By Craig Pearson on February 17th, 2014 at 10:00 am.
BeamNG.drive reads like someone is attempting to talk after a visit to the dentist, though I’ve no idea what they’d be saying or what the context would be. “Brian, Drive!”, maybe? Now that Brian has the wheel, I can pay more attention to what BeamNG.drive actually is: a game about the joy of realistically crumpling cars. It’s been out for a while, though it still remains an alpha with some big plans rather than a fully-formed game. I think the devs need to sell more to realise that dream, so they’re taking to Greenlight in the hopes of grabbing that Steam bump. Trailer is below.
The current game has seven vehicles, with seven environments to scrape pieces of your car on, but there are hopes to expand that into a more detailed simulation.
The vehicle customization and detail will allow you to make your car or truck all your own – fix it up, upgrade it, or strip away body panels to reduce weight. There are a lot of different types of gameplay we want to implement beyond just racing and crashing, such as police chases, stunt challenges, and other specialized minigames. Eventually we would like to have some kind of single player open world career mode, with persistent vehicle ownership and procedurally generated used vehicles to buy and events to run them in.
But they need a community to build all that for, and to bring multiplayer to the world as well. And if the new trailer doesn’t convince you, there’s still a tech demo with some convincing crashing. I really enjoyed it.
*clicks the upthumb*