Spiritual sequel to Road Rash with next-gen graphics and online play for PC, Mac, and Wii U is in the making.
Road Rash was one of my favorite game series as a kid. It blended intense challenging motorcycle racing with over-the-top combat as you used clubs, chains, and pepper spray to race your way to the top of the leaderboards and bring your motorcycle club to dominance. The last game was released in 1999 and since then, the rights have gone into the dark limbo of EA’s catalogue of licenses. Thankfully the team at DarkSeaGames is looking to resurrect the spirit of the original into the modern age with Road Redemption.
The veteran team with a combined total of 35 years experience in the industry have been working on the game since early 2012. If backing is reached they hope to have Road Redemption released on all platforms by July of next year. The game will feature a full story mode with mission types such as Ambush, Convoy Assault, and Police Escape as well as the traditional Combat Race. Classic weapons such as the stun baton and sledgehammer are back as well as introducing a counter and parry system preventing the button mashing that previous game devolved too.
The co-operative and competitive multiplayer was a big part of the original’s appeal. There aren’t many things more satisfying in life than winning a white knuckle race by kicking your friend into oncoming traffic while driving 140 miles per hour on a motorcycle. The inclusion of online multiplayer and leaderboard support will bring the mischief and mayhem to a worldwide arena.
I got a chance to ask the developers why they choose the Wii U as their console of choice for launch and how the experience has been with kickstarter so far. This is what they had to say.
“We chose the Wii U mostly because of how well Nintendo has been treating indie devs. It made it really easy to develop for Wii U alongside PC. We may announce additional consoles soon but we are still looking into that.
Kickstarter has been a pretty wild ride so far. A lot of highs and lows and very little sleep. Managing a kickstarter campaign is definitely a full time job.”
Other cool features for Road Redemption include support for the new virtual reality technology of the Oculus Rift as a stretch goal and exclusive weapons and bikes for early backers. Halfway through the Kickstarter, the team is roughly halfway to their goal and at only $15 to get a copy of the game this is a bargain. I have backed the project and if it gets funded will have access to the closed beta and will be reporting my impressions here. Still not convinced? The best testimony comes straight from the creator of Road Rash himself.
“I want to play that!” -Dan Geisler, co-creator of Road Rash 1, 2, & 3