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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.
15,736 backers pledged $625,143 to help bring this project to life.

The Dawn of Early Access...

Yes, it's coming! Hang on to yer helmets! Carmageddon: Reincarnation for PC is launching via an Early Access programme on Steam in Q1 2014.

Yes, that's right Early Access is coming, and we want YOU to join us at the dawn of a new era in the evolution of automotive carnage videogaming! Add this date to the timeline of World History:

Q1 2014

And be there, or be stuck in the car combat Stone Age!

To celebrate this announcement, we're running a prize draw and GIVING AWAY 99 Free Passes to The Carmageddon: Reincarnation Full Package, which guarantees the winners ALL the content, including all updates and future DLC for the REST OF RECORDED TIME!!* all you have to do for a chance to win is Tweet us! Head over to our Early Access Entry page to find out more.

All the Kickstarter (and Paypal) Backers who pledged $15 or more for the game will receive the standard game package bundle for free, as that content is released. If you’d like the chance to increase your entitlement to The Full Package (all content, all DLC), then ENTER THE DRAW!

Also note that, for Backers who pledged $25 or more, Early Access will be preceded by an exclusive two week beta period.

Ol' Clyde there was so excited to have early access to the Early Access news, he couldn't resist bashing his bone in a highly rhythmic fashion to celebrate, and who could blame him?! He's about to embark on a revolutionary evolutionary journey - and so are YOU!

Yes, Q1 2014 will see the launch of Carmageddon: Reincarnation on Steam. And Early Access means the World gets the game at the earliest opportunity, and we all get the benefit of feedback and community involvement as the game continues towards its ultimate destiny; To boldly go where no cow and granny mangling game has gone before!

*End of Recorded time currently TBC. We're checking with our first-gen HAL.

Visit the carmageddon.com website to view the full press release.

Comments

    1. Creator Michael Hartmann on September 27, 2013

      @cpragman: Check out the description for the two $15 tiers. You'll get a DRM-free version and a Steam version, but the Steam version has more features.

    2. Creator Mike on September 26, 2013

      I always get screwed because I don't have a Twitter account :).

    3. Creator cpragman on September 26, 2013

      Steam? I don't remember that being discussed in the original proposal that we all backed. Did I miss it somewhere in the small print? I'd rather not have steam on my system.

    4. Creator Michele on September 26, 2013

      Good news.

    5. Creator Eric de Gaston on September 26, 2013

      Looks like I spoke too soon, they did correct this and now will be offering everyone who supported them the whole game as promised. Very cool. Thank you for being a part of your community Stainless!

    6. Creator Eric de Gaston on September 26, 2013

      OK according to Stainless in 2009, Carmageddon (series) had sold about 2 million copies. I don't know how that's broken down but we have to remember that this was before they were going to have console releases at launch (the PS2/etc releases of C1 were 2 years after the PC launch, and from what I gather weren't ported super well) - so I think it's fair to estimate they'll sell more than 2 million copies of Reincarnation.

      Meanwhile about 15,537 Kickstarter backers pledged $15 or more. That's less than 1% of their total sales, and they *ARE* already sales (the money's in the bank) - would it really kill Stainless to just be effing nice to us and give us what we clearly all believe we were promised?

    7. Creator Joseph on September 26, 2013

      eat crow all the defenders.

    8. Creator Michele on September 26, 2013

      I guess the Magic games should have been a fair warning, but I think we all thought that Carmageddon was not tainted in the same way. Magic is a game to trick customers and make money to do other games, Carmageddon should have been THE game.

      I can't believe that with all these pledge levels there were no one that will grant the full package. There're people who pledged a lot of money. I think people would have pledged gladly to have the full package. Oh wait, they rightly supposed that it was the full package. In all the month in which the developer "made the community part of the development process", they never mentioned dlcs or different packages.

      Also, I think would be good to have an explanation of what these words means.
      "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."

      I think devs should have know what the reactions would have been and that it's a fair assumption that the backers would have got the full package.

    9. Creator TechnoSphere on September 26, 2013

      ". Kickstarter backers of $15 and above will receive Release #1 plus all subsequent releases."

      It's time to declare the content in Relase #1.
      I wonder the legality of this..

    10. Creator Michael Hartmann on September 26, 2013

      @schnide: Thanks, I must have missed that. I'll send them a message.

    11. Creator Christian on September 26, 2013

      ok, what was actually said, with the mention of DLC was: "hey guys, we love this game so much, that even when it's done, we will continue to work on it, but of course we all need to pay rent, and buy food, so unfortunately we will have to charge money for the extra content"

      so calm down people, be grateful that a game you love so much, that you would blindly back it, will continue to grow even after it's done

      patches to fix bugs will naturally be free
      I would imagine that a DLC for Carmageddon would contain new cars and maps, maybe new game modes. what else would you want from this type of game?

