Bugbear’s Next Car Game has clocked up an impressive $1 million in sales, just one week after launching on Steam Early Access.
The demolition derby-inspired wreck-em-up might only have the bare bones of a game surrounding its alpha release but that hasn’t stopped would-be car-crushers from eviscerating stock cars as if they were tin cans…
Developer Bugbear found previous success with the FlatOut series of racing games, but were turned by a number of publishers when pitching their latest game. I’m not marketing expert but I can’t help feel the title may have had something to do with it. Nevertheless they persevered and started a Kickstarter, only to fall well short of the $350,000 goal, netting just over $80,000. Not ones to be beaten, the development team asked for funding on their official website, scooping up half a million. Add that to the $1 million earned from Early Access and they’re well on their way to a success story.
The current Early Access version of the game is certainly a bit bare bones, offering just a pair of trial courses and a 24-car destruction derby, with two cars to wreck to your heart’s content. What is there is pretty satisfying stuff though, with Next Car Game undoubtedly featuring some of the best car-smashing physics we’ve ever been privy to. Those into soft-body damage modeling and ridiculously over-the-top crashes need look no further. Look out for a full preview soon…
Next Car Game is available now via Steam Early Access for $29.99/£29.99/€23.99. A full release is expected in Q2 of this very year.
Have you taken the plunge and coughed up for an Early Access copy of Next Car Game?
Do you think this looks to be the definitive demolition racing experience?