Race your car WHILE your friend builds the track. And yes, that's messed up.
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Release Date:
Sep 25, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“In order to ensure continued development, all revenue from Can't Drive This Early Access, is going into development of the final version. We appreciate your support, and want to make Can't Drive This the best it can be.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're estimating a release around Q4 2018.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full release of Can't Drive This will feature a multitude of upgrades from the current version:
  • Four-Player Mode
  • More Game Modes
  • Stable Online Multiplayer
  • Cross-Platform Multiplayer
  • Combined Local & Online Multiplayer
  • Improved UI
  • Widely Improved Graphics
  • Improved Art-Style
  • Balanced Vehicles & Gameplay
  • Unlockable Customization Options
  • New Soundtrack
  • Lots, lots more

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Over the past year and a half, we have collected player feedback through the Early Access release of Can't Drive This – improving on the original concept of the game, delivering a stream of updates. But since the game was built on game-jam code, it became unsustainable to keep working off this base, which is why we began completely reworking the game. Unfortunately, this means we won't be able to provide constant updates anymore until the release. The current version will stay on here, playable to all, and we'll make sure to keep an eye on the forums.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“If you want to support the development of Can't Drive This, and don't mind playing an older version until its release date, then thank you! For you, Can't Drive This will be available at an exclusive discounted price during Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Whenever we have something to show, we will post announcements displaying our progress. And whenever you have ideas or feedback about the game, we want to hear about it. We'll be monitoring the forums and our email inboxes.”
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March 13

A Word on Early Access

Hello one and all,

how have you all been doing? I'm here today, to give you some news about the Early Access version of Can't Drive This, and a rough timeline of what's going to happen next.

Warning: Lots of text incoming.

Working off Game-Jam Code
As I've mentioned before, we've been hard at work updating Can't Drive This. So why, you may wonder, are you not seeing any of the progress?
Well, let's go back a step: Can't Drive This was born during a game jam – we prototyped the initial version of the game within 72 hours (This way way before the Early Access version. You can still play that prototype online. Don't though, it's horrible.).

And clever as we are, we kept building on that code base. Now let me tell you, working on game-jam code is never a good idea. At some point, we realized this, as the whole thing became too unstable to support continued development. That, while not being the only reason, was the trigger for us to re-work the game from the ground up.

Re-Working the Complete Game
When we started development during the game jam, we didn't have a specific plan in mind, we just started developing, and went with the flow.

Continued development after the jam was a little more strategic – but whenever we had new ideas (remember, we didn't have a design document, or anything), we just built them on top of the existing game. Whenever we decided to remove something from the game, we removed it.
If you've ever played Jenga, you know where that tactic eventually leads.

So we decided to go back to the drawing board. We took everything we'd learned, and put the vision that was evolved during development, to paper.
From this point, we're able to produce a coherent game, with a clear plan.
As beneficial as this may be for the game, reworking from the ground up has a few drawbacks.

Drawbacks of Square One
The main issue of starting over is, of course, time. Whenever you begin anew, it costs time, especially when you're relatively far along in a project. But the main issue we're having, and the one that most affects you, is that it's a new project.

This unfortunately means we won't be able to publish regular updates, as we had originally planned. Right now it looks like the next update is going to be the full release, or at least somewhere very near it.

What this means for Early Access
If you're reading this, having bought the game in the past, expecting regular updates, this may hurt. In a perfect world, this wouldn't have happened. But game development is more art than science, and these things tend to happen, as games evolve. We know it sucks, and we're very, very sorry about it.

We're confident that it will allow us to make Can't Drive This the best game it can be, and we hope you understand. Every decision we make (and this was a tough one) is for the sake of the game.

To Buy, Or Not to Buy
If you haven't bought Can't Drive This, and you're wondering whether or not to do it, please keep this in mind. You won't be getting regular updates until the full launch.
But, you will be able to play a working prototype of the game.
You will get the game at a super-discounted price.
And you will support the game's development.
Which makes you absolutely awesome.

Plans for the Future
First off, if the above text worried you that Can't Drive This may not ever be finished, let me assure you: It will.
We've received funding form the FFF, a Bavarian fund for film, television and video games. This will allow us to complete the game, in any case. Plus, every penny from sales of the Early Access version are going directly into the development – allowing us to add even more features.

