Wreckfest gets Carmageddon crossover, includes zombie pedestrians

Two iconic car-wrecking franchises come together for an unexpected crossover.


We here at Shacknews make no attempts to hide our love for Bugbear’s bone-crunching driving game Wreckfest. Its mix of advanced driving physics and unmatched destruction led it to become one of our favorite multiplayer games. Many years before Wreckfest, another driving game turned heads with state-of-the-art car collisions and mayhem — Carmageddon. Now the two franchises are coming together for a special event that will see Carmageddon-themed content coming to Bugbear’s destruction derby masterpiece.

Coming to all platforms today (and free of charge), the Carmageddon Tournament update brings along two special events as well as the iconic Eagle R, the showcase car from Carmageddon: Max Damage. The update brings an exclusive monthly event, known as Carnage Accumulator. This free-roam mode gives players a limited amount of time to wreck AI drivers and run over some zombie pedestrians in classic Carmageddon fashion. 

The Carmageddon Tournament update also offers a new weekly event known as Death Race. This mode offers a more traditional race structure, along with all the fun that zombie pedestrians and bloodthirsty opponents bring. Publisher THQ Nordic gained ownership of the Carmageddon IP back in 2018 and it seems they are putting it to good use.

Based on the teaser footage shown in the trailer above, it seems as though this event will feature the sprite-based pedestrians from the censored version of the original game. When Carmageddon first hit shelves way back in 1997, some markets (Germany in particular) had the human pedestrians removed and replaced with green-blooded zombies. As popular as modding is in the Wreckfest community, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the original pedestrians pop up sooner or later.

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    August 3, 2021 11:35 AM

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      August 3, 2021 11:36 AM

      Holy shit holy shit holy shit!

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      August 3, 2021 11:47 AM

      Haha awesome!

      Now I’m a little bummed I’ll be missing Wreckfest this week.

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        August 3, 2021 11:49 AM

        how goes the beach?

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          August 3, 2021 11:52 AM

          Not bad. Weather has been spotty. Had a really nice day yesterday in the water but now I’m sunburnt to shit, so I’m laying low right now.

          Unfortunately, while it’s cloudy today, tomorrow is supposed to straight up suck with rain all day. :P

          I woulda thought my nine million hours in the pool this year would have prepared me to be out in the sun for a damn day, but I have been getting old and wearing a hat or hiding under umbrellas at home a lot.

          I’m sitting outside listening to cars drive by in the humidity while Mary’s inside shopping for a beach house. You know — the usual. Haha

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            August 3, 2021 11:56 AM

            Living the American Dream

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              August 3, 2021 12:06 PM

              What I’m excited about is that we have a week here at the beach, then leave Thursday or Friday and still have a weekend at home. Not bad.

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                August 3, 2021 12:30 PM

                As I age, I appreciate some time off from my vacations.

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                  August 3, 2021 12:31 PM

                  Mary and I are super lazy vacationers most of the time. We like to sit on a beach and read. I envy folks who explore every nook and cranny of a place they visit, but personally? I’m lazy af.

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      August 3, 2021 11:48 AM

      Hahahaha, excellent. Carmageddon was good fun back in the day.

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      August 3, 2021 12:14 PM

      I’d buy that for a dollar.

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      August 3, 2021 12:38 PM

      oh man this is tempting

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      August 3, 2021 1:07 PM

      I remember in the early days of Kickstarter when Carmageddon Reincarnation and what was then Next Car Game got funded within months of each other.

      One failed so hard that the IP got sold to the publisher of the other, which succeeded to the point where it could release free content using that IP several years later. Crazy.

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        August 3, 2021 6:48 PM

        Is Wreckfest “next car game”? Because iirc, I kickstarted Carmageddon Reincarnation.

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          August 3, 2021 6:54 PM

          yes and so did i!

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          August 3, 2021 6:54 PM

          Yes, Wreckfest is the game that was originally called "Next Car Game".

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      August 3, 2021 6:51 PM

      Yay, another 9gb patch!

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      August 3, 2021 7:14 PM

      Just played the two Carmegeddon tracks, so silly!

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