Our reader Andrew Gan has informed us about an interesting off-road driving game for the PC that is being Kickstarted, called Spintires. Spintires is being developed by Oovee Game Studios, and there is a tech demo for you to download. As the company claims, this tech demo does not contain any game-play element and is merely made available to demonstrate the technical aspects of Spintires.
The team aims to raise £40K in the next 27 days.
In Spintires, players will take responsibility of operating large off-road trucks and venture across the all-terrain landscapes with only a map and compass to guide you.
The game will feature a unique terrain deformation system and interactive environment. Not only that, but every asset has its own physical property that can be interacted with, or deformed. For example, adding different truck accessories to your truck will change the experience slightly too, since each accessory has its own benefit or some could actually be a hindrance.
According to its Kickstarter page, Spintires utilizes a gaming engine called ‘VeeEngine’. The ‘VeeEngine’ has been built from the ground up specifically for Spintires and therefore has been optimised for this particular game genre.
The ‘VeeEngine’ features a unique and flexible VEHICLE/MUD/WATER interaction model that is very fast.
The mud interaction model is achieved by a solution that relies on vertex-texture-fetch technology. A low-resolution heightmap is substituted by a high-resolution heightmap; this is then procedurally deformed by any physical body that penetrates it.
This definitely sounds unique and interesting, so make sure to at least check it out.