Go back to the future with the latest Wreckfest update

Go back to the future with the latest Wreckfest update

The Wreckfest renaissance continues apace with June 2021 Tournament update.

The big-ticket item is the free new playground track, available for all players across all platforms. Wrecking Madness is a fresh area where you can test out the punishing crash physics, and a new ‘Extreme’ damage mode is also included to turn up the madness to the max level.

Before Wreckfest released, it was being crowd-funded under the title ‘Next Car Game’. As a preview for early supporters, a “Sneak Peek” demo was released, which featured a playground to destroy vehicles.

The new Wrecking Madness area is this testbed but updated with contemporary cars and visuals. It’s crazy, with massive jumps, a metal spider that smashes your vehicle to smithereens and all sorts of weird and wonderful obstacles – all designed for maximum damage.

Wreckfest Wrecking Madness Tournament update

Wrecking Playground and the Extreme damage setting are both available for multiplayer Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch modes too.

The Tournament update, the area of the game where you can compete online challenges to earn ‘fame’ to unlock new items, for June and July will focus on the demolition arena, with points awarded for your crashing and jumping skills.

Wreckfest Wrecking Playground

The Tournament reward is a special Speedbird GT with a Next Car Game livery, harking back to those early days of game development.

The update is available right now, including the new venue, with the Tournament mode set to reset with new challenges in a few hours’ time. It also brings with it a slew of minor tweaks, which we’ve listed in the changelog below.

Finally, the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions and upgrade path are available digitally today, while the PS5’s physical release is also released. There’s a mysterious free bonus car for these platforms too.

Wreckfest June 2021 update changelog


  • Added a new track: Wrecking Playground.
  • Server admins note: the internal designation for the track is wrecker01_1.


  • Introducing new tournament: Wrecking Madness
  • New tournament reward car: Speedbird GT.


  • (XB1/XSX) Game no longer sporadically crashes during multiplayer.
  • (PS5) Improved Voice Chat reliability.
  • (PS5) Improved multisample anti-aliasing.
  • (PS5) Improved performance.


  • Improved dynamic objects syncing over network.


  • Added a new “Extreme” damage mode.
  • Improved Bandit and Bandit Ripper handling.
  • Improved dynamic dirt for a number of vehicles.


  • Speedbird engine audio no longer cuts off when the engine is over-revved.
  • Schoolbus, Motorhome, Supervan & Sofa Car loaners: Fixed triggering misconfiguration with gearshifter sounds.
  • (PS5) Fixed surface material misconfiguration that disabled some surface sounds and their haptic feedback.
  • (PS5) Decreased the effect of in-game physics to haptics intensity of track object and car-to-car collision rumbles.
  • (PS5) Added unique dynamic skid rumble for asphalt surfaces (take that Rocket RX for a spin!).
  • (PS5) Added unique rumble for barrel and fence collisions, player vehicle gearshift and backfires.
  • (PS5) Adjusted rumble style of low momentum collisions with track objects for a sharper/snappier feel.
  • (PS5) Lowered centre frequency of low-intensity car-to-car collision rumbles.
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