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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October 24

Multiplayer Mayhem!

During the past few weeks ago we have released a handful of hotfixes, addressing issues and squashing bugs like nobody’s business. As a result, the 18-car multiplayer races, packed with tight and dirty situations and crashing cars, run smoother than ever! You can host your own events with much better stability, and use the reworked lobby chat to lay down the rules to your opponents.

If you love the madness and mayhem our game is all about, we wouldn’t mind at all should you recommend Wreckfest to your friends, for as we all know, nothing beats ramming your buddies off the road and throwing your head back in villainous laughter.

See you on the road, and watch your six!

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October 14

Hot Fix Update 2014-10-14

The build has been updated with the following changes:

  • Fixed several rare crashes.
  • The popup for wrong password is now correctly displayed.
  • Quick look-back camera now works with separate wheel/pedals setup.
  • Speedway loading screen image is now displayed correctly in multiplayer.
As always, all feedback is very welcome!

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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!

  • NEW: Online multiplayer!
  • LAN multiplayer support.
  • 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.

We currently estimate that the title should reach a feature-complete state in 2014, with all key features implemented. 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 XP
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 3830
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • OS: Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5, AMD Phenom II X4 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570, AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
Next Car Game: Wreckfest is one of those games that you don't see often now-a-days.
Next Car Game: Wreckfest is the spiritual successor to Destruction Derby 2 for the PlayStation 1 (In my opinion of course)

I've had tons of fun with this game, not only do I feel like the cars have great handling (Even though sometimes they can feel a bit floaty) but the sensation of smashing into other cars in the arenas is amazing. SLAM! POW! BANG!
There's some good challenges in the game as well, winning the tarmac race can be quite difficult and being the last one in the arenas is quite hard to do as well however I do really love the game no matter how bad I am at it.

But, the game is not perfect, long from being it. I mentioned before that the cars might feel floaty at times and the game really hogs all the power from your computer. It's not a game for all computers. (I run it at 55 fps on almost ultra with my GTX 750ti and 45-50 on ultra)

With that said, lets just get to the pros and cons.

  • Tons of fun (smashing into cars and half-drifting around corners)
  • Great physics
  • Great damage on cars
  • Sound effects are amazing
  • One of the best car wrecking games out there

In between:
  • Graphics compared to how much power it needs
  • Cars can be floaty from time to time
  • The variety of tracks

  • Uses way too much power for what it really is. A game like "The Crew" uses less right now. (The beta version)
  • Computer AI can be a bit douchy from time to time.
  • The variety of cars
  • Not a great racing game (But a god damn good wrecking game)

This game is in my opinion the spirital successor to Destruction Derby 2 and Test Drive: Eve of Destruction.
I would recommend you using a controller or a steering wheel. Playing with a keyboard is no fun.
Always have manly liquor near you when you play this game. Minimum requirement is beer.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Early Access Review
NCG Wreckfest is one of the most fun arcade racing games i have played since probably Burnout Paradise back in 2009. this game captures the inner maniac in all of us and is a brilliant successor to the "Flatout" Series. not only is it fun to play with a keyboard, but it is also a challenging-yet-fun game once you plug your G27 or your Gamepad of choice into the USB Slot. overall, i would say that this game is well worth all the $30 that i spent on it, Keep up the good work BUGBEAR!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Early Access Review
Play this game! It's awesome and fun!
Remember Destrucion Derby that first came out on DOS & the Playstation 1? It was created by Psygnosis. God it's been years since I've played that game. The game stopped with Destruction Derby 2 on the PS1, and I had always wondered when there was going to be a Destruction Derby 3? My wait is finally over. Destruction Derby 3 is what "Next Car Game: Wreckfest" should be called. It's like literally picking up from where you left off. Only it's in early stage and there are no points to gain for spinning an opponent 90 degrees or 180, etc... I'm running with Radeon 6670HD and a couple of the settings on high and the game runs smoothly. Looks good as well. The damage your car can take is awesome lol. I love it. I'd like to see more wheels flopping as they turn and maybe some more sparks and barrels full of fire to run over.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
Very Fun Game! A Must Have! Feels like a true PC game not some console import! Get a Wheel!

- In fact it's the only racing game I have liked since Publisher "Sierra" had NASCAR Racing 2002-2004.

- Hardware wise I need lots of power to run games across my 5760 x 1080 span. WreckFest seems to be doing well for Beta on Triple BenQ 24"Monitors @ 144Hz with SLI GTX 780's!