    12. Creator Benjamin Mullen on September 26, 2013

      PS - Below you say backers get the "complete" game, but above you say we don't get the "Full" game. You can't use the word complete and then say there's something missing that we need to pay for.

    13. Creator Benjamin Mullen on September 26, 2013

      The problem is the word "updates" was never defined, and many including myself believe that DLC to an existing game is an update. When you say "complete" when referring to a game, that should be all content that is added on to that game that could not exist separately. In other words, if you need the original game to play, that's an update (paid or otherwise).

      Saying backers get all updates and the "complete" version of the game and then saying "just kidding, there's DLC you have to pay for" is just plain shitty.

    14. Creator ThomasN on September 26, 2013

      Talks of DLC bevore launch of the core game is really bad.
      I wonder if my DRM free version (I don't want STEAM on my system) will have one level and one car.

    15. Creator Piotr Kozłowski on September 26, 2013

      It’s common practice to offer DLC for games – hell, we did the equivalent back in 1998 when we released The Splat Pack for Carmageddon. /// Hell, you were NOT funded by fans actually. Fans, as it seems, had thought that they will get what they've paid for: complete game with future updates. If you meant 'patches' only, then screw you. That's the last game I'm backing for Stainless.

    16. Creator Leon Moor on September 26, 2013

      "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."

      "Every update" obviously means DLC to most people. Saying we get them "free" implies that they would be something you pay for otherwise, i.e. DLC. Saying we would get mere patches free is ridiculous, it's in your best interest to get as many people as possible to install any patches and no one charges for them.

      Now you're telling me I only have a chance of getting what I paid for, a year late, if I turn into a twitard. Get stuffed. You're not getting another cent out of me. For the rest of your lives.

    17. Creator Eddy on September 26, 2013

      wow, so much hate. Can't wait for the beta! Keep the good work stainless!

    18. Creator Allexz on September 26, 2013

      Hey Stainless, you might wanna support your supporters...

    19. Creator Juakyng on September 26, 2013

      If you don't change this, I'm not going to fund more Stainless proyects.

    20. Creator Felix W on September 26, 2013

      I am extremely disappointed by this announcement. When I read "we'll be able to deliver Release #1 in February 2013", I had little doubt that delays would be announced, (I had no qualms with waiting a little longer for a better game).. When I read "Kickstarter backers of $15 and above will receive Release #1 plus all subsequent releases", I felt assured that Stainless Games was ensuring supporters a complete game. Now I see that my faith that "all subsequent releases" entailed a complete version of Carmageddon: Reincarnation was misplaced.

      I understand there is a valid sales model for developing DLC alongside a game but to announce that you lied to your Kickstarter supporters when you told them they would receive a complete product is unacceptable. It remains to see what the ratio of DLC to in game content will be but what I can safely say is that, for a game that has been crowd-funded, has had a slow update schedule and is set to be more than year late, this announcement is inappropriate, at best, and downright insulting, at worst.

      I am hopeful that you will clarify your announcement and consider your support-base's response to this mistake before your reputation is permanently sullied.

    21. Creator KFC on September 26, 2013

      I don't have also problem with DLCs. But with this misleading update...
      So what - now we have to tweet to get the full game?
      Thank you very much!
      As you can see Stainless we really do appreciate it!

      chirrup, chirrup, chirrup, chirrup... am I gettin one already?

    22. Creator Mickaël "Froh" Garcin on September 26, 2013

      Look at the end of my post before telling me that I totally missed the point. And tell me that I didn't speak of that.
      Yes there's a problem. No it does not worth all the drama (because even if YOU said the DLC were fine, not all comments says that).

    23. Creator Daniel Watson on September 26, 2013

      You couldn't have missed the point harder if you tried, Froh.

      The text on this Kickstarter says:
      "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."

      The key part there being "every update of the game as it's released, for FREE."

      DLC is fine, absolutely fine. But misleading backers and being deceitful about future plans is not.

    24. Creator Mickaël "Froh" Garcin on September 26, 2013

      Why I'm defending this ? Because I know what DLC are. Besides the "ON CD" and "DAY-1" DLC, there are also the good kind of DLC, which exist to please people who bought a game and would like to have more content.
      If people really knew what DLC is, they shouldn't be crying tears of blood over the fact that there is DLC for the future game they supported.

      Did you play Sanctum 2 and found the DLC were not worthy of the price ?
      Did you play Castle Crashers and found that the characters added via DLC were a cash grab ?
      Did you play Jamestown and found that the new DLC ships were not wanted in a short game like this one ?

