'Road Redemption': Spiritual Successor To 'Road Rash' Starts Kickstarter Campaign

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Apr 12, 2013 02:50 PM EDT

Motorcycle combat is making a comeback. Or at least it's trying to.

After a recent Reddit thread caught the attention of "Road Rash" creator and programmer Dan Geisler, there was apparently enough interest in a new "Rash" game, so a Kickstarter campaign has begun to bring the "Rash" experience back.

"'Road Redemption' takes the motorcycle-combat racing gameplay, pioneered by the 'Road Rash' series, and brings it to the next level. 'Road Redemption' brings state-of-the-industry combat controls, insane crashes, destructible environments, AI, ragdoll physics, and online multiplayer to the classic motorcycle combat/racing formula."

The Kickstarter page describes all the aspects that made the "Rash" games a great series, namely; jaw-shattering weapons and fast-paced actions. As a hallmark of the "Rash" games, you can expect their inclusion, but the developers are taking the opportunity to expand on the traditional formula by adding objective based missions, online play, a fleshed out storyline, and an updated arsenal including molotov cocktails, guns, and brutal melee weapons.

Unlike some companies, the "Road Redemption" crew is taking notice of the backlash towards "always online DRM" and microtransactions, and has vowed not to make these conditions a part of the game. "We believe the best way to combat piracy is by giving 'Road Redemption' purchasers free content updates, as a reward for their support. We believe that always-on DRM has made a lot of great games a lot worse, for those who bought them legally. While we've also had great fun playing games that involve microtransactions ('League of Legends!'), we feel that they often take the user out of the experience, and make non-purchasers feel that they aren't getting the full experience. As such, anyone who purchases 'Road Redemption' will be getting the full 'Road Redemption' experience."

The goal of the development team is to raise $160,000 in the next 29 days. They're up to $2,000 so far. You can check out a video preview below.

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