rights to Carmageddon. So now it’s back in its rightful home, Stainless Games Inc., we’ve embarked on the journey that will reboot the brand, and we want YOU to join us on that journey.

Carmageddon featured real-world environments that had been turned into killing fields, where the locals stay out on the streets at their peril. As well as using your car as a weapon, every level was sprinkled generously with power-ups that had a vast variety of mad effects: gluing pedestrians to the ground or rendering them blind so they couldn't see you coming; turning your suspension to jelly or your car into solid granite; arming you with the awesome Pedestrian Electro-Bastard Ray or the Pedestrian Flame-thrower - and a whole lot more!

Carmageddon boasted a bunch of stand-out innovations: true 3D physics; dynamic car damage and repair; a feature-rich action replay system; and big, free roaming environments. Most of all, you were free to do what YOU wanted to, when YOU wanted to do it, however SILLY it might seem to anybody else.

With a host of crazed opponents and a wide variety of loopy locations, the single player game was a blast. And things got even more fun with the multiplayer games and the opportunity to send your friends to a fiery death.

Carmageddon: Reincarnation is a re-boot of everything that made the original games such a blast to play. The new game will be inspired by the classic environments, cars, drivers and power-ups from the original, but dragged screaming and kicking into the current state of the rendered art. And of course, there will be a bunch of brand new STUFF too, including true rag-doll pedestrians and physics-based power-ups that let you mess with their limbs whilst wiping away the tears - of laughter!

Multiplayer was the hidden-treasure of Carmageddon back in the dark days of LAN parties, but will now be able to be enjoyed by almost all of our players, thanks to the entire planet going online since then. The single player game will be brilliant too, thanks to demented opponents with demented A.I. brains made from demented code written by demented programmers.

Another cutting-edge feature that our loyal fans loved about the original game was the Action Replay facility, and this is also going to be coming back - but with a modern twist: You'll be able to post your clips on YouTube and other such sites. And of course we will be embracing the Social Media revolution and linking up to your Facebooks and Twitters with in-game integration so you can disturb your parents without even leaving the game.

The Carmageddon community means the world to us, and over the years a dedicated army of Modders continued to develop content for the original games. We’ll be making sure that the tools we use to craft the game are developed in such a way that we can release them as well, thus making player-generated content a central part of the Carmageddon: Reincarnation experience.

Thanks to in-house tech that’s been in constant development at the studio for more than a decade, we've been able to get prototyping under way. It helps that of the 8 man team that worked on the original game, 5 of us are still with the company and raring to go! This means we've been able to tune the driving experience, test new power-ups, and start creating the initial game assets. 

But there's so much more involved in making a full game... it takes a lot of time, and flock of talented and committed (in every sense...) people. This requires a stack of money, as try as me might, they seem to insist on salaries at the end of every month. EVERY single month! We've tried paying them in cake and small bags of chocolate, but they keep coming back for more.

We’re a modest-sized indie developer (around 50 trapped souls), and we've already invested well over a third of a million dollars getting the rights back and beginning design and prototyping. This represents all of our profits from our other work - but we think it's worth it. We currently have a small team working on the project - but without some sort of dedicated funding, that can’t continue indefinitely. We can't put this game into full production without a sizeable team dedicated to it. So we need a pile of CASH to get the game made. Or more chocolate and nicer cake. But CASH is more likely to work, to be perfectly honest.

Now we have our baby back we really don’t want to have any creative control of the new game wrestled from us by a corporate investor, a publisher, or space aliens trying to subvert humanity using subliminal messaging in video games. We want to make sure that the game we make is the game that we (and Carmageddon’s fans, and a new generation of Carmageddon fans who don’t even know they want it yet) want to play. 

What Do I Get For My Hard-Earned Dollars?

We've planned Carmageddon: Reincarnation as an iterative development project. This means that if we just make it to the $400k target, we'll be able to deliver Release #1 in February 2013. Kickstarter backers of $15 and above will receive Release #1 plus all subsequent releases.

