Update (July 5): The developer has canceled this Kickstarter project due to its striking similarities to F-Zero and harsh fan feedback. He says he may give it another go once he works on the game’s presentation.
Zero Gravity AX, a futuristic racing game that claims to be a spiritual successor to F-Zero, has surfaced as a Kickstarter project for Wii U.
German developer Dave Strauß, along with five other racing enthusiasts with several years of game design experience, thinks “it is time to give new life to a fallen [F-Zero] franchise.” The six-man team seeks a minimum funding goal of $127,555 by August 3 to develop the game.
If funded, Zero Gravity AX is planned for a August 2016 release on Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC — to be available in both digital and physical retail versions. Additional funding tiers — stretch goals — would add support for online multiplayer, a battle mode, and multi-language and stereoscopic 3D for Oculus Rift.
Don’t be fooled: The image above is not a direct representation of the iconic Blue Falcon vehicle from the heralded F-Zero series; it’s what the developer calls the “Cool Falcon.” While it was programmed into Zero Gravity AX to show gameplay, the developer claims “we never had the intention to 100% copy the design,” — further noting that it will not be included in the final game.
Aside from a few color variations for the Cool Falcon, no other vehicle models exist for Zero Gravity AX — at least not on the project’s Kickstarter page. At the time of this writing, twelve people have contributed a total of $306 toward the Zero Gravity AX Kickstarter project.