Carmageddon: Reincarnation, quite literally reincarnated by original franchise developer Stainless Games via Kickstarter, will now be coming to next-gen consoles. The project's original Kickstarter raised over $600,000 to develop the game fo PC. Almost a year later the studio has picked up $3.5 million in independent investment to bring Carmageddon to what we assume will be the PlayStation 4 and the next-gen Xbox.
Stainless Games CEO Patrick Buckland wants to make sure fans understand this isn't a partnership with a third party -- the independence of the project remains intact:
"We are delighted to have fully funded Carmageddon: Reincarnation without having to go outside of the collective of our own company, shareholders and fans. It allows us to maintain a true independence and creative control whilst not having to compromise quality or content by budgetary constraints."
My first thought hearing this announcement was whether or not it would affect the independence of the project or the status of the PC game Kickstarters backed. Certainly, $3.5 million on top of $600,00 changes the scope of the project immensely. The true effects of this investment will likely take some time to realize -- Stainless has yet to update Kickstarter backers on the game's page.
Previously aimed for release in Q3/Q4 of 2013, it's likely Carmageddon: Reincarnation might be delayed at least somewhat. If Stainless isn't using this investment to make a bigger game, well... I guess porting games to consoles is a lot more expensive than PC development. Hopefully that old timey figure speech doens't hold true, "Mo' money, mo' problems."
Hopefully we'll see more of Carmageddon: Reincarnation (like the game itself) soon.