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Early Access progress

Since its release on to Steam Early Access in April, Jalopy has enjoyed very positive reviews (currently 83%) and has a huge installed fan base.  Developer Greg Pryjmachuk has barely been away from his computer since then and has been busy adding new updates and features.  The latest build which is officially known as the Hungary update, opens up the border crossing to explore a whole new country.  But this update is much, much more than that.  

The unique concept of Jalopy features a fictional Laika 601 Deluxe motor car reminiscent of the much-maligned East German “Trabbie” and it will need tender love and care to keep it going on this memorable road trip!  Set during the fall of communism, a pocket full of marks and a new world ahead of you, take a dilapidated hunk of metal and embark on a grand journey to the territories of the former Eastern bloc.

Developer Greg Pryjmachuk is no stranger to driving simulations as a former game developer working on the Formula 1 franchise but his new vision is a far cry from the high performance racing car. 

Eastern Bloc road trip

Explore new routes and territory in your trusty rust bucket Laika 601 and enjoy the benefit of this substantial update with new features and fixes whilst you take a road trip through a procedurally generated world.

With the addition of a new territory the developer has included subtleties to each territory so that the player truly feels like they’re in a different country.  One of these is the use of branding on items such as cigarettes, wine and even sausages.  Using player feedback we have also added an odometer to keep track of how far you’ve travelled in this new expanded territory, a big request from many Jalopy gamers.

Vehicle Customisation

New spray paints are available from your Laika dealership so without need to visit a body shop you can customise your Laika 601 both inside and out.  You can mix colours to get exactly the shade you want – whatever your taste - and there is even a metallic finish available.  And if you’re a person of real taste and class you can choose from a range of decals from go-faster stripes and flames to a checkerboard roof!  Nice!! We will be closely monitoring the feedback of the decal system whilst in Early Access with a view to further expansion in the full release.

Vehicle Maintenance

The car manual has also been through an overhaul to address the texture images and improve functionality.  You can also check the weight limit of your car and remove excess items from the trunk if needs be to improve your Laika’s performance. Remember everything from cargo weight to the condition of your carburettor will affect your progress on the open road.

Game performance

As the uncle (your driving companion) has been causing some issues, we’ve put him on garden leave for now.  We hope he will re-join the journey at some point in the future but for now he’ll be doing what he does best and walking you through the tutorial and then leaving you to explore the open road unhindered.   

Updated game mechanics

The scavenging game mechanic has also been expanded – abandoned cars now spawn more dynamically and eagle-eyed drivers will be the first to spot valuable parts.  Scrapyards have been added on selected routes, fix the gate and take the opportunity to search for spare parts.

There are other UI improvements too.  The games menu will now remember where you last saved and create a background image to the match the next area creating visual variation and a reminder of where you are!

Choose from some excellent new tracks from musician Jeremy to listen to on the radio or select the playlist from the main menu. 

This is a major update to Jalopy and we have included here the major chunks but many more minor fixes and additions have also been incorporated and a full list can be found on the Steam page and the Excalibur website.  As always both the team at Excalibur and Greg will be closely monitoring the forums for player feedback so we encourage the community to send us their views.  It has been invaluable so far in the maturing of this exciting quirky driving simulation.

Greg Pryjmachuck was a key member of the F1 franchise development team from 2009-2014. In late 2014, Greg began work on this new driving simulation featuring the fictional Laika 601 Deluxe car; suggestive of the East German “Trabbie”, it will need much love and care to keep it going on this memorable road trip!  Greg's development expertise and the subtleties of this simulation experience will satisfy the demands of the most ardent driving simulation fans. 



System Requirements

Operating System Windows 7 / 8 / 10
Processor Intel Core i3 2GHz or equivalent
Memory 4 GB system memory
Graphics Dedicated graphics card with 1 GB memory
Hard Drive 1 GB available space
Other Broadband connection and Steam account required

This Steam Early Access game is currently not a finished game and may or may not change significantly over the course of development. To learn more about Steam Early Access, please visit http://store.steampowered.com/earlyaccessfaq/

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

Pre-Alpha. It's early days and a good time to adopt if you want to get involved with helping Jalopy take form. There's already plenty in the game to keep you happy:

  • Build your Jalopy (a Laika 601 Deluxe) that will become your trusted workhorse across the former Eastern Bloc
  • Drive the autobahns of Germany
  • Drive off road in the CSFR
  • Sleep in Motels
  • Maintain your Jalopy: use a tool kit to fix engine components, use a jack to change tyres, and clean your Jalopy using a bucket of water and sponge
  • Upgrade your Jalopy by purchasing items in the Laika Dealership or scavenge parts from abandoned cars
  • Find crates on the roadside! Open them up and take what's inside
  • Sell items to local stores to make a profit (or if you dare, smuggle goods passed the boarder guards to make extra cash). Use the money to upgrade your Jalopy and sleep comfortably in motels.
  • Use various instruments inside the car – windscreen wipers, lights, hazard lights and even the radio.