Wreckfest is a new demolition derby themed racing game with soft-body damage modeling, sophisticated driving dynamics and in-depth vehicle upgrading, featuring both demolition derbies and more traditional track races. It’s all about fun, breakneck racing and over-the-top crashes.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,781 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 14, 2014

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Recent updates View all (25)

July 1

Hotfix 2015-07-01

First hotfix for yesterday's major update is out, addressing some of the more critical issues.

Please find the changelog here:

  • Fixed a bug with prediction causing massive lag with remote cars in multiplayer.
  • Fixed cars not being located to their start grid positions in multiplayer.
  • Fixed cars sometimes flying to space and through ground.
  • Fixed rendering being shattered after alt+tab in DX9.
  • Fixed leaderboards crashing beyond 50 entries.
  • Fixed menus receiving mouse input with Steam overlay active.
  • Fixed slow spherical camera rotation with mouse when a wheel is active.
  • Set wheel default speed sensitivity to zero.
  • Added camera shake intensity slider.

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June 30

Update 2015-06-30

As you have probably noticed, the latest update for Wreckfest was rolled out earlier today. The update marks a major milestone for the game since it's the first time that you will be able to experience our improved physics model as well as the new physically-based renderer. Some of you will be happy about the changes we've made, some unhappy, but please be aware that you should not expect a finalized product: there's still a lot of work ahead of us and this update is only a foundation on which the game will be build. Because of this, we'd very much like to hear what you like and especially what you don't. By giving us feedback, you can help us tune the direction of the game and strike a perfect balance.

We're aware of the technical issues that many of you are currently experiencing, and we're doing our best to sort everything out as soon as we can. We very much appreciate all the bug reports we've received so far, so please do keep the coming! When reporting issues, please remember to give us as much information about it (for example, reproduction steps) as well as your system specifications. One of the more critical ones we're aware of is the issue with the experimental x64 build crashing on some systems, and we're investigating the issue to have it fixed swiftly; in the meantime please use the 32-bit build.

Thanks for your patience and support!

Please find here the full changelog:

  • Added a 64bit executable.
  • Fixed out of memory errors with high texture quality (on systems with enough memory).

  • Implemented multi-body suspension physics.
  • Implemented physically based tire model.
  • Implemented proper clutch (no manual yet).
  • Improved visual damage accuracy from collisions.
  • Transferred physical vehicle parameters to a new data system for future modding support.
  • Improved accuracy of car-vs-car collisions.
  • Fixed car part simulation.
  • Fixed car-vs-environment visual damage.
  • Implemented surface bump for surfaces.

  • Implemented physically based renderer (PBR) enabling higher quality materials and lighting.
  • Implemented initial version of the DX11 renderer (pending optimization).
  • Implemented hardware multisample antialiasing (MSAA) up to 16x (resolution dependant).
  • Implemented foliage transparency antialiasing (alpha to coverage).

  • Controllers are now re-detected upon entering options.
  • Steering sensitivity slider range is now consistent with brake/accelerator sensitivity sliders.
  • Fixed crash when controller name contained non-ascii characters (like ©).
  • Fixed keyboard key unmapping.

  • Added new game mode: Team Race (2-4 teams).
  • Added new game mode: Elimination Race (2-4 teams).
  • Car is now slowed down and a HUD indicator shown when driving the wrong way / missing a checkpoint.
  • Implement race statistics collecting (per car stats accessible from car selector, per track stats from event selection).
  • Replay now tracks whether tires are lost or still attached.
  • Fixed an issue in which damage would occasionally carry over to single player after exiting a multiplayer game.
  • Increased maximum number of laps to 60 (replay may be cut short though).
  • Implemented more accurate lap time measurement.
  • Added Steam leaderboards.

  • Improved throttle and brake management.
  • Improved avoidance of other cars.
  • Improved starting grid behaviour.
  • AI now drives better on angled surface.

