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.
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Release Date: Jan 14, 2014

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August 27

Wreckfest Status Update

Dear Wreckers! It's been a while since our last update, and while we're still working on the next one we thought it would be a perfect time to look at the current status of the game and give you guys some idea on what we have in store for you. As you have no doubt noticed the development speed has picked up considerably this year and we've now reached the point at which we will start addressing features that are still missing or otherwise lacking in quality. In other words, it's time to put in all the stuff that will make Wreckfest a complete game!

TRACKS
We already have a pretty nice amount of tracks in the game, and with a couple of new ones in the pipeline the next major step is to bring what we already have to final level of polish. Mostly this means adding proper starting and pitting areas, crowds, a wider variety of props and other racing related set dressings, in other words all those details that will make the tracks seem like authentic racing environments. We've also been getting some feedback that the tracks are currently somewhat dull and don't offer nearly enough opportunities for crashes. We hear you, and we're going to add more props to enable that kind of gameplay, we just have to be super careful since we don't want the environments look like you'd be racing in a fantasy world. Oh and by the way, we're also looking to improve the visual quality of the environments even further and to that end we've already done some test with using photogrammetry-sourced assets. Boy, do they look great!



See the larger version here.

CARS
Yes, new cars! Everyone loves new cars, and we're going to deliver. In addition to completely new cars we're also expanding the vehicle pool by adding race-ready folk-racing versions of the existing cars that will look more rugged, offer better performance and generally just be badass. The new versions are not replacing the old ones; instead the idea is that the player will start with a cheap version of the car and obtain gradually better ones during the single-player career. We're also working to improve the visual details of the cars such as rust decals to make them look realistic. Speaking of cars, handling is also something that we're constantly evaluating but before making any drastic changes we need to be sure they are for the good of the game and something the majority of you folks would like. This is also something that you can help us by giving us feedback!

CAREER
We just mentioned career, didn't we? A proper career is something that many of you have been looking forward to, and it's not really surprising to us since for many players a proper career that will see you starting from the bottom and working your way up is the meat of the game. This considered we're happy to let you know that we're indeed working on one, and it will mostly follow the traditional format where you play through variety of cups, earning money and experience and gaining access to gradually higher level events and better cars. Our goal is to make the career a meaningful experience without too much micro-management that will hamper the core gameplay, meaning that we will be also reconsidering some of the features that are already implemented such as part repairing and crew management. If something doesn't make sense to us or fit the bill it will be cut or reworked, so now is a perfect time to voice your opinion – what do you like and what not? What would you like to see?

USER INTERFACE
You're probably already used to the temporary user interface that we've had right from the beginning, right? It's something we put together very quickly and it has served its purpose but we're actually now working on replacing it. The new one will be more modern, streamlined, and offer considerably better usability. We're looking forward to share some screenshots of the actual interface with you soon but to give you some idea of the new style here's a HUD concept (not final, mind you):



See the larger version here.

That pretty much covers it for now. We know that many of you would like to ask about a specific feature and yes, nothing is final yet and we will keep on improving all aspects of the game based on the feedback we receive. As you can see there's still work to be done but most of the legwork is now done so it's more or less a question of actually improving what we have and putting in what will eventually make Wreckfest a proper game. We're humbled by the fact that you've been sticking with us for this ride and we're very grateful for your on-going support. We're sure you'll love it when you will be able to finally see the game taking its final shape in front of your eyes. Most of us are on holiday right now, but we'll back in full force within a couple of weeks!

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July 29

Update 2016-07-29



Here we go – the latest update for Wreckfest is out!

As always the update contains a host of important fixes and improvements based on the feedback we're received, but without any doubt the highlights of this update are the new Mixed 3 track as well as badass folk-racing inspired version of the European 3 car, as pictured in the title image. Being a low-tier beater version of European 3 car, this new car offers you a first glimpse of how the career of the game will work, with players starting from the bottom and working their way up to better events with better cars.

