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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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Kickstarter Rewards Update #2

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Hey Carma Backers!

We’re getting closer to our Steam Early Access launch so we thought we’d give you an update on your long awaited Kickstarter rewards, and even show you a few in pictures!

As we get nearer to starting the shipping process it’s important that all Backers who are on tiers that include physical items check their information in our Backer site to make sure the information we require is present and correct. If you haven’t already logged into the Backer Site and need to know how, please read ‘How do I access the Backer site?’ section at the bottom of this update.

POSTERS

We now have poster designs for backers on the $100 ‘POSTER PAINTER’ tier (and applicable higher tiers) and you can now view and select which one you would like to receive in print form via the Backer site. Don’t forget – you’ll also get PDFs of all 4 designs - so you can print the others yourself if you like!

PIMP MY THING & FATAL IMMORTALITY TIERS

Backers who pledged on either the $750 ‘PIMP MY THING’ or $1,000 ‘FATAL IMMORTALITY’ tiers will now find options within the Backer site to submit the required information to help us get your rewards into the game.

INFAMY! TIER

We shall be contacting Backers on the $2,500 'INFAMY!' tier very shortly so look out for an email in your inbox!

WEBSITE CREDIT

We now have a section on the Carmageddon website displaying credits of all backers (http://www.carmageddon.com/reincarnation/kickstarter). The website credits list will now also include all PayPal backers so please make sure you update your Backer site account with what you would like your credit to say. If this field has been left empty we will use your name. Kickstarter backers who pledged $15 or more will be also added to the in-game credits list. Please note that the Kickstarter credits list on carmageddon.com is updated manually.

T-SHIRTS & BAGS

They've arrived and currently taking up half the available floor space in what used to be our recreation room! Check out the pictures below of both the bag and the t-shirts.

Hundreds of Kickstarter Backer t-shirts!
Hundreds of Kickstarter Backer t-shirts!
Kickstarter exclusive 'Classic Eagle' t-shirts
Kickstarter exclusive 'Classic Eagle' t-shirts
Carmageddon: Reincarnation bags! For your stuff!
Carmageddon: Reincarnation bags! For your stuff!

SPLATTED GRANNY

Sim’s been hard at work with her gruesome production line and now has a collection of mutilated grannies in her possession!

I was in the war!
I was in the war!

DOUBLE EAGLE MODELS

Of all the Rewards, the Eagles have been the ones that caused the most headaches to get manufactured. And the headaches aren't over yet – literally, as we have 1,600 of the little bastards we now have to spray paint for you!

To explain in more detail... Any sort of physical model like this is potentially ruinously expensive to produce and I talked about this in the August Update; to recap on that:

“We finally opted for a 3D printed solution to the question of how we could manufacture these little diddlers in an affordable way. Any sort of die-cast/multi-material option was completely out of the question as it would have bankrupt the project (as we hope you’ll appreciate, we want as much of the Backers’ funding to go to development, and not to fulfilling the cool – but secondary – Rewards scheme)! Even the single material casting/moulding route proved very hard to find at a justifiable price, but in the end we managed to find a manufacturer willing to take on our relatively small run for a reasonable cost per model.”

So, we now have a massive stack of boxes full of little Eagles, each of which looks like… a little Eagle biscuit!

Classic and Custom Eagles!
Classic and Custom Eagles!

YUM! They’re one step up in robustness terms from the “cheese” that we originally speculated they might have to be made out of, when we first offered the Reward! But, that is only marginally more robust. They’re pretty damn fragile, and we’re going to have to be extraordinarily careful how we ship them to you. To that end, current thinking is that they’ll be included in the boxed copies of the game, nestling in little cut-outs in the foam. Before that though, as mentioned before we need to spray paint them. By far the best look we have found is to make them look like they’re HEWN from ROCK (how ironic!) and spray them black followed by a dusting of grey.

We’d love to hand paint every one of them in all the colours – but again, that would mean Carma:R would never get finished!

FINALLY...

So, the question you all want answering – when can I get my hands on these goodies! We are looking at starting the shipping process shortly after Christmas so we hope the first batch of rewards will be with you in February. Gib-tastic! Of course we’ll update you exactly when this will take place but if you need to update your survey details (such as updating your shipping address) please use the Backer site - http://backers.carmageddon.com. Please note that updating your details will be disabled when we start the shipping process.

Please note as well that any physical Rewards specifically related to the game will be shipped when the game is fully released (not at Early Access launch) - this includes rewards such as the game in a box, alternative models, skins and accessories DLC.

That’s all for now!

HOW DO I ACCESS THE BACKER SITE?

You can access the Backer site by visiting http://backers.carmageddon.com. Backers should have previously received an email with login information, so if this is your first time here please click on the ‘Request new password’ link and enter the email address you have associated with your Kickstarter or PayPal account. You’ll then be sent details via email on how you can login and change your password. Please note that the Backer site has different login credentials to our Official Carmageddon website.

