Distance Learning: A Mini Documentary For Future Racer

I eye all videogame documentaries with suspicion, because most of them are made by the developers themselves, or at least with their necessary involvement, which means that the likes of Free to Play, Looking For Group and the Football Manager Documentary all have marketing intent. That doesn’t meant that they can’t also be entertaining of course, which is what this Distance mini-documentary manages. It’s the first part of a video series looking at the creation of the futuristic racing game and its free predecessor Nitronic Rush, and it offers enough detail and footage from early prototypes to offers some insight into the game creation process.

Here’s part one:

There’s no timeline on future episodes, but they’ll all be posted on the team’s YouTube channel in due course.

The documentary was posted in part to commemorate the original release of Nitronic Rush on 11/11/11, which is notable for two reasons. One is that it’s been three years already since the release of the original prototype, with all it saw-blades and neon and flying physics. Despite Distance being announced, succeeding on Kickstarter, and launching into private beta in the time since, it doesn’t that feel that long ago.

The second is that the developers were silly enough to release their student game on the same day as Skyrim. Don’t do that! For a hint of what to expect from Distance, you can still download and play Nitronic Rush for free.

2 Comments

  1. Urthman says:

    Why on earth, if you’ve already got a memorable, easily googlable name like Nitronic Rush, which already has lots of goodwill among fans of your genre, would you switch to such a generic, forgetable name like…what’s their new game called again? D… Driver something?

    • TechnicalBen says:

      1) Doing the right thing. They are not “Nitronic Rush”. That was a different group, and it was made as a college project etc. There are both legal and social implications of taking that name forwards (college may have claims to materials, other contributes claims to the name/art/systems/feel). Bands sometimes do it when they split off, only one gets to keep the name, both cannot have it.

      2) Distance is still quite nice. Though as you said I forgot the name once or twice, but when it launches, if it gets the buzz, it will be a well known name.