Refract Studios Futuristic Racer ‘Distance’ Kickstarter Nears its Goal

By: Louis Edwards

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Distance is a spiritual successor to the student PC racing game Nitronic Rush. In short, it’s Trials Evolution + Rush 2049 + Halo + Tron.

Details, plus how you can help them reach their final goal, after the jump.

 

The game takes the intense action of arcade racing and fuses it with the exploration of an atmospheric world. You control a unique car that allows you to boost, jump, rotate, and even fly to survive in a chaotic and twisted city. The game is currently in pre-alpha and being presented on Kickstarter in an effort to keep the team independent.

With many levels to choose from, if this game looks like something you’ll enjoy, why wouldn’t you want to back it? The Kickstarter project ends this Friday at 10 PM EST.

  • Pledge $15 or more

    Get access to the early BETA, the RELEASED GAME on PC or Mac, access to the private discussion community, and get your name in the credits level.

  • Pledge $25 or more

    SOUNDTRACK EDITION: Get a digital download of the SOUNDTRACK, a digital ART BOOK including concept art and production art, as well as everything from the $15 tier: the beta, the released game on PC or Mac, access to the private discussion community, and your name in the credits level.

  • Pledge $30 or more

    MULTIPLAYER MADNESS: Get 2 COPIES of everything from the $15 tier: the beta, the released game on PC or Mac, access to the private discussion community, and get 2 names in the credits level.

  • Pledge $35 or more

    SINGLE BACKER VEHICLE: Get everything from the $25 tier plus access to the special BACKER-ONLY VEHICLE: the digital download of the soundtrack, the digital art book including concept art and production art, the beta, the released game on PC or Mac, access to the private discussion community, and your name in the credits level.

  • Pledge $50 or more

    BACKER VEHICLE: Get 2 COPIES of everything from the $25 tier plus both of you get access to the special BACKER-ONLY VEHICLE: the digital download of the soundtrack, the digital art book including concept art and production art, the beta, the released game on PC or Mac, access to the private discussion community, and get 2 names in the credits level.

  • Pledge $55 or more

    SINGLE ALL DIGITAL: Access to the even earlier ALPHA, plus everything from the $35 tier: the digital download of the soundtrack, the digital art book including concept art and production art, the beta, the released game on Windows, Mac, or Linux, access to the private discussion community, your name in the credits level, plus access to the special backer-only vehicle.

  • Pledge $70 or more

    THE POSTER: A limited edition POSTER for Distance, only available via Kickstarter (see below for the preview)! Includes everything from the $25 tier: the beta, the released game on PC or Mac, the digital download of the soundtrack, the digital art book including concept art and production art, access to the private discussion community, your name in the credits level, plus access to the special backer-only vehicle.

  • Pledge $75 or more

    DOUBLE ALL DIGITAL: Both copies get access to the even earlier ALPHA, plus everything from the $50 tier: the digital download of the soundtrack, the digital art book including concept art and production art, the beta, the released game on Windows, Mac, or Linux, access to the private discussion community, 2 names in the credits level, plus access to the special backer-only vehicle.

  • Pledge $85 or more

    ALPHA INSANITY: Get access to the even earlier ALPHA, plus everything from the $70 tier: the beta, the released game on PC or Mac, digital download of the soundtrack, the digital art book including concept art and production art, access to the private discussion community, your name in the credits level, the limited edition poster, plus access to the special backer-only vehicle.

  • Pledge $100 or more

    THE T-SHIRT: Get a backer-only T-SHIRT (see below for the preview)! As well as everything from the $85 tier: the alpha, the beta, the released game on PC or Mac, digital download of the soundtrack, the digital art book including concept art and production art, access to the private discussion community, your name in the credits level, the limited edition poster, plus access to the special backer-only vehicle.

  • Pledge $150 or more

    THE PHYSICAL BOX: You get a limited edition, backer-only, physical version of the game on a DVD and in a BOX! As well as everything from the $85 tier: the alpha, the beta, the released game on PC or Mac, digital download of the soundtrack, the digital art book including concept art and production art, access to the private discussion community, your name in the credits level, the limited edition poster, plus access to the special backer-only vehicle.