  • Implemented camera shake effect for collisions.
  • Cinematic camera can move along a predefined path (not used yet).
  • Improved replay camera positions on all tracks.

  • New car: American Muscle 3.
  • New car: European Coupe 2.
  • Added more alternative skins.

  • Car upgrade selections are now saved.
  • Added engine subcomponent upgrades (light on choice for now).

  • Added new oval track.
  • Added overhauled Sandpit track.
  • Improved AI splines.
  • Added pit areas (for future use).

User Interface:
  • Redline and max RPM in tachometer are now dynamic based on the engine.
  • Disabled shoddy looking RPM meter needle smoothing.
  • Split time to player in front of the player is now shown at certain split points during races.
  • Concise race standings are now shown in HUD during races.
  • Race winner is now shown in HUD.
  • In-race results overlay now always shows the top positions in addition to the player's.
  • In-race results overlay is now accessible in photo/replay/spectate modes.
  • Fixed various problems with in-game HUD in replay.
  • Added an option to hide HUD during races.
  • Player name overlay can be now hidden directly from replay UI.
  • Added photo mode hotkeys to cycle between car targets.
  • Graphics options are now adjustable from in-game settings menu.
  • Improved launcher layout for 720p screens.
  • Launcher is now not shown if settings loading succeeds.
  • Fixed a bug affecting primary graphics adapter detection.
  • Implemented scalable distance field fonts for use with new future UI.
  • Implemented borderless window mode for native full-screen resolution window.
  • Window should now remain mostly responsive during loading screens.
  • Kicking/banning is now possible with right-click context menu in lobby and in-race results overlay.
  • Input fields now support cursor movement for editing.

  • Implemented an option to change the track and event settings in lobby.
  • Added an option to change the car and upgrades in lobby.
  • Added an option to spectate a race in progress from lobby.
  • Implemented full photo mode instead of just track side camera in post-race spectator mode.
  • Host can now add AI bots.
  • Added server filtering options.
  • Remaining laps or time left is now shown in server browser when a race is in progress.
  • Implemented chat in respawn screen, spectator mode as well as during and after race (Enter to activate).
  • Added an option to game settings to disable in-race chat.
  • A speech bubble icon in now shown in lobby next to players that are currently typing a message.
  • Added an option for a player to change their team (max 12 players per team).
  • Added a host option to limit car class.
  • Added a host option to force same car model as host.
  • Added a host option to disable car resets.
  • Added a host option to set a custom server name.
  • Added a host option to set a welcome message (displayed when a client joins).
  • Implemented a vote kick/ban system.
  • Added an option to promote other players to moderators (can kick and ban) and admins (can adjust event/rules).
  • Third ban to same player results in the ban being automatic in subsequent games on the same host.
  • Players can retire from race in the pause menu (useful e.g. when hopelessly in a ditch on a no-reset server).
  • Lost tires are now synced from server.
  • Fixed wrong gear on clients after car reset or new race.
  • Fixed bugs in results calculation.
  • Improved client-side prediction.
  • Various server side fixes.

Dedicated Server:
  • Implemented first version of dedicated server (the server runs without a Steam account and uses considerably less RAM and CPU than the full game).
  • Implemented command line configuration.
  • Implemented remote configuration through game client.

  • Improved particle performance.

  • Improved audio positioning.
  • Added a beep to lobby race countdown.
  • Fixed curb sounds.

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About This Game

Wreckfest is a new demolition derby themed racing game with soft-body damage modeling, sophisticated driving dynamics and in-depth vehicle upgrading, featuring both demolition derbies and more traditional track races. It’s all about fun, breakneck racing and over-the-top crashes.

Expect epic crashes and tight, neck-to-neck fights over the finish line on run-down racing tracks. Expect proper demolition derbies. Expect brand new ways for metal to bend and the signature once-in-the-lifetime moments that can be achieved only with true-to-life physics simulation.

It’s a motorsport, but not just any motorsport. It’s a motorsport with attitude.

