Carmageddon: Reincarnation to run over Steam Early Access in Q1 2014 [Update]

Carmageddon: Reincarnation rides onto Steam Early Access in Q1 2014, the full game hitting PC and "next-gen consoles" later in the year. The Kickstarted-revived driver will also come to Mac and Linux, although Stainless Games isn't slamming those versions with a release date just yet. Stainless didn't reveal exactly how much will be included in the Early Access version, but did note content will be added to it across several months.

After successfully funding Reincarnation last year, Stainless Games received a further $3.5 million in investment to bring the game to next-gen platforms, understood to be both Xbox One and PS4.

Update: Stainless Games has since clarified that all Kickstarter and PayPal backers that pledged at least $15 for a copy of Carmageddon: Reincarnation will receive the final version of the game along will every piece of subsequent DLC "for the rest of time."
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Carmageddon: Reincarnation Early Access Release programme announced
Thursday, 26th September 2013. Isle of Wight, UK. Stainless Games today announced that it is to launch an Early Access release programme for its car combat game, "Carmageddon: Reincarnation", during Q1 of 2014. Early Access will be available for PC, via Steam.

"Early Access" is an option that's becoming an increasingly popular delivery method, as it allows fans to start playing the game before the "final release" date. The Early Access game will be released with a number of levels, cars and game modes, and more content will then be added in updates over the following months.

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.)

Jason Garber, Publishing Director at Stainless Games said, "We are delighted to be making this announcement today. Anticipation for the arrival of this new chapter in the life of the Carmageddon Brand has been building since we regained the rights. The existing Carmageddon community and a whole new generation of fans is out there waiting for this, and with Early Access on Steam they'll be able to play, engage with us and give feedback as we continue towards the full release."

Carmageddon: Reincarnation will reintroduce the gaming public to the anarchic physics playground, where your car is your weapon and the world is awash with crazy power-ups, adrenaline pumping events and mad challenges. The original Carmageddon was released in 1997, and pioneered the concept of "drive anywhere, play the way you want to play" gaming. It was both celebrated and controversial in equal measure, winning awards while gaining notoriety as the poster child for everything that's wrong – and therefore right – in videogames.

Neil Barnden, Stainless Co-Founder and Brand Director said, "We're really excited that the world will soon have Carmageddon unleashed upon it again. The good, the bad, and the elderly... they're all fair game on the streets of Bleak City where the cars are carnivores and the cows' bowels are loosening. Max Damage is BACK – and he wants to make a hood ornament out of your granny's giblets!"

The new game will also be released on next gen console during 2014, with Mac and Linux versions coming too.

Stainless Games CEO Patrick Buckland said, Stainless Games CEO Patrick Buckland said, "Carmageddon: Reincarnation is coming. You cannot run. You cannot hide. All you can do is to play it, or die."

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."

This article was originally published on Joystiq.