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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.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Kohrias 19 January 2018 at 11:33 am UTC
Wow, nice. I am definitely interested. 15+ years of development is really something.
scaine 19 January 2018 at 11:49 am UTC
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I'm not a fan of racing games, but this is an insta-buy for me. For the reason mentioned, I don't own a wheel, but I wonder what the wheel support is like. Gonna check out their blog while waiting for their steam page to go live so that I can wishlist it.
Orontes-Games 19 January 2018 at 12:01 pm UTC
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Hi guys,

thanks for the feedback!

DRAG is not in development since 15 years. We were working regular jobs back then and the engine was a private side project. We are working fulltime on this game since 12 and 20 months.

The release date will be March to April depending on what we will have to polish further.
February was probably miscommunication!

There will be a release discount for the first week!

Looking forward racing you guys soon!

Thorsten
Liam Dawe 19 January 2018 at 12:02 pm UTC
Correction: We should be getting a look next month, with a release due in March/April. Apologies for any confusion there.
FredO 19 January 2018 at 12:06 pm UTC
You've got my interest, this looks awesome. Linux friendly too, so supporting this is one of those more simple decisions.
Liam Dawe 19 January 2018 at 12:11 pm UTC
KohriasWow, nice. I am definitely interested. 15+ years of development is really something.
As mentioned (in the article and now by the developer too) the game has not been in development for 15 years. The game engine was a side-project back then

Glad it turned into something though, very exciting.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 19 January 2018 at 12:21 pm UTC
Alm888 19 January 2018 at 12:16 pm UTC
ThorstenFolkersHi guys,
Looking forward racing you guys soon!
Thorsten
Hi!
And what about distribution platforms?
Steam-exclusive? Or will there be DRM-free versions?


Last edited by Alm888 on 19 January 2018 at 12:17 pm UTC
fenevadkan 19 January 2018 at 12:23 pm UTC
wow, really nice game. I like the kind of racing games, where car destruction is possible, without that it is kind of empty and unrealistic. The best one was for me so far: Dirt Showdown, so this one is really impressive with normal racing + destruction and nice graphics and other goodies like steam controller support, multiplayer, split screen. Keep up the good work.


Last edited by fenevadkan on 22 January 2018 at 7:19 pm UTC
Orontes-Games 19 January 2018 at 12:30 pm UTC
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Alm888
ThorstenFolkersHi guys,
Looking forward racing you guys soon!
Thorsten
Hi!
And what about distribution platforms?
Steam-exclusive? Or will there be DRM-free versions?

Hi!

We 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
Nibelheim 19 January 2018 at 12:40 pm UTC
Linux support + seems a nice simulation = stfu and take my money.

Thank's devs !
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