Before I go on to lament the 14 years that have passed since the last Road Rash game - 2003's Jailbreak on Nintendo's Game Boy Advance, for the record, itself a port of an earlier PlayStation game - let's spare a thought for the three years that have passed since Road Redemption, developer Ian Fisch and his small team's spiritual successor, first broke cover. This is a game that's been slowly blooming in early access ever since, and one that's only now ready to be pushed across the finishing line.
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Motorcycle action game Road Redemption has been delayed after the Baton Rouge and New Orleans-based developer, Dark Seas Interactive, suffered severe property damage in the Louisiana flood.
Road Redemption, the spiritual successor to the much-loved 90s classic Road Rash, has a release date, with the final game coming to PC, Mac and Linux on October 15th, while Xbox One and PS4 versions will follow on January 15 2017.
It's a little way off from the original release date of August 2014, though developer Ian Fisch makes a good case for the delay. "We decided that since our backers have had access to regularly-patched PC, Mac, and Linux beta versions of the game, that it's better to take our time and release something great, than to feel pressured to stick to our 2014 Kickstarter date and release something mediocre," Fisch said in an official statement.
"We've seen Kickstarted games like Armikrog and Mighty No. 9 release before they were ready," he continues, "and I don't think that satisfies anyone".
UPDATE 01/04/2016 10.56pm: DarkSeas Games has clarified to Eurogamer that the Wii U version of Road Redemption is still in development and it will include GamePad support for local multiplayer without splitscreen. What the developer meant before was merely that it would take longer to port Road Redemption to Nintendo's console than it will on PS4 or Xbox One.
2014's rookie of the year Shovel Knight will be a playable character in motorcycle action game Road Redemption, following an update due later today.
There are basically two kinds of retro game revivals. One is when a publisher or developer dusts off an old IP with a fresh lick of paint, hoping nostalgia and more than a little blind hope will attract enough ageing fans to make the exercise worthwhile.
The other is what is euphemistically called the "spiritual sequel". That's when a game is clearly derived from an existing game, but those making it don't have the rights to actually make that game. Usually, the game in question hasn't seen a real sequel in many years, its ownership either lost in a fog of publisher takeovers and mergers, or else it has simply fallen through the cracks because it's deemed to belong to a bygone age. The spiritual sequel is essentially a whimsical way of saying, "We're remaking this game even though we don't have the rights, but we've changed the name and are keeping our fingers crossed."
So it is for Road Redemption, which openly invokes the spirit of EA's Road Rash series, which hasn't seen an official sequel since a forgettably average Game Boy Advance title in 2003.
Motorcycle combat cruiser Road Redemption has arrived today on PC via Steam Early Access.
You might have heard of Road Redemption, the Road Rash-like racer which has been in alpha for a while now. It's going to hit Steam Early Access next month, complete with a few new tweaks on the current build - including the game's transformation to a roguelike.
It began, where some of the very best obsessions do, in a rental store.
Last May Road Rash spiritual successor Road Redemption cruised past its $160K Kickstarter goal with $173,803. Now developer DarkSeas Games has released an alpha build of its motorcycle combat game.
Road Redemption, the unofficial spiritual successor to Road Rash, has released a new gameplay video showing how the motorcycle-based action game has progressed since its Kickstarter campaign was successful.
This latest video demonstrates early versions of the uzi and grenade launcher.
Developer DarkSeas Games is planning to release a second video in the near future showing off the game's two-to-four player splitscreen, alternate biker model, and a couple of additional motorbikes.
Road Redemption, the unofficial spiritual successor to Road Rash, has met its Kickstarter goal of $160K with two days left on the clock.