Burnout Paradise was something of a seminal driving game, bringing the ridiculously happy and expansive competitive gameplay of the Burnout series to the open-world genre. Wreckreation, the latest driving title from developer Three Fields Entertainment, feels like a spiritual successor to the legacy of Burnout Paradise, but with a huge expansion in player control ideas: you’re not just driving in the world, you’re remaking it better. it seems to you
Publisher THQ Nordic announced Wreckreation during its gaming showcase live stream and gave GameSpot an early look at the title earlier in the week. The first look at the game leans into the absurdity of its premise, where all kinds of vehicles can race on player-created tracks and obstacles that can be adjusted on the fly. Wreckreation is an open world game with a driving focus, and it looks like it will be full of opportunities for competitive vehicular silliness.
Three Fields Entertainment is a studio made up of developers from Electronic Arts and Criterion Games, including people who previously worked on the Burnout and Need for Speed series, and it’s clear that the “shipwreck” side of the game draws inspiration from those beloved racing titles. Stunts, crashes, and takedowns are a big part of the events you’ll be competing in, and it seems like pretty much everything in the game will give you opportunities for those competitions. Instead of covering a city, Wreckreation takes place in its own driving zone. condition, made up of four different counties that you can explore to discover shortcuts, challenges, and breakable billboards. There are 400 square kilometers of area in the game, and you can drive in all of it, according to Three Fields; by contrast, the Forza Horizon 5 map is estimated to be 107 square kilometers.
The other half of the package is “creation,” which is where it seems like Wreckreation might set itself apart. Its “Live Mix” mode lets you edit the game on the fly, build tracks to race on, or just drop pieces like ramps into the world for an impromptu stunt. Those pieces are the same ones developers have access to, according to the presentation, but Live Mix isn’t a separate editor; it allows you to add items to the world and then start playing on them seamlessly. You’ll also be able to share what you do with other players, if you want, or just create things to play solo and against computer controlled racers.
There’s also the “Game DJ” capability, which seems to give you quick access to whatever kind of event you want to play. Three Fields emphasized that while game developers generally set the cadence and pace for players to access content in games, Game DJ is meant to be the opposite, giving players full control of the experience.
Wreckreation does not yet have a release date. The game is slated for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PS5, and PC.
THQ Nordic also announced a few other new games, including a reboot of the survival-horror classic Alone in the Dark, a management sim about building houses for aliens called Space for Sale, and an RTS-style real-time strategy game. 1990s called Tempest Rising.
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