Other than that we've made an effort to improve the new health system so it should make more sense and support the type of gameplay we want to encourage. We've also improved all cars by tweaking the suspension setups, fixing some of the aerodynamic properties, improving gear shift logic as well as tuning the driving assists, and as a result the actual business of racing should feel better no matter what your skill level. And finally, modders now have an ability to finetune AI routes as well as view trackside cameras.

Please find full details below:

  • Added a new work-in-progress track, Mixed 3.
  • Added a folk-racing variant of European 3.
  • It now requires heavy hits to cause any damage to the chassis in case the body panels are almost or fully intact.
  • Low to moderate jumps no longer cause damage to the chassis health on landing unless chassis is in critical condition.
  • Health bars now display correct reading also in replays.
  • Improved car cameras and related effects.
  • Improved shifting logic for automatic gearbox.
  • It's now possible to skip gears when downshifting (i.e. shift directly from 3rd to 1st, for example).
  • Improved Stability and Traction Control assists to make them more useable.
  • Exposed developer track data and trackside camera visualization, racing line adjust tool, and free camera for modded tracks.
  • Use the tilde key ~ (the key below ESC that resembles a squiggly worm) to access the developer menu and F11 to enable free camera.
  • Added an ability to set effects to panel release and unlocking (not used for official cars just yet).
  • Fixed buggy checkpoints on Speedway 1 and Tarmac 2.
  • Improved AI routes on a number of tracks.
  • Fixed rough geometry in the Sandpit 3 intersection causing cars to flip.
  • Added more grass to Sandpit 3.
As always, thanks for your continued support! Any feedback you have, we'd love to hear it.

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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.

EARLY ACCESS FEATURES

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!

  • NEW: Steam Workshop support!
  • Extensive modding support: create and modify cars, tracks, physics and a lot more.
  • Full mod support in multiplayer.
  • Online multiplayer with 24 players.
  • Dedicated server support.
  • LAN multiplayer.
  • Eight cars: American Muscle I, II & III, European Hatchback, American Sedan, European Coupe I & II and Asian Coupe, each with unique handling traits.
  • A number of different performance and handling upgrades, mimicking selected real-world parts.
  • A number of gravel, mixed surface and tarmac race tracks, many inspired by real-world tracks, featuring both normal and reverse layouts.
  • Many fan-favorite tracks like Figure 8 and Speedway I & II, guaranteed to offer total destruction with 24 cars.
  • Four different derby stadiums: Speedbowl, Stadium, Small Stadium and 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!

UPCOMING FEATURES

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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ X2 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce® GTX™ 460 or AMD Radeon™ HD 6450
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 or AMD Phenom™ II X4
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX™ 570 or AMD Radeon™ HD 7750
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
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Lunamari
1.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 24
If you are looking for a sim. racing game, this is not for you. If you are looking for a great arcade style racing game from the days of test drives and Need for Speeds (When they were good on the PS) this is your game. If you playied the orginial Demo. Derby & Demo. Derby 2 on the Playstation, this feels just like it. It just has alot better graphics, and handles much better once you get use to it. Everybody that is bad mouthing this game either don't understand what kind on game it is going into it, or just enjoys bashing other games because its not Call of Duty or Halo. The Game is not perfect, but It's not a multi-millon dollar production either. 4 out of 5.
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Saucy Soup
0.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 23
Product received for free
This game is pretty good but it's not the moth's balls because my pc can't run it.
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ElProto
21.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 19
speedy speedy crashy crashy simulator 2016

10/10 would buy again
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Jeremy Clarkson
255.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 14
One of the best driving games since destruction Derby on the ps2. I have and would recommend this game to anyone. Great players online, great tracks. Hours of fun
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84 of 124 people (68%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
51.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 26
I hate u bugbear.
Actually 35 bucks for this ♥♥♥♥?? Rly?
Back in 2014, when i bought this “game“, i really thought this could be the next car game, but nowadays with no real progress im totally upset. This is nothing more than a demo!
Save ur money, wreckfest is dead.
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42 of 64 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,288.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 1
warning, pay 2 be a tester, then pay again 4 the full release. stunfest incoming, wreckfest is not a complete game, or anywhere near finished.

