Top-down arcade racer GeneRally 2 to enter Steam Early Access this month 

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Curious Chicken Games’ GeneRally 2 enters the finishing straight with a Steam Early Access release date announcement.
Top-down arcade racer GeneRally 2 to enter Steam Early Access this month 

Curious Chicken Games has announced its top-down arcade racer GeneRally 2 is coming to Steam Early Access on the 30th of May. 

The sequel to GeneRally – the original internet racing sensation of the early 2000s – GeneRally 2 retains many of the characteristics that made the original so popular.  

Originally developed by Finnish brothers Hannu and Jukka Räbinä, the game gained interest thanks to its vibrant hotlapping scene, where players would share replay files of their fastest laps online (aided by tiny, dial-up friendly replay files) and have them merged together to create a ‘race’ replay. 

In 2010 GeneRally 2 changed hands to Curious Chicken Games (with the blessing of the original developers) and was worked on part-time up until 2022. However, now it’s full steam ahead with a five-strong team with Steam Early Access the next step towards a full v1.0 release.

GeneRally 2 aims to build on popular features from the prequel; including its diverse track editor, pitstop functionality and fast-paced racing action. The sequel also adds local multiplayer to the mix, including more advanced tyre wear and damage models. 

The game will feature front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive cars which can be driven across 12 different surface types, with five different cars available at launch (and more in the pipeline for the future). 

A blast from the past: Hands-on with GeneRally 2’s demo

Players can even create their tracks and share them via the Steam Workshop, racing online against human opponents or challenging the AI offline (online multiplayer will be added at some point in the Early Access period).

We sampled the GeneRally 2 demo back in February and were impressed with the game’s “intuitive handling” and “fast-paced action”, making this a title we’re very much looking forward to trying again. 

GeneRally 2 track editor
GeneRally 2’s powerful track editor

When will GeneRally 2 enter Steam Early Access? 

GeneRally 2 will launch into Steam Early Access on the 30th May 2023. 

How much will GeneRally 2 cost? 

GeneRally 2 will cost 14,99 EUR / 14.99 USD / 12.99 GBP when it enters Steam Early Access. 

Are you looking forward to the return of GeneRally? Let us know in the comments below. 

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