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Wreckfest

7 days ago

THQ Nordic buy the studios behind Wreckfest and Goat Simulator

THQ Nordic have gobbled up yet more studios, today announcing they've bought Bugbear Entertainment and Coffee Stain Studios. Bugbear are the smash-happy Finnish studio behind racing games including Wreckfest and the first three FlatOuts, while Coffee Stain made FPS tower defence series Sanctum and wack 'em up Goat Simulator as well as publishing games including Deep Rock Galatic. It sounds like they broadly plan to…

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5 months ago

Feature: Smashing

Wreckfest is a splendid antidote to po-faced racing sims

I am not one who subscribes to the school of games criticism where each game is compared to others in its field. Firstly, because you may as well just plot the game on a graph for all the lack of detail and nuance this provides, and secondly because to be meaningful it really depends upon the reader's having a working knowledge of every other game.…

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Wreckfest has smashed out of early access

After four years of crashing, smashing, bashing, and dashing around early access, Wreckfest today finally launches in full. It's the new (well... new-ish now, I suppose) racer from FlatOut creators Bugbear, who previously called it just Next Car Game, and it certainly has pretty destruction effects. Wreckfest is crossing the finish line with an update including a new destruction derby arena, new parts and paint…

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6 months ago

Wreckfest smashing out of early access after 1611 days

Smash-happy racer Wreckfest will finally leave early access after 1611 days and launch in full this month, publishers THQ Nordic announced today. It's been a long journey for developers Bugbear Entertainment (who also created FlatOut) and the game they once called Next Car Game, from a failed crowdfunding campaign in 2013, through early access, picking up a publisher, and being delayed so many times. It's…

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1 year ago

Feature: A physics delight

Have you played… Next Car Game: Wreckfest?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. There was a time, before even rudimentary physics, when a football in a football game felt like it was glued to the feet of your players. Next Car Game: Wreckfest makes every other driving game feel as if the cars are stapled to…

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THQ Nordic help Wreckfest cross the finish line this year

After three years (and counting) in early access, smashbash racing game Wreckfest should finally launch in full this year. Publishers THQ Nordic today announced their "cooperation" with developers Bugbear Entertainment, joining forces to help give the game a shove across the finish line later this year. Wreckfest, to refresh your memory, is the new smash-o-racer from the creators of Flatout, who Kickstarted it in 2013…

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2 years ago

Stir Up Major Mischief in Wreckfest Devs’ Stuntfest

Anything is possible in Wreckfest developers Bugbear Entertainment's latest, Stuntfest [official site]. Its main purpose is to build things so you can blow them up. It is an excellent opportunity to observe the ways your car and the scrap metal creations you build can implode, explode, topple, or even sail into the sun. Who knows? While Stuntfest holds to the law of physics pretty faithfully, Bugbear…

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3 years ago

Wreckfest Goes Lawnmower Racing

All I know about sit-on lawnmowers comes from David Lynch's The Straight Story and Hank Hill. They seem sedate, pleasant things. I do not consider them high-speed deathracers. Well, I didn't, until I saw Wreckfest [official site] developers Bugbear added lawnmowers to their smashtastic racer in the latest big Early Access update, along with ragdoll physics for riders flung from their mowers in the carnage.…

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Feature: It Begins

Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 1

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we'll be offering our picks - based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day one of the sale.

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4 years ago

Crunch Brunch: Next Car Game Is Now Wreckfest

Bugbear are the modern masters of vehicular carnage, as exemplified by their efforts in the FlatOut series, which fell flat on its carface when development duties were handed to a new studio. Their latest title, currently in Early Access, has been known simply as Next Car Game, but it has a proper title now - Wreckfest. That's almost exactly how describe the sort of greasy…

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5 years ago

Feature: Chewing the FlatOut

Impressions: Next Car Game

It's been a long time since the FlatOut series last left a good impression. When development duties moved away from Bugbear, the franchise played a game of chicken with an eighteen-wheeler and turned into an unhappy metal pancake. Now, the originators of the smashing racing spectacle are back with the thrillingly titled Next Car Game. Having pulled into the pitstop of Steam Early Access yesterday,…

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