Wipeout-inspired racer Antigraviator speeds onto Kickstarter
After a drought spanning nearly a decade without any suggestion of a new Wipeout, F-Zero, or any racing title of similar ilk, 2016 and 2017 have seen a resurgence of the futuristic racing sub-genre with stellar titles like Redout and Fast RMX.
The latest game to come forth in this futuristic racing renaissance is Antigraviator, the debut title of independent Belgian developer Cybernetic Walrus. Combining the tactile handling and boost power of F-Zero with Wipeout-style tracks and barrel rolls, Antigraviator feels like a true homage to both of these classic titles.
Not wanting to be a copycat, however, Antigraviator also introduces a new mechanic that allows players to trigger obstructions like avalanches and on-track weaponry to potentially block or destroy competing racers, giving the game a cut-throat feel despite the title's lack of traditional weaponry.
Alongside the game’s recently-opened Kickstarter, the studio has released a free playable alpha demo on PC with multiple tracks, vehicle aesthetics, and 4-player split-screen support, giving all potential players and backers the chance to try out the game for themselves.
Online multiplayer and a full single-player campaign have been promised for the final game as well, which will launch later this year on PC and Xbox One.