If we exceed the $400k target, it'll allow us to include even more content in the first release. And if we smash the target, it'll also allow us to greatly expand the scope of the game, and to roll it out across more and more platforms, with Kickstarter backers getting to select their delivery platform of choice: consoles, tablets, phones, Macs, toasters, vibrating pillows, bananas... errrr..... 

.....anyway! The higher our budget, the more it accelerates the development of major game features and get them in the game sooner, and the greater the ultimate scope of the game's content and delivery platforms. Wahoo! We all win!   

We’re not just doing this because we saw what happened with Double Fine Adventure, Wasteland 2, and the other oldies around here that are making great comebacks; we were already working on Carmageddon: Reincarnation as a skunkworks project. What happened is that these other projects opened our eyes to the fantastic opportunity that crowd-sourced funding represents. We have an opportunity to make Carmageddon the game it always wanted to be - and to do so with the help of our fans. How perfect is that?

Anyway, other games don't let you glue a penguin to the ground and then fire it through a plate glass window with a giant spring. We do. We offer a unique service to humanity. Messy, but unique.

Kickstarter has now proved itself to be the perfect place to fund a project in The Modern Way. And so, with a realistic target budget to get the first release of the game out, and pledges made through Kickstarter, we have the opportunity to make the game that we want to make, and that our fans want us to make too.

Plus we can also repay the dedication of the community at the same time, through the rewards system.

Well, talking of rewards – we have a great bunch of those lined up for you guys. What’s also GREAT about the Kickstarter funding model is being able to also offer a range of cool STUFF and even some THINGS to our backers, as a way of thanking them for their involvement in our shared goal. STUFF including early access to the project beta, plus a whole bunch of cool physical product THINGS, from t-shirts to stickers to posters and limited edition lovelies, right on up to actually being in the game as a pedestrian, billboard star or even a driver!

You can even come and get drunk with the team! (Hospital bills are NOT included.)

You'll notice that we aren't asking for Shipping costs to be met by our backers. That's because we're covering the cost of shipping, out of the goodness of our hearts. Aren't we lovely. BUT - if you'd like to add a little extra to your pledge to help us meet the commitment, then obviously we'd be very grateful, and we'll talk about you in a respectful way during our tea breaks. 

If we reach our Kickstarter target of $400,000, we'll be able to deliver the first release of Carmageddon: Reincarnation by February 2013. Following that, our backers will get every update of the game as it's released, for FREE. You get it all for the minimum “get the game” pledge of $15. You get to download the first release via Steam, and your updates will occur automatically after that.  

So, in summary, this is an opportunity to be a key part of bringing back one of the pioneering titles in videogame history. Better than it was before; badder, shinier bloodier, sillier, and even more outrageous, with celebrity appearances by YOU and a bunch of other cool STUFF included because YOU made it possible. Plus MORE small WORDS in BOLD capitals. YES! And some LONGER ones too!

We're incredibly happy to be working on a project that's so close to our hearts, and we're thrilled that we've got the opportunity to do all the cool/stupid/fun stuff that we've discussed and planned over the years. We hope that you're excited at the prospect of being instrumental in bringing the next game in the Carmageddon series to life.  Thank you very much for looking, and thank you IMMENSELY for your pledge! 

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    MEMBER (THROBBING): You'll get the released game, to download from Steam. You'll receive sexy exclusive wallpaper in a range of resolutions to suit all your digital devices. Finally, you'll be credited in the game as a Carmageddon Kickstarter!

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    DRM THIS!: As well as the Steam version, all $15 pledgers will be offered a DRM-free, caffeine free, gluten free, born free non-Steam version of the PC game to download. This version will have no Steamworks functionality and will support single player and LAN multiplayer only. This is only currently offered for the PC platform and will not be available until completion. (Mac and Linux versions are planned, but still TBC.) Please note that the delivery date is an estimate and is subject to change.

