DRAG is an upcoming futuristic racing game for Linux and Windows PC. Thanks to developer Orontes Games. Due to arrive in 2020 on Steam Early Access.
In terms of vehicle physics, completely new paths are available in DRAG. With the introduction of 4CPT-technology (4-way contact point traction). So expect dynamic wheel loads for true physical weight transfer. Also in combination with a soft body tire model. Since this mean every component of the vehicle is simulated in real time. Down to the grab mass of the tire profile. While taking inspiration from Richard Burns Rally. As well as Spintires and BeamNG. Work on the debut title DRAG started back in 2013. But now the game is now getting close to an Early Access release.
With deliberate restraint of driving aids like stability control. The driving feel is as pure as it can be. Something unheard of among many modern racing games. While making DRAG a refreshing indie take on the racing genre.
DRAG – Early Access Trailer
It also comes with a damage model. This allows for a competitive multiplayer wheel to wheel racing in rallycross fashion. Driving fast on a loose surface in close proximity of your opponents is challenging. Also a bit hard to master and highly rewarding.
How does it work?
You can follow other drivers by utilizing slipstream. Hence the name of the game DRAG. If you follow your opponents closely you will also gain boost. Which is at your disposal for overtaking. But should be used carefully. If you get too close and ram another vehicle, you take permanent damage.
So if you intentionally push your opponents off track. You will probably end up with a wheel or two missing. With the current more hardcore online game mode. There’s also no respawn in online races. Which makes wheel to wheel racing extremely intense.
To stay out of trouble or in case you can’t pass another driver. Since you can risk damage, use the joker lap. That’s a longer route that everyone has to take at least once in DRAG race. It’s a strategic element you can use to your advantage to win the race.
- 24 Singleplayer challenges
- Multiplayer wheel-to-wheel racing in online or split screen matches
- designed to be played with gamepad or keyboard
- (support for racing wheels will be added in Early Access)
Since the DRAG custom engine is being developed under Linux. The futuristic racing game also comes with native Linux support. Plus cross platform Linux Windows multiplayer. The release date is still TBA. As is the price, for now. But you can Wishlist the game on Steam.