Unique Racing Experience

First and foremost, we’re building a FUN racing game with PERSONALITY. It’s all about the stuff that really matters: varied tracks, cool cars, and the defining once-in-the-lifetime moments that can be achieved only with true-to-life physics simulation. If you’re familiar with our previous games, you already know what we’re aiming at: exhilarating racing action with sophisticated physics and damage modeling, only this time we’re upping the ante on almost every front. This is the game we envisioned way back in the early 2000s, only re-imagined for today’s technology and gaming standards.

Awesome Cars

The cars are old, cheap, banged up, patched together, rusty… just awesome! In short, our cars ooze with STYLE. You won’t find anything like them in other racing games. We’ve got variety, as well: everyone loves the old American heavy-hitters from the muscle car era, but we’re not neglecting the fun little European and Asian cars from the long-gone decades either. The best part is that you’ll be taking them apart and building them back up again in your garage; the career is as much about your garage and your project cars as it is about racing.

Exciting Engine

Our in-house ROMU engine is a hell-bent beast that's precision-engineered for high-speed, breakneck racing. We have also already implemented fully deformable soft body car damage, meaning that the cars will react to damage in a very tangible, convincing way. While we're focused on action, motorsport authenticity is not forgotten, either. To that end our engine is simulating vehicle dynamics in a very sophisticated fashion. Rolling resistances, casters and slip angles are definitely not ancient Greek to us, and you as the player will be the one benefiting from our expertise.


The current Early Access release contains four playable cars and a number of tracks, showcasing both white-knuckle track racing and explosive demolition derby action with 24 cars that will give you taste of things to come. During the coming months we’re going to give the game a lot of polish as well as implement many new exciting features, and all Early Access supporters have a unique opportunity to get involved in the development of the title!

We’ve also giving a playable Technology Sneak Peek 2.0 to all our Early Access supporters. The sneak peek features a playground that we use internally to test various features various like car damage and environment destruction. Version 2.0 includes new destructive machinery, more dynamic stuff to blow up, spectacular stunts and an awesome physics cannon that we use to play with our physics engine. With the physics cannon you too will now have a chance to cause mayhem to heart’s content by launching missiles, throwing stuff around and destroying the environment as well as the cars!

  • Online multiplayer.
  • LAN multiplayer.
  • Five cars: American Muscle I & II, European Hatchback, American Sedan and European Coupe, with unique handling traits.
  • A number of different performance and handling upgrades, replicating selected real-world parts.
  • A number of race tracks including Tarmac, Sandpit, Figure 8 and Speedway, featuring both normal and reverse layouts.
  • Three different derby stadiums: a large stadium, small stadium and a mud pit.
  • Various race and derby game modes including Team Deathmatch with up to (!) 24 cars, all with dynamic damage.
  • Soft-body car damage physics system that doesn't need a super computer - even online!
  • Highly configurable support for force-feedback wheels, pedals and H-shifters.
  • Dynamic content that reacts realistically – fences and billboards break down, tires fly around.
  • In-game Photo Mode and Replay with a number of cameras, configurable field-of-view and depth-of-field.
  • BONUS: A playable Technology Sneak Peek 2.0 - Have fun in the physics playground!


Wreckfest is currently in early Pre-Alpha stage, and the Early Access version is going to serve as a basis on which we will continue building the game based on your feedback on what works and what doesn't. Throughout the Early Access phase we're going to gradually add more content and new features to the game, with some of the most important key features planned being:

  • Improved car damage and handling.
  • More cars, each with different stylings and performance.
  • More race tracks and derby stadiums with varying surfaces.
  • More dynamic content on the tracks to drive through and crash into.
  • Highly configurable multiplayer with a variety of modes.
  • Extensive player garage and car upgrading system.
  • In-game classifieds to buy and sell cars and parts.
  • Streamlined and polished user interface.
  • Improved graphics quality and performance.

