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Friday, March 23, 2001
Crazy Car Q&A
9:47 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A new interview with three of the developers from Synaptic Soup has been posted at PC Game World. In the Q&A, they discuss various aspects of Crazy Car Championship, the racing title due out early next year. The game is based upon Cipher, their new cross-platform 3D engine which allows the game to run on a Mac, PC, or next-gen consoles effortlessly. While this is no guarantee we'll see Crazy Car Championship on our platform (that's up to a Mac publisher to decide), it's always good to see a new Mac-compatible 3D engine out there. Hopefully more game makers will want to license Cipher once it matures later this year.

In the interview, the Synaptic Soup gang answers questions about their first title, the advantages of the GeForce 3, and a little of the inspiration behind Crazy Car Championship. Here's an excerpt with an answer from development director Vince Farquharson:

PC Gameworld: Crazy Car Championship is described as "Flash Gordon meets Jules Verne meets Cannon Ball Run." When designing a new game what was the thought process that led you to putting all those ideas together and which parts came in which order?

Vince Farquharson: The first thing to drop into place was the idea of a racing game where you could build your own cars from a selection of components and then enter them in races. The next thing was to think about what type of components these should be. The idea of mixing radically different technologies seemed like the best way to exploit the mix and match gameplay. Victorian steam-tech and atomic future-tech were settled on because they gave us a great deal of scope for the design of the cars and components. Next came the idea of setting the game on flying islands to give some great looking scenery and allow for interesting track design. The last, and obvious, step was to have the islands follow the same steam meets atomic tech look.

Check out the rest of the interview for more info. Also be sure to have a read through IMG's own Q&A with Synaptic Soup from last year.

Synaptic Soup Web Site
Crazy Car Championship Q&A at PC Game World
IMG Interview with Synaptic Soup

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