In what would come to be called the Krautrock movement, bands like Can and Faust blended psychedelic and progressive rock with experimental electronics and a kick of jazz, riding rock off its rigid rails to create their own trippy paths. Yet that’s not why Krautscape is called Krautscape. No, while it may be playing at the same with racing, it’s ostensibly named after a fictional character with a hilarious name who dreamed of flying cars, Dr. von Krautkopf.
See, Krautscape has freeform tracks created by the whims and fancies of the leading racer, while chasing players can pop their wings to glide off-track and chase them down. The game’s not quite ready to soar yet, but you can still lay down some smooth tracks as it’s now hit Steam Early Access.
The developers say they expect to launch within 3-5 months, hoping to use Early Access to make sure online play is stable enough. It’s a multiplayer-only affair, I should add, with LAN play and splitscreen too. They also plan a “big update” making cars and tracks a little more varied.
Krautscape will run you £5.59, a bit cheaper than it’ll be at launch.