Get ready to feel old. The last time we saw Carmageddon on a gaming platform was Carmageddon 64 on the Nintendo 64. In 1999.

Everything you loved about the original is back, and Carmageddon Max Damage earned its release date license of mid-2016. Stainless Steel Games is pushing the game to both the PS4 and Xbox One. No Nintendo? Come on. Give us Mario raging out.

Don’t worry PC fans, it’s coming. Those of you that backed the Kickstarter campaign to return the game to the masses will enjoy a free copy. Also, if you purchased Carmageddon: Reincarnation on Steam, you’ll receive a digital copy.

Carmageddon Max Damage

First, the announcement trailer:

Hmm. Looks like Atlanta.

If the visuals didn’t give it away, here’s what to expect this summer:

“Moving targets of all ages, shapes and species make Carmageddon an equal opportunities pedestrian slaughterfest. Enjoy granny mangling, nun chucking, beach babe bouncing…Plus peds in wheelchairs, on mobility scooters and bicycles…Bears, penguins, aliens and much more!”

Imagine what you do in GTA V when bored. Carmageddon is the complete game of that. Over 30 cars in 10 different environments. Gameplay mechanics? It’s all about playing violently.

Carmageddon: Max Damage release date

You progress by winning the race, but points are added for taking out other drivers, running over pedestrians and wrecking everything in sight. Fun times.

Here’s how the developers describe the environments and racing.

“Create carnage in a wide range of large open world environments and smaller battle arenas, with plenty of fun stuff to smash into, smash up, snap off and sling around. Explore city streets and country trails, arid deserts and icy wastelands all packed with juicy meatbags for your killing pleasure.”

Someone wasn’t loved enough as a child.

Carmageddon Game Modes

Three modes await you. Career mode is what it sounds like. Blast through races with six different events. Freeplay for those with road rage tendencies. Take it out on your TV, not on the road.

And multiplayer. Imagine Rocket League with violence and 12 year-olds hurling slurs at you. Who said the Internet isn’t the best thing ever?

Scattered throughout the modes will be over 90 PowerUps, crazy drivers to match the 30 cars and car-specific Carmageddon events.

Death Race 2000 and Carmageddon

If the game sounds like the movie Death Race 2000, it’s because the creators draw heavy inspiration from the cult classic. Here’s the remake’s trailer:

Jason Statham and cars. I bet he tells his agent he only takes scripts that: A – He’s shirtless. B – he gets to work on cars. Probably both. Has he ever been in a movie without a car?

[divider]Will the Release Date Hold?[/divider]

It’s the semi-specific release dates gamers deal with. Mid-something. Stainless Steel is in polishing mode, and placing it in the summer offers the game legs and a chance to build a player base. But, a slip from the mid-2016 release date could mean early 2017.

While the game is decidedly in the ‘Mature’ category, it is interesting to watch game developers pivot from trying to be the next AAA title to creating their own niche. Look at the rise of survival genre with DayZ, H1Z1 and Ark.

Then games like Rocket League. Is car soccer a genre? Doesn’t matter, the game is pure entertainment.

Can Carmageddon do the same? It will depend heavily on building a community and post-release support.

Me? Of course, I’ll happily blast through the races.

Stainless Steel Games had me at taking out a lil rascal.

Gear. TV. Movies. Lifestyle. Photography. Yeah, I’m the type who sees a shiny object and is immediately captivated. Wait... There’s another. You can reach me at marcus@newsledge.com

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