- Car setups pretty standard not overly complex (so far)

- Camera views inside car and outside are well done

- Destruction Physics are most times comical yet it's all vary enjoyable somehow, you can still race with 3 wheels!

- Tracks are all great plenty of side stuff to plow into beside the other racers

- Multi-player is the real gem here just love, love it!

- Hosting is done in Steam no Offical Servers as of yet. So you'll want to go after the Host they being the LPB aka Low Ping Bast@rd target that guy!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
If you have played any of the Flatout games, this is basically like Flatout, but better. This is still an early build, but already impressive. The car damage model is probably the best I've seen in a game. The graphics also look outstanding, though the game requires a powerfull PC to max things out. Car handling is somewhere between realism and arcade though driving aids are avaialble and even with these on, the cars act in a plausible manner. That said, this is not something you would play with a wheel. It's supported alright, but what good is a cockpit view, when yur can hardly see anything with the dust and bent bonnet after the first corner. PLaying on a wheel in 3rd person... Not really that fun.That said, this racing game has huge potential.

So should you buy it? If you are expecting a lot of content and hours of fun out of the box, think again. This is an alpha build, and while a lot of elements are in place, the content is limited to a few cars and tracks, no career mode, just single races / destruction derbys. At this point, buying is sort of an early investment and supporting the devs. I am sure though, that once the game is complete, it will be a gread racer for anyone, who is tired of your typical clean racing sims and street racing games.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
53.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
This is just SO much fun that I don't even care about winning. I just want to drive! :D
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
The multi-player is a lot (and I mean a lot) of fun. I don't think I've ever laughed so much playing a game. Brilliant!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Early Access Review

Its still EA and there is not much content. but multiplayer is working and the devs are replying in forums so i believe to be done some day :)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Early Access Review
Ive played couple hours on this game,if you like just being a mainiac on the race track and smashing in to other cars in the hope to survive to finish a race theres a good chance you wont,if your not at the front of the grid you will probaly never get a win on a race,so dont bother trying just smash all the other cars around you.
Its near damn impossible to stay in one piece and survive quite honestly if you love car games and for once just love smashing the hell out of your oponent until there engine burns before yours.
This game is just good fun again and again for any age and does not matter about skill its survival and having a laugh.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
♥♥♥♥ing awesum fun,go get it so we can smash each other,best demolition derby ever
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Early Access Review
If you're a fan of any type of racing game, you should find a decent amount of fun from this. It is early access at the moment, but there is still enough content to keep you happy for several hours, especially the multiplayer. The updates are fairly frequent, and quite substantial.
The racing is very much in the vein of previous Flatout games, with cars having a very satisfying heavy, solid handling. There is also quite a unique (and sometimes hilarious) damage system, with high levels of deformation meaning by the end of a tough race, you may just be driving a twisted lump of metal with two wheels.
Even if you aren't a racing game fan, and just like to smash stuff up, Next Car Game is sure to put at least one big smile on your face.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
178.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
The game is shaping up to be an awesome game. A MUST TRY!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
212.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Early Access Review
best banger racing game in the world i cant wait for the full release this game is just awesome you got to play it to beleave it (:
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
Only have 2 hours under my belt and I can tell this game is going to be a winner in the long run.
The physics are FANTASTIC, Pre-Alpha or not, besides the fact that there are not a ton of cars/tracks yet, the game could be complete with how fantastic the crashing is alone. Multiplayer is SO fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
I was a big fan of the Flatout series and was very enthused to find that Bugbear was developing a new game. I held off on the early access to make sure development was going smooth and it wouldn't be pushed off indefinitely but finally went ahead and purchased due to positive feedback. I am not disappointed. This game is amazing even in its early access state. The crashes are spectacular and I don't think another game can match this one other than BeamNG (although that game has at least a couple years before completion). Anyway, I highly recommend this game especially if you enjoyed the Flatout series.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Early Access Review
Better survival than DayZ 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
This is the game for all the wreckers in Nascar 14. All wrecks all the time. Good graphics and hilarious damage modeling. Mutliplayer that works really well. Still Early access so only more goodness can come hopefully.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
Really good. Bought a G27 and this at the same time. So much laughs and fun with multiplayer "races". 24 players on the figure-8 is absolute chaos!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Early Access Review
At the moment, "Next Car Game" or "Wreckfest" is an insanley fun racer, although a bit lacking in content. As a package right now, it would be hard to recommend the price; however, the game will still undergo lots of updates before fully released so by the time it's finished I have no doubts it will be great.