Squawk! It's The Hawk!

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Back in 1996 when Carmageddon was in development, it was decided that we’d give the player the choice of two cars to select at the start of the game. One would be a lighter, softer and faster car, the other heavier, better armoured but less nippy. I drew up side-view images of the cars (sadly, the car manual containing all the vehicle drawings has long since disappeared), and made sure they shared a common look; The Hawk (as the faster one was called) looking like a cab-forward, mid-engined version of front-engined Grand Touring bruiser, The Eagle. The decision was in no way connected to the fact that it meant that once I’d built The Eagle, I only had to shunt a few polys around to make it into The Hawk.

(Of course, the other thing this allowed us to do was introduce the female option for the PratCam, and thus Die Anna was born. Hoorah!)

TBH, the only reasons to pick the Hawk as the player car in Carmageddon were:

  • You liked yellow
  • You liked Die Anna screaming on your PratCam

Once you realised that the actress playing Die Anna was only 14, you felt a bit guilty and went back to driving The Eagle – unless you were also 14 or under.

Aaanyway… That was the story of The Hawk’s origin. The Eagle and the Hawk weren’t based on any existing cars – they sort of flopped out of my brain onto the layout paper via my twitching pencil without referencing any specific manufactured cars, as many of the other Carmageddon cars did. This made the process of following them up with new versions – for The Spat Pack and Carmageddon 2 – feel quite tricky to pull off, and led to updated designs that varied (IMO) in being fulfilled successfully. I think The Hawk in The Splat Pack is… interesting.

 And the one in Carma 2 is okay, but not my finest design moment!

Well, to the present. And a while back, while updating Carmageddon.com with some news, we accidentally “trailed” a bit of vehicle that we hadn’t actually meant to reveal. It was immediately spotted by you keen-eyed Carmafans and spawned some discussion in the forums. So we decided that we’d nix the speculation and reveal the Doug wonderfulness that is… The New Hawk.

SEX ON TOAST. I’m sure you’ll agree.

Further to this reveal today, I have more breaking news from Brands Hutch (as we call our room) in Carma Towers. And that is to let you all know that You Haven’t Seen The Eagle Yet. Well, you’ll say – that’s bloody obvious. We haven’t seen a new Eagle yet. But the thing is, we kind of had an Eagle. It’s even been partially revealed, damaged, in a screenshot. It was based on an amalgamation of early work that Doug had done for us (which can be found in the Eagle Eyes On blog). And we’ve been using this Eagle for some time now as a test bed for Car setup development; damage, suspension etc. work. But recently, we took a long hard look at it and decided – it could be better. And so, it’s gone Back To The Drawing Board. More on this too… Later, my Carmachums!

(And BTW, I’m thinking that The Eagle and The Hawk should be called the Eagle:R and Hawk:R in order to avoid confusion about what number they ought to be… Whatcha fink?)

"I’m Sorry Dave… I’m afraid you can’t do that."

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Hello CarmaFans, Sim here!

I Just thought I would share a little bit of good news on development side of things and also share something funny that happened during the week…

Little Bit of THIS – Mega Virtual Texturing News

First bit of grand news is that the texturing technique we are implementing – previously referred to by us non-tech types as Mega Texturing, but actually more accurately termed “Virtual Texturing” – should be finished “by the end of the week”… Which is actually around about… NOW. HORRAH!

This means that the lovely detailed environment work the artists have been doing that utilises this amazing technology will actually be visible on yer everyday decent PC, all around the office (and not just on super-powered throbbing shit hot art PCs), in a matter of days!

And what is Virtual Texturing, again? I asked our Head of Tech, Nick Slaven, for a description that even nobby would be able to understand. Nick replied, “Well strictly speaking it’s known as Sparse Virtual Texturing, and simply put it is the creation of large virtual textures that are streamed from disk. The mega texture system takes artist generated image data and chops it into many smaller texture pages that can be streamed off disk as needed. This will allow artists to create greater levels of texture detail within the scene than we’ve ever had before, and will speed up the loading times and keep memory usage low.

The texture pages are of fixed size, currently 128 by 128 pixels and the system currently supports a page array of 65536 by 65536, giving a virtual texture space of 8,388,608 by 8,388,608 pixels.

On our test levels only a fraction of this space is currently used, around 500 x 500 pages, this is still around 250,000 unique texture pages being generated occupying around 7 to 9 GBytes of disk space.

We’ve plenty of space for expansion, disk space permitting (if the whole virtual texture were filled, we wouldn’t actually be able to store it on current hardware… )”

GOOD STUFF EH ;) (But nobby looked like it made his head hurt, and had to have a lie down.) When he’d come to his senses again, he added, “So, every day we’re moving closer to a reveal of the work on the levels. The wait is as frustrating to us as it is to all of you out there, but that’s what happens when you’re re-writing the game core tech pretty much from scratch at the same time as developing the game itself. It’s all about ‘dependencies’, and we has them.” And to emphasise this, he booted a passing badger up the arse.

