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I've been in contact with one of the people behind DRAG, a fantastic looking racing game which will come to Linux soon. The fun fact is that the game engine is custom built under Linux too. The developer I spoke to, Thorsten Folkers, wanted us to announce it early to gather a bit of interest. They certainly have my full attention, that's for sure. 

I have to say, I'm really excited about this one. Not just because we don't have enough good racing games, but because of all the detail that's going into making it. They're simulating 4-suspension physics to make the car really feel realistic, just take a look at this:

The crazy thing is—this is built by two people, two brothers in fact.

As for the game engine, it's built to use OpenGL 4.5 with Vulkan possibly coming at a later date. They've been working on this for a while, with the game engine being a private side-project since 2001. They said the game engine really started to come together sometime in 2011, when they decided to really take it further. It's been a long road for them, but with a release coming soon they will finally be able to see what people really think of it.

It will feature:

  • Singleplayer
  • Online Multiplayer
  • Splitscreen Online Multiplayer
  • Realistic physics, suspension and driving mechanics
  • Support for all common Gamepads
  • Windows / Linux (Steam OS) support from day one
  • Available on Steam early access in 2018
  • Price 29.99$

Here's some more gifs they sent me, I've converted them to small video files to save your bandwith:

 And another one to show off the damage model:

If you want to read more on it, they've been keeping a development log here. They also did some more background info here in a post here.

I've been told we will get a Steam key to check it out next month and the current plan for release is around March/April, this is one to firmly mark on your calendar. Looks like it could be a serious amount of fun and good racing games is something Linux certainly needs a lot more of. If it really is anything like the shots they're showing off, it really could be a big hit with gamers.

Note: Article updated to be clear that the release is expected in March/April.

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rat2000 19 Jan, 2018
They say it will be released on steam, but I wonder why they did not put that coming soon or something on steam.
But I am looking forward to this one anyhow. Looks good. Very good actually.
Liam Dawe 19 Jan, 2018
catskinsoxThat must be Liam driving on that last gif. ;)
Don't worry, I will show plenty of crashing into everything when we're able to get a look.
mirv 7 years 19 Jan, 2018
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Another interested person here. Congrats on turning a side project into something, and the early impressions here look good.
pete910 19 Jan, 2018
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Pardon language!

Looks fucking awesome to me!! :D

Am also waiting for someone to comment on the motor stator(windings) in the wheels that have no real purpose. :P

Does look good though


@ThorstenFolkers

Will this support steer wheels ?


Last edited by pete910 on 19 January 2018 at 1:21 pm UTC
Alm888 19 Jan, 2018
ThorstenFolkersWe rely on some Steam matchmaking features for the online Multiplayer and also copy-protection. So a DRM-free version is possible in the future but is not something we are working towards at the moment.

Thanks!

Thorsten
Thank you for your response! Sadly, I'm not interested anymore and will pass. Good luck!
KrootShaper 19 Jan, 2018
Looks cool! But as far as racing games go, we do have them, but we do not have THE racing game.
Assetto Corsa, it has no match as far as sims go atleast.
But i will probably pick this one up anyways :)
pete910 19 Jan, 2018
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KrootShaperLooks cool! But as far as racing games go, we do have them, but we do not have THE racing game.
Assetto Corsa, it has no match as far as sims go atleast.
But i will probably pick this one up anyways :)

Can I borrow your crystal ball please ?
Guest 19 Jan, 2018
ThorstenFolkersHi guys,

thanks for the feedback!

Will there be other vehicles than the one buggy type, like racing trucks ? What about skins ?



Spoiler, click me
(also will there be hats)


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PublicNuisance 19 Jan, 2018
Well it worked, they have my attention. Price seems good as well. I'm hoping for a DRM free relase just like Alm888 and others. "In the future" as has been reported is better than not at all for that.


Last edited by PublicNuisance on 19 January 2018 at 1:32 pm UTC
Salvatos 19 Jan, 2018
meggermanWill there be other vehicles than the one buggy type
Also interested to know about this and what racing modes/environments are planned.

I don't do racing a lot, but like others above vehicle damage is something that helps get my attention and I still don't own a racing game that runs on Linux so this could be the first.
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