Pressure Overdrive / Heart of Scrap at Gamescom 2016
At Gamescom 2016, we also found Chasing Carrots with their games, Pressure Overdrive! and the upcoming Heart of Scrap. We had the chance to talk with Josef Vorbeck, producer at Chasing Carrots and he told us a few things about both games.
Josef told us the game is a twin-stick arcade racing shoot’em up with a lot of classic elements put in a steampunk universe.
“Pressure Overdrive is a complete overhaul of the original Pressure game. First off, we have refined the controls, so that steering your buggy and shooting feels much more intuitive. Furthermore, we have added new weapons, boss fights and upgrades. And last but not least, the visuals have been partially overhauled, too.”
As Morgan jumps into the river to take a refreshing bath, he lands hard and dusty: The river has vanished! It’s time to start up your steambuggy and pull the plug on this maniac water thief Count Soap II. Stop his evil plans to erect his gigantic “uber-spa”!
The studio of Chasing Carrots is comprised of 7 full-time employees as well as a freelancer and an intern. The game has been in development for about a year now and it is planned to be released around November 2016. “We still have to do our PlayStation 4 and Xbox One submissions though since we want to come to consoles too,” said Josef.
“Our main difficulty with developing the game was that we came from a different engine. In the end of the day though, Unity proved to be much easier to use and work with,” explained Josef. He told us that Unity was the best engine around at the moment so they just went with it and they ended up being very pleased with the results.
During Gamescom, the company showcased a demo of the game that at the moment contains about 50% of the content that we are going to see when the game fully releases. “We are still working on an endless mode since we want to add more replayability to the game,” said Josef.
Heart of Scrap
Josef also talked to us about their upcoming game, Heart of Scrap. It is a turn-based strategy simulation game with a unique control scheme.
Heart of Scrap is a tactical turn-based strategy game with a unique twist and lots of physics. In HoS you build your own ships from scratch, fitted to your needs and suited for various battle arenas. The timeline-based control system gives you full control over all ship elements, so you can tweak your maneuvers to the max.
“The game is still very early in development and will probably be released in late 2017,” said Josef, which means we might get to see a more finished version of the game during next year’s Gamescom 2017. We were told that the studio had a stable prototype in their hands so they decided to showcase it during Gamescom 2016 and get as much feedback as they can on it. “Most of the time, we develop games in the dark, so it’s good to get the players’ feedback from time to time.”