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Pedestrian carnage arcade classic Carmageddon to make a return?

Carmaggedon developer Stainless Games is looking to its fans to fund a long-awaited fourth title in the series.

Ultra violent driving game Carmageddon could be making a return as the title's original developers Stainless Games look for crowd-sourced funding through Kickstarter to release a sequel.

Stainless is hoping to raise $400,000 (£250,000) for Carmageddon: Reincarnation, hoping that fans will be inspired by the opportunity to once again be rewarded for running down everything and anything that moves. Whether it's pedestrians or cattle, gamers will be striving to get top points in its infamous, Death Race 2000-inspired scoring system.

Carmageddon was first released in 1997 and was met with widespread controversy. Initially the human pedestrians were replaced by zombies with green blood in order to lessen the impact on sensitive audiences.

Yet, it was later released in its original glory and also inspired two sequels: Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now and Carmageddon TDR 2000.

The title's tongue in cheek approach to comedy and inventive gameplay meant that it was an instant success, and there's not many gamers in their 20s that don't remember aspiring to play the X-rated game, much to their parent's disdain.

Five of the game's original eight developers are back for Reincarnation, which promises to reboot everything that made the title popular and so much fun to play. Obviously fans of the original will be most looking forward to seeing pedestrians flying off their bonnet with the addition of full ragdoll physics.

"We've been able to very quickly get a prototype up and running," Neil Barnden, co-founder of Stainless, told the BBC.

"With pedestrians running around, we're all just spending a lot of our day laughing like drains at things that happen in the game."

Gamers will also be able to take their pedestrian killing antics online for the first time in the series' history, allowing for an exhilarating multiplayer experience that was previously restricted to local area network parties.

The famous action replay facility will be making a return with a contemporary touch: gamers will be able to post their best hits straight to YouTube and other social media sites.

Stainless, which is a UK-based firm, had to set up a company in the US in order to source funding through Kickstarter due to tax issues.

They hope to follow in the footsteps of other developers who have successfully funded their title through a fan base. Double Fine Adventure had particular success, raising $3.3 million (£2.1 million), as well as a next generation version of the original Leisure Suit Larry, which raised $650,000 (£400,000).ADNFCR-1220-ID-801360721-ADNFCR