Little bit of THAT – Fun with Physics!

This week we got a really interesting email from the art team, entitled “Fun with Physics”.

I’m going to copy and paste the email here, but first I’ll give you a bit of information on what Dave is talking about.

In our Industrial level we have the basic shipping containers around a dock area, and there are also big machines like the one Tom Cruise drives in War of the Worlds, that pick up these containers and move them about. This helps to bring the environment to life, and will add some hazards for the player to have fun driving around in the level. The Email was about a bug that relates to these elements:

Hey All

Most of you will have noticed by now the utter devastation of the containers in the dock area of industrial which occurs after about 3½ minutes.

I discovered what’s causing it yesterday evening (bear with me, there’s a bit of explanatory preamble).

It’s caused by the loader animation looping. The loader animation consists of the loader moving containers A and B around the yard.

In order to save on keyframes however, the animation isn’t a complete loop – at the end of the animation A and B have swapped places.

Visually this isn’t an issue as the containers look identical so the animation appears to loop seamlessly… until such time as the containers are given a mass less than infinity…

The start and end positions of containers A and B are some 300m apart and the animation runs at 30fps

This means that at the point the animation loops back to the start, these containers have to move 300m back to their starting positions in one thirtieth of a second

Which is 9km/s

Which is 32400km/h... just over Mach 33

By way of comparison:

  • Velocity of Geostationary orbit - 11052 km/s
  • Orbiting Velocity of International Space Station – 27,600 km/h
  • Escape velocity on Earth – 40,320 km/h

It gets better…

Containers A and B have been given a mass of 100 metric tonnes (heavy enough not to be moved by collision)

So let’s consider the kinetic energy of a 100 tonne object moving at 9km/s

E = ½mv² = 50000 x 9000² = 4.05 trillion joules

Or to put it another way…

0.968 Megatons of explosive energy

If the container was spherical and hit the ground at a perpendicular angle the resulting crater would measure 189 metres across

Such is the accuracy of our physics that this kinetic energy in-game is enough to launch a 3 tonne container 500m….. Which I imagine is pretty much what happens when a nuclear bomb goes off in a dockyard.

So my fuckup qualifies as both astronomical and apocalyptic!

-David Brownsea

So thanks for sharing Dave! He quickly fixed the problem, BUT! We sneakily got hold of the offending buggy container Loader, and we have a cunning plan to stick it back in the level (or our test environment) and reproduce the outcome for all to see!

Of course, what this “Whoops!” moment emphasises is that this is exactly the kinda fun you will be able to have using CarMODgeddon, which will allow you to muck around with the parameters of all manner of in-game assets and also add your own, so you too can have Fun in the Stainless Playground of Physics™!

Now boot a badger up the bum… in celebration!

See ya soon Carmachums!

Sim xxx

Calling All Backers!

Stainless is Listening!

Hey guys, it’s nobby here! Sorry to be spamming you all with another Update so soon, but we have an important announcement for you. We’ve been following the feedback today very closely, and it became clear we’d screwed this one up – and so we’re happy to tell you that we’re doing the only thing that’s fair and all of you who paid for the game, will get the game plus ALL DLC. We’re putting out a Press Release and posting the news on Carmageddon.com, so that the message gets out there loud and clear:

ALL KICKSTARTER/PAYPAL BACKERS WHO PAID TO RECEIVE THE GAME WILL GET THE FULL GAME PLUS ALL DLC!

Thursday, 26th September 2013. Isle of Wight, UK. Earlier today, Stainless Games Ltd. announced its Early Access plans for the release of Carmageddon: Reincarnation on Steam in Q1, 2014. Stainless also talked about how the final game would be followed by DLC packages to signal the company’s continued commitment to the game beyond the “final release”.

However, the announcement had the unforeseen consequence of causing confusion and some disquiet among the community who have backed the game’s development. Some commentators in the Kickstarter community made the point that it seemed unfair that the Backers weren’t now going to get the “whole” game – including all future DLC.

Jason Garber, Publishing Director at Stainless, said, “As the day went on, we kept discussing the feedback from the community, and it became clear that they had a valid point. And so we’ve decided to act on that point. We’ve concluded that the fair thing to do would be to make this announcement – that EVERY Kickstarter and Paypal Backer who pledged the $15 and above for a copy of the game will be eligible to get The Full Package. They’ll get the full, final version of Carmageddon: Reincarnation and ALL DLC, for the REST OF TIME.”

Neil Barnden, Brand Director for Carmageddon, said, “We have always listened to the community, and felt that in this instance we’d clearly got it wrong the first time round. So it was imperative to make it clear how important the Backers remain to us, and deal with this as swiftly and positively as possible.”

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.