Bugbear Entertainment return to what they know.
The story of the FlatOut franchise is a cautionary tale to any developer who doesn’t own the IP which they’re working on. Bugbear Entertainment did fantastic work with FlatOut 1, 2 and Ultimate Carnage attracting worldwide acclaim for their damage-centric, contact-heavy driving series.
However all that hard work establishing this series as the modern answer to Psygnosis‘ Destruction Derby was completely undone in 2009, as Empire Interactive when into liquidation and sold off the FlatOut name to Strategy First, who employed the entirely unproven Team 6 Studios to produce FlatOut 3: Chaos and Destruction. The sequel was an unmitigated disaster with game breaking bugs and physics-based catastrophes which rendered the game unplayable and a far cry from the series fans knew and love.
While all this was going on all series creators’ Bugbear Entertainment could do was watch from the sidelines as the franchise which they established, while Empire held rights to the name (a practice not unusual in the games industry), crashed and burned.
The FlatOut series is well and truly dead, but that doesn’t mean that the Finnish studio behind it isn’t still obsessing over the crash ‘em, bash ‘em competitive racing formula.
“Best known for our critically acclaimed, multi-million selling “FlatOut” series (FlatOut, FlatOut 2, FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage), team Bugbear is going to deliver the definitive demolition derby racing game,” read a statement penned by studio, via their official website.
“We’re doing it because nobody else seems capable of delivering the kind of game our fans have been asking from us every week. We feel that there hasn’t been a proper demolition derby game in years. It’s about time they got an answer.”
“We’re calling it just our next car game for now. It’s coming for the PC and yet to be announced platforms. More news soon.”
The last game Bugbear Entertainment developed was the brave yet divisive Ridge Racer: Unbounded. Now that the studio is returning to its roots, here’s hoping they produce a game which is worthy of their lineage.
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