So far you get
-a tech demo physics playground
-5 cars with customizable parts
-5 (i think) tracks (with a couple variants)
-races vs. AI
the races against the AI can get boring fairly quick, as there is no campaign or ultimate objective for doing them, but the multiplayer races are a ton of fun. I recommend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Early Access Review
Wreckfest has the potential to become one of the greatest racing games ever in my opinion. The game is made by the same guys that made the Flatout series (excluding Flatout 3) and it's more or less a spiritual successor of these games, so if you liked Flatout, chances are that you'll love Wreckfest.

The game looks really good on high graphics settings and runs smoothly most of the time (the only FPS drop I've had was when a car with a smoking engine drove right in front of the camera at some point). I've only had it crash once in the 7.5 hours I've played and it was just while trying to start a single player race.

The driving fits in somewhere in the middle between arcade and sim racing, maybe leaning a bit more towards sim. I've been using a 360 controller when I've been playing and it's been working really well for me. I've found that I often have to correct the steering a little while turning, something I would imagine is a lot harder to do successfully with a keyboard (although I haven't tried), so a controller of some kind is probably recommended.

As the name suggests, one of the main elements in this game is crashing. I think all of the bodywork of the car can be destroyed and it probably will after you've rolled over five times after getting t-boned by a competitor that didn't bother trying to avoid your car while you were recovering from that spin. The visual destruction looks good, though maybe a bit over the top. You start wondering how you can still drive when your car is suddenly a metre shorter than it was when you started the race. Your car can take quite a lot of punishment before breaking down. In some cases you can actually keep racing (albeit not very well) even if you're missing a wheel.
Some of the tracks also features some small, steep hills along the tracks, which works really well as ramps. It's always amusing to watch the AI drivers in front of you fail to take the turn properly and launch themselves into the air before suffering the consequences of a not very clean landing. Until you arrive at the same corner and understeers terribly or receives a shunt from the guy behind you and suffer the same fate.
Cars that breaks down stays on the race track until the race is over, adding extra obstacles to the track. In longer races you'll often see piles of cars in some places.

Right now there's only five cars to choose from. Each of them comes with five liveries and some performance customisation. Hopefully there will be a lot more to choose from when the game is finished. On the bright side, the current cars feels quite different to each other, at least the ones I've tried do. The American muscle cars (there's two of them) are fast and heavy, but seems to be struggling a bit in sharp turns, while the little European coupe is both fast and handles really well, it gets pushed around easily.

There's currently nine different tracks, something I also hope will be expanded in the future. Out of these three of them are demolition derby arenas, which I'm personally not really a fan of. The six others are more or less proper race circuits. There's three basic tracks in different environments with different surfaces, one tarmac, one gravel and one sandpit (my personal favourite. All of these three also come with a reverse layout, which actually feels quite different from the normal version.
There's also an oval track, which has an alternate figure-8 version and a pure figure-8 track.
The last one is a work-in-progress sandpit circuit that comes in two slightly different layouts (plus their reverse layout). These works perfectly well, if you don't mind the missing ground textures off the track.

The only game mode at the moment is single races. All of the tracks works with up to 23 AIs with an upper limit of ten laps. The AI isn't very fast over one lap, so if you take an early lead you can expect a rather uneventful race, unless you do any major mistakes. However, if you get bogged down at the start and find yourself in the middle of the pack, you're in for a challenge. The AI likes to get in your way, so while you're fighting your way through the field, the leader will often be next to impossible to catch.
Single races against the AI is only fun for so long, so some sort of career mode would probably dot he game good.

I haven't played multiplayer a lot yet, but I've certainly enjoyed it. A multiplayer game has to be hosted by the players, ideally by someone who has a good internet connection (8 Mbps upload is recommended according to the Create Game window in game). Multiplayer supports up to 24 players and I have to say, the more the merrier. Having 24 cars on the oval track (which appears to be the most popular online by far) is guaranteed to be a mess. There seems to usually be at least one or two who just tries their best to crash into people to ruin their race, but they're nowhere near as annoying as they were on GRID, mostly because the cars in Wreckfest are a lot more durable. I've had some good racing online, including a battle with another guy that lasted for nearly three laps and at some point I also got two takedowns in a race, despite trying my best to avoid any collissions.

The game itself is great and I recommend trying it out if you like games like Flatout or the demolition derby races in GRID. Just keep in mind that the game isn't finished yet and because of that it feels a little light on content.
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