Update: thanks to GalacticeMage, we found out that Opposite Lock was an early beta version of Wreckin Crew! The graphic style remained the same, but the screenshot in the gallery below is probably from a target render (also the HUD is different). Check the video from the final game for a comparison.
Opposite Lock is a cancelled racing game that was in development by QUICKDRAW DEVELOPMENT / Telstar for the Playstation, Saturn and PC. Celine found a screenshot of this project in PlayMag magazine issue #4: it seems that Opposite Lock was going to be an arcade with colorful graphic and stylized vehicles based on real-life cars (as Chevrolet and Ford). It’s currently unkown why the game was canned.
Here’s the original press release:
Based around a blisteringly fast game engine, Opposite Lock is an arcade style, 3D hot rod racing game that also includes combat and stunt driving aspects. With most driving games nowadays concentrating on showing off the polygon engine rather than presenting a fast and furious racing game, Opposite Lock sets out to redress this balance by putting the FUN back into the genre. Modern racing games tend towards the simulation end of the driving spectrum and ignore the qualities that made Hard Driving, Power Drift and Mario Kart so popular. Opposite Lock offers you the chance to drive a whole host of stylised and customised vehicles from 1957 Chevrolets to Ford pickups, each with their own individual attack moves. There are stunt tracks, cup competitions and head to head modes, not to mention a demolition derby competition and a complete action replay and video editing suite to play back and save your favourite moments.
– Multi-player option that allows up to 32 players on a network.
In-game pickups and upgrades, including weapons, nitros and repair kits.
– Over 100 different road side objects which interact with the players car. Hit a tyre stack and the tyres bounce all over the track!
– Full screen VGA and SVGA modes ensure that you are in the thick of the action at all times.
Thanks to Celine for the contribution!
Video (from the final version):
This looks an awful lot like wreckin crew. Could it just be beta screenshots of it? wreckin crew was also made by quickdraw development for telstar. i’ll have to find the game again to see if it contains the same cars mentioned.
Wow, good memory GalacticeMage! You are probably right, this game looks like an early version of Wreckin Crew! At least from this video:
Are we sure this isn’t SpeedRage and not Wreckin’ Crew?
This looks like Wreckin Crew to me. Look at the yellow car model in the screenshot above and then look at this screen capture from Wreckin Crew.
The car models in SpeedRage look very different from this.