      Adding some replayability to a game is not a bad choice, and yes, it costs money to add extra vehicules, challenges, races.

      The only problem here, as stated before, is not give the option to have this "season pass" to backers, even as an add-on.
      Because yes, I'm really happy that this game will have DLC to last a bit longer.

    25. Creator KFC on September 26, 2013

      Mika well said! Stainless so it's some kind of fraud right?

      "You get it all for the minimum get the game pledge of $15" - how can you then explainpaid DLC? For us backers?!
      Really bad joke....

    26. Creator Daniel Watson on September 26, 2013

      I backed at the $150 level and this really does feel like a kick in the box.

    27. Creator Alvin on September 26, 2013

      Well, this just leaves a really bad taste. I'm just sad that after all that trust and money was thrown behind this project, to have the team just forget about all the people who helped make this happen in the first place and flat out refuse to honor their promise. You can rest assured I won't be paying for any so-called dlc or full package. In fact, if there's anyway I can get a refund, please let me know.

    28. Creator Ke on September 26, 2013

      How are people defending this? Are you genuinely unaware many people use Kickstarter because they perceive it as being a way to put their dollars toward games free of the garbage many people hate - rushed releases, low quality, new franchise games that are minor iterations of the previous year's version, and DLC?

      People know what DLC is, explaining it is condescending. It may very well be a "major expansion" but I sincerely doubt it. This is a rotten, horrible move, and anybody defending this or acting like they don't understand the fuss is being deliberately obtuse. The very least Stainless could have done was offer all DLC free to their backers, or discounted, but they just straight-up asked the people who helped make the damn thing exist to Twitter spam their friends so they MIGHT see all of the content they'll develop for it.

      And how come more people aren't furious about this, as pointed out by Alex Valero "Danda"?

      ""our backers will get every update of the game as it's released, for FREE."

      If "update" doesn't mean "DLC" here, what does it mean? Patches? Were you offering backers the privilege of getting patches for free, because every other company asks you to pay for them?"

      How disgustingly disrespectful.

    29. Creator Jérémie Gillet on September 26, 2013

      Damn, I'm so disappointed ! I was so proud to be a part of these peoples who help you to do this remake in proper ways, because Carmageddon was one of my first PC games when I was a kid.

      I didn't paid for a Call of Carmageddon game with infinite season pass. I'm sad.

    30. Creator Mickaël "Froh" Garcin on September 26, 2013

      DLC only means Downloadable Content guys. It can be an expansion or something else. Stop the drama. The only thing which is sad is that we don't have access to the "whole package" (even as an upgrade) at the moment, and since we didn't have thoses options during our pledges.

    31. Creator Mika on September 26, 2013

      So you have this posted on your site:
      "Once the Early Access programme launches, players will have the option to buy the game content at a variety of tiered prices, starting with the standard game package and leading up to a full package bundle that will include all DLC and all future released material at an all-inclusive price. (All the Kickstarter and Paypal Backers who pledged $15 or more for the game will receive the standard game package bundle for free, as that content is released.)"

      And this was posted on the Kickstarter:
      "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."

      So the content is not free anymore? It seems that it isn't. I wouldn't have backed this had I known that. Great way to reward your loyal backers who believed in you.

    32. Creator Joseph on September 26, 2013

      Can we get refunds? I don't feel ethnically ok giving a copy of this to a friend with the DLC scheme.

    33. Creator Eric de Gaston on September 26, 2013

      Way to go, jerks. Welcome to never getting another penny from me, not for DLC and not for any other reason.

      "Kickstarter Backers will get the Early Access content, plus all subsequent updates that go together to make up the complete game. "

      Don't piss on my back and tell me it's raining.

    34. Creator Casper Manfred Andersen on September 26, 2013

      Hmm kinda glad I only paid for the 15$ package, since then I don't feel quite as shafted as the guys at the higher tiers.

    35. Creator Tomm on September 26, 2013

      I've never really commented directly like this before on a Kickstarter, but I really just wanted to say that this announcement is a rotten thing to do to your backers and have a little rant. It shows an utter disrespect for the people who helped you get this off the ground in the first place. It makes it look like you are ditching us because you've got funding from other sources which is a great way to annoy your fan base.

      Frankly, this Kickstarter has been rubbish to back. It's appeared (although I doubt it's the case) that you've spent all your time and energy making mobile versions of the old games, rather than work on what we backed as you have showed barely any of the new game in the Kickstarter updates. Compared to projects like Planetary Annihilation that have been showing regular videos and streams of their progress, or Distance that has regularly shown pictures and sometimes videos of their tracks in action, the information from you has been lacklustre at best.

