Remember that awesome 80s pastel colored game Drift Stage I showed you a while back? Well they are one step closer to finishing it but they are turning to crowd-funding via Kickstarter to get them across the finish line (pun activate!). Along with the Kickstarter the team behind Drift Stage, Super Systems Softworks has released a bunch of new information about their game including its real inspiration, game modes, car types, and more.
For them, Drift Stage was inspired by old school racing games that used the drift mechanic such as Outrun 2, Ridge Racer, and Daytona USA. This explains their choice to blend pixel art with 3D models for their art style. As far as what you can do in the game, Super Systems Softworks announced that they plan to include the following game modes: Single Race, Time Trial, Infinite Drift, Daily Challenges, Career Mode, Workshop, and Local/Online Multiplayer. While most of those modes are self-explanatory, the two that are really grabbing my interest are the Infinite Drift, and Workshop modes.
Infinite Drift is a checkpoint style racing mode that continues on forever on a randomly generated track which sounds awesome. Workshop mode goes beyond just modifying cars but actually includes a track editor as well. That’s right, players can create their own drift courses! How cool is that?!
In addition to the game modes the team also announced 6 of the cars that will be playable (although they say there are more unannounced cars). Though the cars are technically fictional, a close look at them shows that they are inspired by 80s cars like the Toyota Corolla, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari 308, etc.
Their Kickstarter goal to finish the game is $30,000. Even though the campaign just launched today, the team as already received 239 backers to the tune of $8,565 as of the writing of this post. That’s almost a third of the way there and there is still 29 days left to back the game. For a pledge of $10 backers will receive a DRM free digital copy of the game, access to backer forums, and their name in the credits. Pledge more and rewards include extras such as early access, digital download of the game sound track, vinyl stickers, and shirts. There was a special reward of getting a customized billboard in the game for anyone who pledged $500 or more but those are all gone!
Perhaps the best part of this news is that Super Systems Softworks has also released a free demo of the game to everyone who wants to try it out right now! The downside is it looks like the developers are only targeting PCs (Windows, Mac, Linux, Steam) as their release platform. It would be really awesome if there was a stretch goal to get this game on consoles via Xbox Live Arcade and/or PlayStation Network but as of now it looks like there are no such plans. Those who strictly game on their PCs are in luck though provided that Drift Stage meets its goal. While I can’t see into the future (yet) I would feel pretty safe on betting that Drift Stage will hit its goal and thensome based on its early results.
Oh, they also released a new trailer for the game which you can view below. If you want to check out the official Kickstarter page hit the source link below the video.
[Source: Drift Stage Kickstarter]