Bugbear Entertainment and THQ Nordic have been working together on Wreckfest, which is currently in Early Access on Steam, since June 2017. Today, the announced a major update for the game since then, which brings a ton of new content to the game.
First off, this update introduces eight brand new cars to Wreckfest, some of which are the first FWD vehicles the game has received. Two new championships were also introduced, with the developers estimating that they add around five to six more hours of playtime. It also introduces the Rival system, which will allow players to become the rival of another racer, and thus get more points when directly confronting them during a race.
Additionally, three new difficulty settings were implemented into the game, and a ton of quality-of-life tweaks and changes have been made to both the game and its UI. You can check out the full list of patch notes below:
- 8 new cars
- introducing the first FWD cars
- 2 championships; 5-6 hours of playtime approx.
- music is in the game (straight from the community in cooperation with Audiodraft)
- first version of our Rival System implemented: each race can give rise to your own personal rival (i.e highlighted “enemy”); earn more points (i.e. more progress) by directly confronting this driver on the track
- paint customisation system implemented
- first version of our component damage system implemented
- improved visuals from UI and HUD
- dedicated reset button added
- improved handling of all cars in the game
- wall-collisions improved
- car-collisions improved
- 3 difficulty modes implemented
- overall AI improvements
- engine sounds of 4- and 6-cylinder cars improved
- first version of our envisioned car tuning system implemented
Roger Joswig, Producer at THQ Nordic, had the following to say about Wreckfest’s newest update:
“After some minor delays we are proud to present the first big bang Early Access-Update for Wreckfest. We kept quiet for some time, but only to deliver a great demolition and racing experience now. We introduced numerous new, exciting stuff like a first version of the career mode with 2 championships (for now), a new rival system, a first version of the component damage system, car tuning system and quite a bit more to be honest. We are really looking forward to the feedback from the community.”
If you want to see what the game looks like in action, you can check out a previously released gameplay trailer below. Wreckfest is currently available on Steam via Early Access and will come to PS4 and Xbox One sometime in 2018.