      Finally, that 'clarification' of yours is incredibly patronising. Do you not think most people already understand what DLC is? We know what DLC is, that doesn't stop us (or me at least) feeling annoyed and cheated about this sudden mention of it, over a year after the campaign ended!

      P.S. Rest assured the original version of this was much more full of swearing than this one.

    36. Creator schnide on September 26, 2013

      @Michael Hartmann - OotG/Dream Traveller

      Incorrect. Stainless have in the past quite happily and publicly admitted they'll give a refund to anyone who wants one. They last said that the time they used language in one of their updates that promoted homophobic bullying, stood by as being proud of and have never since retracted.

    37. Creator Joseph on September 26, 2013

      Hay guys guess what we are going to give you a whole TWO weeks to "beta" test this game you backed before anyone can grab it. I don't think you guys really know what beta testing means... unless of course the general idea is that all along anyone who bought the game in advance could. If developers/publishers keep using KS and Steam Early Access in such a way that's unfair to those who backed when a product didn't exist. I'm going to just wait for Steam Early Access... why should I take the risk and trust a company? Oh if you don't get the money there won't be a Steam Early Access... well then you as a collective "independent" whole should of thought about that beforehand. At least with publishers it was easier to see who had shady practices and didn't care about customers, now it's going to just become a avalanche of forget kickstarter.

    38. Creator Forge on September 26, 2013

      This is not OK. If I had known of this when I pledged originally, I would not have participated.

      This is not the CUSTOMIZATRON experience I believed I was signing up for. While none of us are entitled to refunds, if Stainless feels like kicking me back my 50$ plus interest and washing their hands of me, I'd be COMPLETELY OK with that.

      Not cool.

    39. Creator Stefan Ernst on September 26, 2013

      I think the GTA IV DLC is quite a bad example because it actually gave you new games and didn't extend the old one.

    40. Creator Stefan Ernst on September 26, 2013

      I do like DLC if done properly.

    41. Creator MemoryKill on September 26, 2013

      Thanks for the clarification guys, good to know!

    42. Creator Michael Hartmann on September 26, 2013

      @clumsyandshy: The GTA IV DLC is the only good example of DLC that I can think of. Mainly because you got two complete new games that just used some of the assets of the main game. If everybody would handle DLC like Rockstar, I don't think anybody would mind. But Rockstar are a very rare exception.

    43. Creator Michael Hartmann on September 26, 2013

      @Joel: There is no way to demand a refund. Kickstarter isn't a store. I guess you could argue that Stainless Games don't deliver what they promised (full game and all updates) and ask for a refund, but I don't expect that you would get one.

      I certainly would like to get one, too. With normal retail games you at least know if there will be DLC and can choose to wait for the GOTY edition that includes everything for a fraction of the price, but here we're stuck with the standard edition (that was supposed to be the complete edition until today).

      @Michael Hoffmann: That is exactly what they are telling us. And they expect us to like it. This is the first time I regretted backing a project on Kickstarter.

    44. Creator Levi on September 26, 2013

      If I knew from the start there was going to be a difference between *standard* and *full* package, I would not feel cheated. Hell, I would have probably backed more but right this moment, I'm glad I didn't. I'll love the finished product, it just won't be what I expected in advance based on these shenanigans.

      As it stands, this is just an awful piece of communication. As a backer, I helped fund this project, without others and my contribution, the game development would have been more difficult (not impossible).

      Bottomline: Would I back future project from Stainless Steel? Very unlikely as it stands.

    45. Creator Xuio on September 26, 2013

      This whole explanation is hilarious.

      - It’s common practice to offer DLC for games -

      Yes, but next time don't bag for money on KS.

      - hell, we did the equivalent back in 1998 when we released The Splat Pack for Carmageddon -

      It was an EXPANSION PACK, not stupid dlc. Moreover - you didn't release any dlc/exp. packs for Carma 2, because it was The Full Package from the start.

      - These Kickstarter funds are not being used to fund DLC development.-

      Sure, sure... Because you used them already to make android version of carma1.

    46. Creator Michael Hoffmann on September 26, 2013

      @lettmon
      They already got my money...

    47. Creator clumsyandshy on September 26, 2013

      DLC as a concept can be really good (just look at the GTAIV episodes as an example) but there are good ways and bad ways of handling it. Your way of announcing this waay before release of the initial game and before barely showing even us loyal backers anything is just not a good way.

    48. Creator lettmon on September 26, 2013

      of course they want money, they are business. do you work for free?

    49. Creator Michael Hoffmann on September 26, 2013

      "DLC is the additional content we offer after the game is finished and complete because we want more money".

      Fixed!

      Please don't tell me that after backing this game with $150(!), I will have to buy the DLCs separately!