DRAG, a racing game that has been in the works for years, is close to being ready for an early access release. Let’s go over some of the details we now so far about the new game.

New DRAG Racing Game

Developed by Orontes Games, DRAG has been in the works since 2001 as a side project by two brothers, Thorsten and Christian Folkers. The project picked up steam in 2013, and the racing title is now close to an early access release.

DRAG is a futuristic racing game, and its developers claim that its physics engine is unlike any other racing game you’ve seen before. The title features 4CPT-technology (4-way contact point traction), and with this, dynamic wheel loads result in true physical weight transfer. That, combined with a soft-body tire model, results in a gaming engine where every component of vehicles simulates in real time.

DRAG also gives gamers a rather pure racing experience, as the developers have abstained from adding in driving aid features, such as stability control. This, as Orontes Games puts it, makes DRAG stand out from others indie racing games.

Here is a trailer for the upcoming game:

DRAG Features

In DRAG, gamers can follow other drivers by utilizing slipstream, hence where the name ‘DRAG‘ comes from. If you follow your opponents closely, you’ll gain a boost which is at your disposal, but use it strategically. If you get too close to another vehicle, you may ram into another car and take permanent damage.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you try to deliberately push your opponent off the road, you’ll wind up losing a wheel or two. This can be quite harmful for your vehicle since there’s no respawn option in online races, making wheel-to-wheel racing much more hardcore and intense.

Here are some additional features:

  • 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

Although there is no firm release date for the game right now, it is scheduled to be released sometime in 2020. DRAG will be available for Windows, as well as Linux. The game will come with native Linux support since the game is being developed under Linux.

The game, as well as early access for the game, will also be available on Steam.