R8Games is an independent developer founded in 2014, and consists of staff members that previously worked on the Wipeout franchise. Recently, the developer revealed their new project—tentatively titled Formula Fusion—which looks very much like a Wipeout-inspired anti-gravity racer. You can view a trailer for it above.
Formula Fusion may not end up being a strictly indie game, though. A member of the R8Games team that goes by the online handle “MrFisty” has been discussing the game on the Wipeout Zone forums, which is one of the most committed Wipeout communities on the net. In a recent post on September 19th, MrFisty revealed that the trailer you see above is more of a visual prototype being used to attract attention from publishers.
“It was actually created (in a few months I might add) to stir things up with publishers, to generate interest and also to provide funding opportunities—in the same way a ‘pilot’ may be used for films with investors,” MrFisty wrote. “It is a ‘Huge’ project and not one that we can do without help—so we are being brave and aiming high.”
He continued, “Things have changed in the games industry now. ‘Very few’ publishers actually believe in AG Racing as a valid next gen genre—so we are trying to convince people of the ‘potential’, and to set up a studio staffed with other ex-Wipeout devs, (with some new Wipeout dev talent of course) to hopefully carry the torch again. But this time being much more open with the community.”
Music for Fomula Fusion is being composed by Dub Fx, a band based in Melbourne.