Please note that all features mentioned here may be altered or removed during the development of the title if deemed necessary.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GTX 260 or ATI Radeon HD 5770
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5, AMD Phenom II X4 or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570, AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
Helpful customer reviews
48 of 75 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Early Access Review

According to their blog, there is an impending update. Recommending for the sheer fact that is car demolition.
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
105.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Early Access Review
New update has ruined this game in my eyes. The game has nowhere near the active destruction anymore than it used to which made the game fun when in destruction derby and wrecking racing modes. The new handling model is "Realistic" bu has sucked all of the fun out of this game, this stems from the racing modes to the derby content.

The changes to derby mode might just be the worst thing of all. The other issues I can ignore and wait for a fix, however, the new derby mode has no balance and is no fun at all anymore. Your car takes more damage during crashes than any opponent does and the car deformation looks worse than it ever has before. The deformation of the cars has been downplayed to the point that it may aswell not be there anymore, the Flatout games in my opinion now have more satisfying demolition derby gameplay with better car deformation and better controls. I also believe that anyone without a racing wheel setup is thrown to the wayside, as steering and accelaration controls with the new handling engine are not up to par.

Over all, I Adore this game. But I simply cannot recommend this game anymore after this most recent update. Thats not even mentioning that we waited 9 months for this update to go live and all it did was suck any sence of fun out of this game and make it a boring sim game with extremely poor performance and lack luster gameplay. Maybe if the developers provide a rollback feature to allow the users who dislike the new handling model to play the FUN version of the game, I will play this game again. But if this game carries on in its current direction then I cannot folow it.

Best of luck to the developers on this project and I must thank them for the 100 hours of fun that I had leading up to this point.

EDIT - after the hotfix today 01/07/2015 a few of my key issues with the title have been addressed. The Alt+Tab crashing issue has been fixed and the awful shaky camera has recieved an option in the menu to be turned down or off completely. Overall I still cannot recommend this game, however, the developers are cleary working hard to get the game up and running again and the latest hotfix has helped to make the game more playable. The performance of the game is still a joke with "optimisation" being praised as having crowds and other background objects removed to save memory, although I still see no difference in performance from the previous versions on my rig. If the fixes become more frequent and the developers start to communicate with their players more often then I will consider changing my review of this game. This is a good step in the right direction, keep at it!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Early Access Review
Complete garbage, waited months for an update that made the game run like complete ♥♥♥♥ and changed the cars to handle more like a sim. I have no idea why you would want this kind of handling in a destruction/derby game.

Regardless of which side of the sim/arcade racer you're on I still would not recommend this under any circumstance because of how slow this game has gotten content. Unless Bugbear lights a major fire under their ♥♥♥ this game will not be completed for years. One of my first early access games I have ever bought and I regret it 100%.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
419.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Early Access Review
||||| My review after the update June 30 |||||

There are some days... I was impatient to see the update coming,

And now ...

I look forward to return to the old version.


||||| Mon avis après la mise à jour du 30 Juin |||||

Il ya quelques jours, j'étais impatient de voir la mise à jour à sortir,

Maintenant ...

Je suis impatient de revenir à l'ancienne version.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
84.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Early Access Review
Don't try this in its current state, wait for an update or two but keep an eye on it! It was the most enjoyable car game I played in a decade before the last update finally arrived and I have faith in Bugbear to sort it out and deliver something great in the end.

The problems are mostly of technical nature at the moment: the networking is all messed up and the game is inferior to its previous state graphically and performance wise; but these issues can be solved in a couple of updates.

I'm still undecided on the new physics, I really liked the middle ground between sim and arcade racer before the update, now it is much closer to realism. Driving feels good on tarmac, not so much on gravel or mud. Cars are less prone to flip or fly leading to fewer spectacular crashes. Will see how it will do on the long run.

Update after hotfix: On one hand the online component is back to being mostly OK, on the other performance took an even bigger hit - now it is nearly unplayable on my aging laptop that handled the game quite nicely before.
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