  • Pledge $250 or more

    SIGNATURE EDITION: You get the backer-only T-SHIRT, the limited edition POSTER, and the limited edition physical version of the game on a DVD and in a BOX all signed by the team at Refract Studios! You will also get everything at the $85 tier.

  • Pledge $500 or more

    FOUNDING MODDERS: The maps you design will be MARKED with a special GLYPH so they’ll be highlighted and easy to identify, and we will provide you with early access to the level editor and other customization tools. You will also get everything at the $250 tier.

  • Pledge $750 or more

    FEATURED BILLBOARD: We’ll work with you to create a CUSTOM BILLBOARD that will be place somewhere in the city of the game. You will also get everything at the $500 tier.

  • Pledge $1,000 or more

    MONUMENTAL AWESOMENESS: We’ll work with you to come up with a SPECIAL MONUMENT that is placed in the city of Distance. It will have your name engraved in it and will stand the test of time. Your name will be featured prominently in the game and you get everything at the $500 tier.

  • Pledge $1,500 or more

    STUNTS MAKE YOU COOL: We’ll work with you to come up with a SPECIAL STUNT NAMED BY YOU that can be performed in the game. Vehicles in Distance can do all kinds of tricks and this one will be designed by you. You will also get everything at the $500 tier.

  • Pledge $2,500 or more

    DAY WITH THE DEVS: You get to hang out with the devs at Refract Studios for a day! You’ll be able to playtest the game in an early state and give us your feedback. We’ll get some lunch and show you a good time in the beautiful city of Seattle. Backers must be local or able to travel to the Seattle/Redmond area. Your name will be featured prominently in the game and you get everything at the $500 tier.

  • Pledge $5,000 or more

    CUSTOM VEHICLE: We’ll work with you to create a completely custom vehicle of your design, and put it in the game! Your name will be featured prominently in the game and you get everything at the $500 tier.

  • Pledge $10,000 or more

    FULL TILT ARCADE MACHINE: We’ll build you a one-of-a-kind arcade cabinet for the game! This cabinet will be specially built to handle the unique controls for the game (see image near the bottom of the page)! Your name will also be featured the most prominently in the game and you get everything at the $500 tier.

Check them out on their Kickstarter page and on Facebook.

History

Nitronic Rush

On November 11th, 2011, Team Nitronic unleased upon the world an over-the-top arcade racing game called Nitronic Rush. It eventually spread to over 150 different countries, with the game so far being played over 1.1 million times. After graduating from DigiPen, a few of the other developers on Nitronic Rush took jobs in the AAA game industry. When looking at what the Refract team wanted to do next, they realized that they’re too passionate about making smaller independent games to stop now. That’s when they turned down AAA job offers, started their own studio, and focused on games that they’re incredibly passionate about.

Spiritual succession

The team tossed around a few ideas of what project they wanted to work on next, and they always seemed to come back to arcade racing. There are very few developers working on arcade racing games, let alone any small indie teams, so the team saw it as a unique opportunity to push the genre. After learning a ton from creating Nitronic Rush, the team is really excited to create a spiritual successor that will blow away the original. Since DigiPen owns Nitronic Rush, the team is starting from scratch to build a more much expansive experience.

Features

  • Intense arcade-style racing action, taking place in a deep atmospheric world.
  • Your vehicle has the ability to boost, jump, rotate any way you like, and even fly, which leads to an endless number of racing possibilities.
  • Full-tilt multiplayer with LAN and Online play. Includes several modes, such as Classic Race, Tag, Capture The Flag, Stunt mode, Exploration mode, and many others.
  • The world has a backstory of its own, so exploration to discover the city’s history is highly encouraged. The team is taking their experiences from creating atmospheric games like Solace and Solstice, and injecting those undertones into Distance.
  • Dynamic soundtrack composed by Jordan ‘TORCHT’ Hemenway, the musician behind many experimental music-driven games like Solace, Solstice, and Nitronic Rush.
  • Powerful but user-friendly level editor and modding tools, where you can create levels from inside the game and share them with players around the world.
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