Fans of virtual vehicular violence, and of puns with the word "car" in them, will be delighted to know that the rumor of the Carmageddon series' return is absolutely true. Last week, the story surfaced that the rights to the series had been purchased from Square Enix, with the next entry planned for a pre-E3 reveal.

Stainless Games, developers of the first two Carmageddon games, are now in charge of the franchise, and are working on a new downloadable game for release next year. The title, Carmageddon: Reincarnation, shows Stainless's commitment to the word "car," if nothing else. Platforms weren't named, but the official Carmageddon site calls it "multiplatform motoring mayhem."

"All the laughs, the crazy power-ups, and extreme destruction will return," said Stainless Executive Director Neil Barnden. "We will make sure the existing fans get what they want and expect from a Carmageddon game, and a new generation discovers the delights of sliding into a Cunning Stunt."
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Isle of Wight, UK. 1st June 2011. The Carmageddon brand has been reacquired by the team that developed the original PC titles Carmageddon and Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now. Stainless Games today announced that a new title is in early development, called 'Carmageddon: Reincarnation'.

"Carmageddon has returned to its Indie developer roots, and the time is right to bring the game to a new audience," said Patrick Buckland, CEO and Stainless co-founder. "Originally an ambitious title that tested the hardware limits of its day, we're excited that the game will finally get the showcase it deserves on today's platforms."

"Carmageddon: Reincarnation will feature the same black humour and comic violence that made the original game such a success." said Neil Barnden, Executive Director and Stainless co-founder. "All the laughs, the crazy power-ups, and extreme destruction will return. We will make sure the existing fans get what they want and expect from a Carmageddon game, and a new generation discovers the delights of sliding into a Cunning Stunt."

"I was in the war!" Patrick added.

Now in the early stages of pre-production development, 'Carmageddon: Reincarnation' is slated for release in 2012. Stainless Games is actively seeking a partner with whom to move the project on to full production.

'Carmageddon: Reincarnation' is being developed for digital download, for which Stainless Games have built an enviable worldwide reputation, with numerous cross-platform releases and multiple No.1 titles on XBLA.

For more info and a chance to win some limited edition 'Carmageddon: Reincarnation' swag visit: www.carmageddon.com

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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