When you think of games that involve driving nowadays, you typically expect the main focus to be on the realism of the experience. This wasn’t always the case. In the early days of 3D gaming, the intent of driving games was more to be fun than anything else. Nowhere was this more apparent in the game Carmageddon, where the entire purpose was to cause as much death and destruction with a vehicle as you could. The series has been lying dormant since the 64-bit era days, but fans of the games will be happy to hear that a new title is on the way.
Square Enix purchased the rights to the name last week, with the plan being to reveal the new game, titled Carmageddon: Reincarnation, before E3 2011. It was also announced that Stainless Games, the developers responsible for the original two titles, are now in charge of the franchise. The group has promised that fans of the original series will be happy with the newest title, and that they will be given everything they would expect from a Carmageddon game. Stainless is also looking forward to introducing a new generation of gamers to the series in the process.
As of yet, no platforms have been named for the game’s release, but the official Carmageddon: Reincarnation site listed the title as a downloadable game, as well as being multiplatform. So expect the game to appear on either Xbox Live Arcade or PSN upon its release date. The game is currently in pre-production, with a release date of sometime in 2012 being listed.
If the revival of this series is successful, perhaps we could see the return of less-serious games. Many games today, particularly in the FPS genre, take themselves very seriously, whereas the older games were more tongue-in-cheek and more for pure, mindless fun. Reviving older franchises like this and Duke Nukem may signal a return to form for the respective genres, which will certainly be interesting to see.
Are you interested in playing a new version of Carmageddon? How do you think it will compare to the upcoming Twisted Metal reboot?
Carmageddon: Reincarnation is expected to release sometime in 2012.