Stainless Games team, back row, from left, Shaun Smith, Matt Edmonds, Nick Slaven, Steve Miles, Dave Amer, Neil Barnden, Will McCourt and Sam Clegg. Front, from left, David Hosier, Simone McDermott and Tina Matthews. Picture by Lauren Psyk.
AN ISLAND-BASED computer games developer is attempting to raise $400,000 to produce a new Carmageddon game.
Stainless Games, which achieved fame in the 1990s for its multi-million-selling Carmageddon franchise, has launched an online Kickstarter campaign to fund the long-awaited follow-up, Carmageddon: Reincarnation.
Within 24 hours of the campaign going live on Tuesday, more than $100,000 had been pledged by excited gamers eager to play the next instalment of the much-loved series, which features anything-goes races through massive open-world environments.
In a further coup, the project has gained the backing of Markus 'Notch’ Persson, the creator of the hit video game Minecraft.
The Kickstarter website has successfully funded almost 22,000 schemes since it was created in 2009.
The creators of every project must set a cash goal and a time limit, though there is no limit on how much people can raise.
If they reach the goal within the time limit, they get to keep the pledges. If they don’t, all pledges are returned.
Crucially, the owners of all the businesses and projects funded through the site keep 100 per cent ownership of their ventures.
Stainless Games, which is based in Newport High Street, has set a goal of $400,000 and has until June 6 to raise it.
Company founder and chief executive, Patrick Buckland, said: "Raising the funds through Kickstarter will mean we keep complete control of the project and can make the game we know everyone wants to play."