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Road Rebel

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action
Developer: Monstrous Company
Release Date: 2013

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'Road Rebel' Announced, Seeks Crowd Funding

by Rainier on Nov. 29, 2012 @ 7:38 a.m. PST

Road Rebel is a new pyrotechnic combat car game that lets you blow up your competitors while rocking to a star-studded soundtrack, with custom designed cars by rock legends like Motorhead, Rob Zombie and more...

Road Rebel is the real battle of the bands -- a multiplayer car combat game with badass vehicles custom designed for real rock legends. Rob Zombie, Motorhead, Pussy Riot, and more, each has their own car loaded with an arsenal of band-inspired pyrotechnic weapons. Blast their music tracks while you blast your friends online in epic rock-themed battle arenas, competing in the ultimate destruction derby.

Drive badass combat cars fueled with music by rock n’ roll hellraisers. Smash through walls and blow up your friends! Shoot flamethrowers and machine guns! Play with friends locally or battle them across the network!

Then pop the hood on the game and make it your own!  

In a pioneering “crowd-development” effort , Monstrous is turning over the keys, sharing source code and in-house development tools to bring in gamers as designers and decision makers. All while the game is still being made.

"We knew no game publisher in their right mind would go along with crowd development," says Monstrous Company CEO, Jason Asbahr. "So we’ve taken Road Rebel directly to gamers via Kickstarter, where supporters actually become game developers, as they participate in the design and development of the project."

Together, Monstrous and the newly gathered crowd-development “team” will use the company’s Soniverse Engine technology to create a totally new music-driven play mechanic.

“We want to create an unique, musically immersive cinematic experience,” says Asbahr, "a psychedelic heavy metal rock opera on wheel". “Nearly everything you see in the game is affected by the music you hear - blur effects, rate of weapons fire, weather, timing of missiles hitting targets, even terrain-warping and time distortion."

Road Rebel's Kickstarter rewards keep pace with the revved-up, no-holds-barred theme: Party with the Texas Roller Derby Girls, who are featured in the game. Shoot machine guns in the desert with the Monstrous team. Crush cars with real armored tanks. It's like living in your own game!

Check out Road Rebel's Kickstarter here and get behind the wheel.

We're going to keep some of the stretch goals secret, but here's the ones we can tell you about for now:

  • $300,000: Funded -- You'll have to get here first!
  • $350,000: DLC1 -- New Kickstarter-only car, Kickstarter-only level, and more!
  • $400,000: The Woz -- Mac OS X port!
  • $450,000: Team Spirit -- Get an email and cool vinyl sticker for $100+ levels!
  • $500,000: King of the World -- Webcast and tutorial on Level Building 
  • $550,000: DLC2 -- New weapons, levels, and pedestrians (heh heh)
  • $600,000: Penguin Love -- Linux port!
  • $650,000: Driver's Ed -- Webcast and tutorial on Vehicle Physics 
  • $700,000: The Droids You're Looking For -- Android port!
  • ...more to come!

The new Road Rebel will use procedural generation techniques to drives blur effects, weather, rate of weapons fire, timing of missile to hit targets, even terrain warping and time distortion. This creates a unique, musically immersive, cinematic experience -- a psychedelic heavy metal rock opera on wheels.

Each driver competes in a multi-tiered tournament that demands stellar skillz to handle careening combat cars loaded with pyrotechnic weapons. You and your friends master towering jumps, perform death-defying stunts, launch car-mounted missiles, and blast each other with machine guns. 

Behind the driver’s seat of your very own Road Rebel vehicle, you plunge into exotic racing complexes. You can see all the explosive action around you via AI-powered drone cameras. Rob Zombie, Motorhead, Pussy Riot, and more, blast an ear-bleeding soundtrack as you use their cars to fire up a feast of destruction.

But that's not all! In the world of Road Rebel, the exciting and sexy all-female sport of roller derby has evolved to motorized glorious mayhem. And when the TXRD, a world-class collection of female powerhouses who fear nothing and love to rock, heard about Road Rebel, they traded their quad-skates for 4 wheels. No one was prepared for the epic carnage they would unleash! You can select your crew from among real and badass women of TXRD. Roller Soviet Crusha drives your car to the sounds of Pussy Riot! Greta Ground-N-Pound grinds gears in Rob Zombie’s customizable ride! 

Jump on Monstrous’ online servers and battle your way around the planet as you face off against other drivers in a globally ranked ladder competition. Play in story mode and challenge each of the drivers in the Road Rebel universe in a bracket tournament that will explore their interwoven backstories. Or create your own levels and content to share and play with your friends.

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