Wreckfest is a racing video game being developed by Bugbear Entertainment, who were also the creators of the popular derby demolition video game FlatOut, and published by THQ Nordic studios for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, and was released for these platforms as an Early Access title shortly before Christmas on Christmas in 2013. The release date for the full version of the game is yet to be announced, however, the developers have constantly been releasing updates and patches to the early access version while expecting the full version to come out either sometime in 2017 or 2018.
Wreckfest takes inspiration from previous games developed by Bugbear Entertainment, the most noticeable of which is their most popular title FlatOut. For this reason, several gameplay elements and mechanics in the game are similar to those from FlatOut, the main one being the derby-styled demolition design. The game also takes inspiration in gameplay and design from the hit game Destruction Derby and the cult 1989 racing video game titled Street Rod. Wreckfest is also known by the studio as the ‘spiritual successor to FlatOut’ and it’s working title was Next Car Game, as in a sequel to FlatOut.
Wreckfest, falling in the distinct demolition genre, is a unique game on its own. Players are provided with the ability to choose from a wide range of well-designed vehicles made to drive on dirt. Using these vehicles, players take part in matches of up to 24 AI players and the player himself, whose task is to finish first in the racing track. The fundamental rules behind the racing gameplay is very similar to titles like Need for Speed and Forza Motorsport series, however, the in-game mechanics are completely different, along with updated graphics that makes the dirt roads and race tracks a pleasure to look at.
In Wreckfest, players don’t just speed up to the finish line. There are live obstacles in the game created by the opponents. Players will have to dodge and counter objects and strikes coming from other cars, which if they get hit by will cause them to slow down. If they get hit too much, then their car breaks down completely. Thus, Wreckfest makes it mandatory for players to use in the game. Players have to stay ahead in tracks while avoiding and delivering attacks. Upon winning the race, players are rewarded with cash, and it can be used to buy upgrades or customizations for cars. Players can do a paint-job of their choice, or provide a new layer of armor to the car to withstand more debris and items coming from opponents.
Wreckfest also features a multiplayer deathmatch system where up to 18 players race along a single track trying to tackle each other and reach the finish line first. In Wreckfest, every nook can be your way to victory and every slip can cost you the match. The outcome of the match is always tipping in favor of one player or the other and never stays the same, creating exhilarating action and dynamic gameplay.