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Demolition racer Next Car Game finally has a proper name

Bugbear Entertainment's PC racing game that we've known as Next Car Game for the past year finally has a name: Wreckfest.

The developer unveiled the name today alongside an announcement that the driving game's latest build was live. Wreckfest, Bugbear explained, was an apt name for the demolition racer, as it references the kind of pile-ups one might see in a NASCAR race or destruction derby. The fact that it could easily rhyme with "breakfast," the most important meal of the day, appears to be a happy byproduct.

Wreckfest will now support up to 18 players in multiplayer, with the ultimate goal reaching 24, the developer said. Current multiplayer modes include Racing, Demolition Derby, Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch.

More details about what's new with the game formerly known as Next Car Game are available at the developer's official site.

Bugbear Entertainment, the Finnish developer of FlatOut and Ridge Racer Unbounded, attempted to fund its next car game via Kickstarter last year, but canceled its fundraising drive for a different approach. The studio moved Next Car Game to Steam Early Access, where it quickly found success. For more on Bugbear Entertainment's effort to crowd-develop Wreckfest, read Polygon's interview with lead game designer Janne Suur-Näkki.

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