The way it looks right now, we'll be releasing the full version of Can't Drive This in Q4 2018. The base of the game is getting close to production-ready, and we're beginning to plug everything together.
Right now, we're re-working the vehicle system, including everything from customization to the physics. Then, we'll be adding game modes, menu-flow, UI, and all the little things.

We're going to be at GDC and PAX East soon. I'll be there personally, along with our Lead Artist Valerij (at GDC), and our Lead Programmer Andi (at PAX). If you're in San Francisco or Boston during those events, feel free to get in touch, or stop by! We'd love to chat!

That's it for now
If you have any questions, feedback, or just want to chat, feel free to hit us up on the forums, or via email.

Thanks for your time, you all!

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January 15

Preview: 2v2 Race Mode

Hey there,

if you've read my previous post to the end, you saw that we've been working on a four player mode. Well, here's a short gameplay video of our first 2v2 mode:

2 Drivers, 2 Builders, 1 Goal

What do you think?

Take care,
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“Those are some grade-A ingredients for a batch of chaos-and-yelling soup.”

“It is a simple idea, it is a crazy idea, and yet it is also a hilarious and awesome idea.”
One Angry Gamer

“Another epic game of coordinated chaos!”

A Note on Early Access

Let's talk brass tacks here: The last time Can't Drive This was updated, is a while in the past. Unfortunately, this won't change until the game's full release in Q4 2018. This is because the game grew organically from game-jam code, which – at some point – just became too unstable for us to keep developing upon it. That threw us back quite a bit, as we began reworking the whole thing.

The good news is, that this will help CDT run far more smoothly. It allows us to improve network play, improve graphics, and increase the scope of the game. If you're thinking about getting into Can't Drive This during Early Access, please keep this in mind.

The game you'll get before launch is not complete, and the issues likely won't be fixed until launch day. If you're okay with that, and still want to support the development of the game, then thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!

One last word, for anybody who might be worried: Can't Drive This is fully funded, and will be definitely completed. It's not dead, it hasn't been cancelled or abandoned. All revenue from the Early Access version are going into adding more features and goodies to the full version.

About This Game

Can't What Now?

Can't Drive This is a competitive co-op multiplayer party racing game (if that's a thing). Drive your car WHILE your friend builds the road in front of you! Oh, and don't go too slow, OR YOU'LL EXPLODE! Like in that Sandra Bullock movie, in which she kinda does the same thing, but on a bus. Also, she doesn't explode (Spoiler alert). Also, Keanu Reeves was in the movie.

Co-Op Multiplayer Goodness

  • Play local face-to-face couch co-op, with your best frenemy! Don't have two controllers? No worries, one keyboard and one mouse serves two players! Don't have keyboard and mouse? Well, that's weird. (Warning: Can't Drive This may cause you to erratically scream at your friend.)
  • Or, if you don't have actual real-life friends, find some random internet-person to play! That's right, we've got cross-platform online multiplayer! Experience the joy of playing Can't Drive This without that annoying smelly friend next to you. You know who I'm talking about.


Where's the fun in online multiplayer if there's no customization, you ask? You're very correct, which is why Can't Drive This features a gazillion* unlockable parts and a vehicle editor so you can show off your awesomeness to everybody on the interweb! But as we all know, only one player gets to drive a car at a time. The other player builds the track. That's why we also included a track editor! Create your custom track and have your friends race on a gold-plated yellow brick road, if you so wish!

Feature List

  • Racing Game (What the game is)
  • Level-Editor (The game is this, too!)
  • Customizable Vehicles
  • Customizable Race Tracks
  • Cross-Platform Online Multiplayer
  • Local Multiplayer

*Not actually a gazillion parts. Not actually sure if gazillion is even a real number.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel i3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GT 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5550 w/ 1024 MB
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 8.1
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti or AMD Radeon HD 7870 w/ 1024 MB
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GT 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5550 w/ 1024 MB
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.11
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti, or AMD Radeon HD 7870 w/ 1024 MB
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Linux
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GT 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5550 w/ 1024 MB (OpenGL 3.2)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Linux
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti, or AMD Radeon HD 7870 w/ 1024 MB (OpenGL 3.2)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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