Bugbear has announced Next Car Game has “reached and topped” the developer’s original campaign funding goal in just a week after the availability of Early Access through pre-orders.
The milestone was met “only a couple of days before Christmas,” and sales of the title doubled during the holiday week. The firm also announced that the game’s demo has been downloaded over 50,000 times.
“It was the first time we were going to show the game to everyone, and we were very anxious to hear the feedback, but the game took the Internet by storm: the first Early Access release doubled the sales of the title during the Christmas week,” said Bugbear in a statement.
“Last autumn, we had a stretch of bad luck with our Kickstarter campaign, and it didn’t reach the goal we were aiming for. Even so, we didn’t lose our faith in the game and wanted to get it in the hands of the players as soon as possible. And thanks to our great supporters, we really couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present.
“All this is of course a testament to how awesome crowd of supporters we are fortunate enough to have. Although our game is still at a pretty early stage, and as such, contains many missing features and numerous bugs, the players have loved what we already got and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve already received a plenty of smart suggestions for future improvements, some of which will of course find their way into the final game.
“During the coming months we’re going to give the game a lot of polish as well as implement new exciting features, and our Early Access supporters have an opportunity to experience the game as it develops and get involved in the development.”
Next Car Game is in development for PC with console versions possible later if enough money is raised.
You can look over the latest set of screenshots through the official website.