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    VIP (VERY IMFLAMMABLE PENGUINS): Access to exclusive discussion forums on the carmageddon.com website, where content will also be posted ahead of appearing on the main site. You will also be granted early Beta access to the game, and early access to the official Steam Community game discussion forum. Plus, you get a personal avatar for the site. (+Previous Rewards)

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    I’M AGOG!!: Those fantastic people at GOG.com (formerly Good Old Games) are bringing the original Carmageddon back! And what’s more, they’ve insisted that everyone who pledges $25 dollars or more to the Carmageddon: Reincarnation Kickstarter campaign will receive a voucher that will allow them to visit GOG.com and download Carmageddon & The Splat Pack for FREE! All the backers of the OTHER $25 Reward tier will get this FREE voucher too. (+Previous Rewards); Delivery Date: on launch of Carmageddon on GOG.com.

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    DOUBLE WHAMMY: A total of 2 digital download codes for Carmageddon: Reincarnation. Now you can bring a friend to play! And remember, these come with beta access too! (+Previous Rewards)

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    POSTCARDS FROM THE (NEAR) FUTURE: A set of 4 Carmageddon: Reincarnation art cards. Retro communication devices for use in tomorrow's world! (+Previous Rewards)

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    CUSTOMIZATRON: Kickstart-exclusive game content: You get the option of a cool alternative Red Eagle car model, skin and accessories to use in the game, plus an extra digital copy of the game which which to bribe your way into friendship or marriage with someone. (+Previous Rewards)

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    SHIRT HAPPENS: A NEW physical reward! Show your loyalty to the cause with one of our new Carmageddon: Reincarnation logo t-shirts. You can choose from a selection of colours and have it large, very large, medium etc., in a male or female style. (+Previous Rewards)

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    4-WAY ACTION: A total of 4 digital copies of the game so that you can share with your friends (friends not included). As a special treat, we'll include a copy of the exclusive "Cardmageddon" card game for you to play together. Yes, that's right, a real physical THING! (+Previous rewards below $100)

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    POSTER PAINTER: A total of 4 digital copies of the game so that you can share with your friends (friends STILL not included). Choose from one of 4 Kickstarter Exclusive Carmageddon: Reincarnation posters which you can stick on your wall, draw mysterious lady parts on and lock your bedroom door. Also including a PDF version. . (+Previous Rewards below $100)

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    KICK IN THE BOX: It’s the one everyone’s been waiting for! The GAME. On a DVD. In a BOX! We’ve done the math and it will only slightly bankrupt us. We’re adding the boxed game with the manual and game on a printed DVD in as a $150 level Reward. If anyone who pledged $350 wants to drop their pledge to $150 as a result, then please feel free! If anyone currently going for the t-shirt or bumper sticker level rewards wants to swap their pledge to the boxed game offer, now’s your chance. (+Previous Rewards below $150) (At $350 level, you’ll get all three $150 Reward offers.)

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    Double Eagle!!: A pair of lovely little limited edition collector’s items, in the form of two Red Eagles. The original Red Eagle from Carmageddon, and the New Eagle from the new game. Be the envy of all your friends, especially those that are very tiny creatures - because to them, these will appear LIFE-SIZED!! All backers pledging $150 or more will receive the two Eagle collectible miniatures. (+ All previous Rewards)

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    STICKY MESS: A set of 3 exclusive Carmageddon: Reincarnation bumper stickers. Put them on your lovely new car and ruin its paintwork! Stick them over the eyes of your family members and make your own Sgt. Pepper’s album cover! Use them as duct tape (disused warehouse not included). (+Previous Rewards below $150)

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    BEEN THERE DONE THAT: Exclusive Carmageddon: Reincarnation T-shirt that will never be available anywhere else in the whole world ever. Be the envy of your friends. Gain instant romance. Lose weight. Solve world peace whilst simultaneously becoming super-rich. Grow extra legs. Gain immortality. Walk on water. (Benefits may vary.) (+Previous Rewards below $150)

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    GOODY (BALL) BAG... THE BAG: An actual BAG for your bag of goodies! SIMilar to the one demonstrated by SIM in the VID, this handy carrying apparatus can be used to transport all sorts of Reward STUFF! And MORE! NOTE: There’s no need to choose this reward – if you’ve already pledged $350 or more you’ll get this too!

