American McGee Publicly Pitches Cart-racing MMO

By Blake Ellison, Oct 22, 2008 11:03am PDT Shanghai-based game designer American McGee has tired of transoceanic flights and instead has taken to the internet to pitch his latest concept to the West: BaiJiu Racer, an Unreal Engine 3-powered "MMO-lite racing game concept with China as the core theme."

"It's the first Chinese cart racing game developed with an authentic and original Chinese art style, set in real-world locations, and featuring some of the funkiest racing vehicle designs the world has ever seen," wrote McGee on his own blog. It also promises "strong narrative backbone and emotional drama" as part of the MMO-esque experience.

"We've crafted a solid Game Design Document, Technical Design Document, Art Bible, Visual Target Demo, and Development Plan," explained McGee, which in essence means the game is completely designed--on paper. The racer has a publisher in China but McGee is going public to find a publisher for the rest of the world.

McGee released a set of concept art and a trailer showing the game's art style and gameplay in an early state. Also revealed by the concept art is a plastic surgery feature in which characters become more attractive over time.

It's unknown at this time whether the American McGee brand will be attached to BaiJiu Racer. For the trailer, look below:

[videofeature]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzK33CuQVNU[/videofeature]

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