Do not adjust your television set.
When it comes to separating us from our hard earned dollars, the power of nostalgia is all but unrivalled. This was demonstrated yet again in recent days as retro-themed racing extravaganza Drift Stage blew by its US $30,000 Kickstarter goal.
According to the promotional material released by developer Super Systems Softworks the gameplay in Drift Stage was inspired by the likes of Outrun 2, Ridge Racer and Daytona USA. “Drifting is the key to victory in the world of Drift Stage. Races become duels of wits and technique, with the deciding factor often coming down to split second timing on the entry or exit of the turn.”
While the gameplay has been drawn from the 90s, some elements of the visuals appear to harken from an even earlier era. Drift Stage combines 3D models and pixel art to deliver a vivid, almost blinding, experience that racers are unlikely to forget in a hurry.
The game will feature at least five solo modes, as well as local and online multiplayer. Players will also be able to create custom tracks and decorate their cars in a workshop mode.
Drift Stage is due to arrive on PC in December.