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Revving Up: Carmageddon Gets Last Early Access Update

Carmageddon: Reincarnation [official website] is very nearly out of Early Access Beta, which means you can start feverishly throwing together Finish Line puns while I grit my teeth.

The game’s last ever Early Access update is now out, which stabilises a few known issues, game crashes included, and sets a new maximum count of six cars in multiplayer.

And yes, Stainless Games is aware this sounds slightly odd. Jumping out ahead of the expected complaints, they write:

“‘But why the 6 Car MP maximum?’ we hear you cry. Simply, because it results in a vastly more stable and smooth MP experience. The game has been developed from the beginning around a 6 car grid, and all the early benchmarking for complexity of models and the tech requirements were based on this number. But there was an ‘aspiration’ within the team to push the MP number up. We tried… and it didn’t come off. So, we’ve finished up where we strongly expected to be – with the Multiplayer game being the equivalent car-wrecking experience to the Single Player, and vice-versa. And during extensive testing over the past few months it’s clear that the MP game plays as well if not better by following the Single Player setup.”

You can also expect improvements to car AI and pathfinding, alongside a new feature that lets you easily throw your own audio into the background.

On a final note, the Complete Carmageddon Collection, which includes everything your road raging heart could desire, will only be avvailable while Reincarnation is in Early Access. In other words: Not for much longer. So if you buy yourself a copy of Carmageddon: Reincarnation then you’ll also get the original Carmageddon (the Max Pack, which includes the Splat Pack), Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now and Carmageddon TDR 2000 for free.

As the devs said last month, they’re pushing the release date back by one month, from April 23rd to May 21st.

Anyway, take a look at the delightfully Monty Pythonian trailer below.

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