Stainless hopes to fund new Carmageddon through Kickstarter (updated)


Stainless Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund Carmageddon: Reincarnation, a reboot of its chaotic, and bloody, vehicular combat series.

The third game, Carmadgeddon TDR 2000, was released 12 years ago, and the studio is hoping to raise $400,000 to develop Reincarnation.

It will be released digitally and, according to the game's Kickstarter page, be inspired by the "classic environments, cars, drivers and power-ups from the original, but dragged screaming and kicking into the current state of the rendered art".

Those who donate have the chance to be digitised as a driver or doomed pedestrian, or even help to design one of the final tracks.

This is one of the more interesting projects in the recent rush to Kickstarter: Stainless is a UK company, and Kickstarter is typically restricted to permanent residents of the United States. In an email, Stainless co-founder Neil Barnden explains what the studio has done to ensure it complies with Kickstarter's terms.

"[Kickstarter] uses Amazon Payments, which means that anyone setting up a Kickstarter account must have a US company and a US bank account in order to comply with US tax laws," he tells us. "As we've discovered, this is not a trivial undertaking.

"We've worked very closely with a US lawyer to ensure that we've fulfilled the requirements – it's been really time-consuming and actually delayed the Carmageddon Reincarnation launch by over three weeks. As the site's popularity continues to grow, we hope that Kickstarter is able to overcome regulatory regimes in other countries."

At the time of writing, the project already has 2,652 backers and has reached $98,334 with 28 days to go.

You can read our Making Of Carmageddon here.