When Stainless Games announced the return of the Carmageddon franchise earlier this month, it was the result of prolonged negotiations between them and the IP owner.
Originally SCI had the license and despite several attempts at reaching an agreement for a new game in the series, one never materialized before Square Enix bought SCI in 2009. Square Enix, rather surprisingly, was willing to sell off some of its newly acquired IP, and Stainless was able to buy the license off them. “We paid real money for it though”, says Stainless CEO Patrick Buckland.
These details have been revealed in an interview with Buckland by Gamasutra. He claims that there is still huge fan buzz for Carmageddon, despite the time gone by since the last game: “There are very few games out there that can really make people laugh their heads off,” he said.
“It’s not a substitute for gameplay — you won’t get away with just a sense of humor — but by having a sense of humor that’s what makes it stand out, and what gives it a special place in a lot of people’s hearts. People remember Carmageddon in a way they don’t seem to remember a lot of others games.”
He also promises that they won’t mess too much with the basic formula of the series, and that the running over of pedestrians will still be a mainstay of the game’s special brand of humor: “We have to make sure we don’t spoil the fun for the player. … In Red Dead Redemption, if you even started and try to shoot people or run them over, the game came down on you like a ton of bricks and you couldn’t get away from it. … We want to be on the other side of the spectrum, if we slap their wrist a bit and say and tell them ‘Ooh, don’t do that’ without spoiling the game, then we’ll be fine.”
Carmageddon: Reincarnation will be out through digital distribution at some point, but neither timeframe nor platforms have been announced.