as far as im aware their is a new game called stuntfest, bugbear couldnt afford 2 finish wreckfest because they remade the game engine, so they release another ea game 2 generate revenue 2 finish wreckfest.

as far are early access goes the company is bankrupt so by the time they file for bankruptcy, is their a refund policy? i dont know who pays it, steam or bugbear.

ye sure ive had my monies worth but i doubt noobs would appreciate this game now the servers are near dead and the community is being split between 2 unfinished games. its worth mentioning that their is a good modder community behind this but the dev team is 1 of the worst ive known and in the 2 years ive been playing most of the community has left because of bad updates and general lack of effort, these arnt just random players either, these are community members who run the servers and the largest community group has been disbanded, others are rising 2 take its place but i will wait till full release until i could possibly recommend this game.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
536.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 13
As a moderately experienced admin (9 months work on Cobra's servers), we decided to quit hosting on this game for many reasons 5 months ago. I have plenty of great memories with friends, wrecking cars on daily basis and laughing our asses off during that time. I saw the major updates to the game during that time, some of them made it worse, some of them better.

But, I decided to revisit the game some days ago. My god, I just utterly felt really bad about it.
My brains just can't cope with the fact, that how much BB has managed to destroy the game in my past 5 months of absence from the game. I literally almost cried, because this game had produced such good memories with people around the world, who have come down to enjoy some fun car wrecking, and I was glad to be part of that huge joy around fellow people enjoying the game.

I mean, when I started it again, it felt just utter c**p. Just c**p, pure c**p. Previosly adjusted manual gearbox controls perfected the gaming to extreme, only to found out, that they have modified those again, and this time, they are the worst they've ever been. And they also modified the camerawork, one of the things, that was also perfect in the game. They ruined that as well with those adjustments and additions.

I can't put this pain I'm having inside my head, into words. Once the most promising racing game has just gone from the alley to the ditch. It just hurts after such a great memories, all the dedicated work, all the difficult times and situations.


Good memories will be with me always, but, they can't hide the fact, that many of us are extremely dissappointed about this product and the devs. Sorry BB, you didn't do well.
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24 of 35 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 2
Two and a half years later and the "progress" is dormant. Nothing is new with this idea and that's all this is. Invest your money elsewhere.
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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 4
I had actually forgotton all about this game until a friend mentioned it, but for the record, this is just another 'game' that has jumped onto the Early Access train to sodoffsville. It is nothing more than a boring massively overpriced tech demo. I seriously urge everybody to think hard about buying into the EA platform until steam has some standards.

Just like many other companies they are talking about a new game (Stuntfest), when the one for sale is nowhere near finished.

If you enjoy the feeling of being mugged in broad daylight then by all means buy it. If you are a sane person, simply AVOID.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 13
the idea of the game is cool if you like things like dirt track racing in the old days which in my opinion was really fun. the only gripe I have is development time. however as previously pointed out, the game has been updated here and there and has been making general progress. price is a bit steap for the stage it was in when I purchased it, but if the game goes to 60 dollars it could be considered an early investment.

in all I would wait untill it is completed to purchase it. keep in mind this note that I copy/pasted:

"Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development."

early access is a bad idea in my opinion and i'm only glad that the game has made some progress from my origional purchase.

i'm only putting "not recommended" because theres not really a nuetral choice and I can't say I honestly would recommend it quite yet.

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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 18
Do not bother with this game, been in early access for way too long. Features of the game including tracks not complete. If a game takes this long and is still in "at an early stage" something is very wrong.
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 16
$40 X 5991(current # of reviews) = $239,640

wtf

where game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 21
great game, i absolutely love it. tis a fun time
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
27.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 23
bugbear is doing a ponzi scheme, dont buy their ea game either. they dont have money to finish either one, but the game was remarkable when it first released for early access, not much work done since
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