Next Car Game Nets A Million Dollars In Its First Week Of Early Access

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 2:30 PM
System Requirements Optimum 1080p PC Build Low vs Ultra Screenshots GPU Performance Chart CPU List That Meet System Requirements GPU List That Meet System Requirements

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?

Login or Register to join the debate

Rep
405
Offline
admin approved badge
19:12 Jan-31-2014

I loved Flatouts on PS2 when i was little, i might buy this.

0
Rep
83
Offline
19:08 Jan-31-2014

i wish they would choose a proper name allready

0
Rep
131
Offline
17:30 Jan-31-2014

FlatOut 3: Ultimate Carnage was the best in my opinion.

0
Rep
405
Offline
admin approved badge
19:11 Jan-31-2014

I wouldn't call it Flatout 3, it was same as Flatout 2, only minor upgrades over F2. Would be nice to see a real F3. Maybe this game will be it :)

0
Rep
35
Offline
admin approved badge
16:13 Jan-31-2014

Good luck to them, i've been enjoying this enormously. Finally non-drifting based handling and overall Flatout 1-ish experience. :P Optimization has been slightly trippy in this early stage, but it is BugBear - they are going to optimize no matter what. :)

0
Rep
1,041
Offline
senior admin badge
15:25 Jan-31-2014

I like the tech demo, played at 1440p maxxed :3
but the handling is rather awful so far...

0
Rep
12
Offline
17:52 Jan-31-2014

There's a differences between awful and realistic.

0
Rep
26
Offline
admin approved badge
00:19 Feb-01-2014

Yeah the demo is fantastic. Even on weaker hardware (like mine) it ran at 60fps on max no matter what I did to try and slow the engine down. I just hope/wish they come up with an actual name. In terms of handling, its slightly unrealistic but still amazing fun to be drifting through stacks of blue tires of getting crushed by a load of barrels.

0

Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i9-10900X 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gigabyte Gaming OC 3X 8GB 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX 540X 2GB Mobile 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-4670 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti EVGA Gaming 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1440p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2080 EVGA XC Ultra Gaming 8GB 32GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB 8GB