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    GOODY (BALL) BAG: An exclusive-to-Kickstarter retail box containing a USB stick with the game installed, plus a physical special edition Game Manual. This will consist of a new manual for the game (warning, may contain rude words), plus a reprint of the original game's US manual. You will also have digital copies of the game as well so no need to deflower that virgin shrinkwrap! Yes! More physical THINGS! (Atoms included.) (+Previous Rewards, including t-shirt and stickers!)

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    I WAS IN THE WAR!: Poster of an exclusive, special edition promo image personally signed by key team members. Also, you'll receive a custom "Splatted Granny" collectable model, hand splatted and painted by a member of the team using their actual human fingers and stuff. No two are alike! A handmade THING! (+Previous Rewards)

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    STATE OF THE FART: You'll receive a hand signed piece of Carmageddon: Reincarnation concept art. You'll be able to choose from a selection of images,and your choice will be produced on high quality material, hand signed by the artist and delivered rolled ready for framing, These are strictly limited and will not be available ever again! Other people will want these THINGS! You will be able to sell them on eBay for MONEY! (+Previous Rewards)

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    PIMP MY THING: Help the design team to come up with an idea for a cosmetic add-on for the cars in the game. We'll implement it and you'll get a special entry in the credits. These will be available for people to customize their cars in the game, so your handiwork will be seen by millions! A not-real ethereal THING! (+Previous Rewards)

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    FATAL IMMORTALITY: You can be a Pedestrian in the game! Or choose somebody you don't like (but we will need their permission, unfortunately - damn you Western legal system!) We’ll map your or their face onto one of our in-game victims (you'll get a choice of what style of ped you'd like to be - or you want your mother-in-law to be), so you can chase yourself and other Kickstarter backers and their nemesiseseseseses down in the game. We'll even throw in an exclusive Carmageddon First Aid kit. You'll need it! Yes, a physical THING to go with the abstract reward of digital immortality (or more accurately, repeated DEATH). (+Previous Rewards below $750)

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    INFAMY!: You can feature on in-game holo-ad stands and billboards as a celebrity (select from a variety of templates: “Face of the Year”, "Rear of the year", “Most Wanted”, “Least Wanted”, "Have you seen this man?", "Vote <your name here>!" etc.) Plus, you'll be credited in the game end credits. A total of 10 digital copies of the game to share with your friends, so that they can share in your magnificence whilst driving a car into your grinning face at 250mph. (+Previous Rewards below $750)

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    YOU'LL NEVER LEAVE: An invitation to the Carmageddon: Reincarnation Kickstarter Party! We'll fly you from a nearby major international airport to the UK. You will be collected by the 600hp Carmageddon Range Rover. Once here, you'll get a VIP tour of the studio, chat with the team, and then go to the pub with team members and meet some fellow Kickstarters and DRINK until you bleed. We will then stagger into a curry house and be ejected by the management and banned for life. Includes flight, all UK travel and 3 nights in a local hotel. Reward is subject to attendees obtaining any necessary Visas etc. Attendees can bring a guest, but must cover the additional travel & hotel costs themselves. (+Previous Rewards below $750, plus you can choose between FATAL IMMORTALITY and INFAMY.)

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    HANG ONTO YER HELMET: We'll fly you from a nearby major international airport to the UK. You will be collected by the 600hp Carmageddon Range Rover. Once here, you will get a once in a lifetime chance to get together with the design team at Stainless and create a new opponent character based on your likeness! You can join in with the team to create a backstory and to customize a vehicle to your liking. You will forever be enshrined in Carmageddon folklore. People will be talking about you in bars all around the world. Governments will debate you, and civilisations will fall. OK, maybe not. But you'll be DEAD COOL. Literally. Includes flight, all UK travel and 3 nights in a local hotel. Reward is subject to attendees obtaining any necessary Visas. Attendees can bring a guest, but must cover the additional travel & hotel costs themselves. (+Previous Rewards below $750.)

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