A Carmageddom reboot is a step closer after the project reached its Kickstarter goal today.

Carmageddon: Reincarnation passed its USD $400,000
Kickstarter threshold
thanks to 10,749 backers.

“Max Damage is back! Carmageddon: Reincarnation is going to reintroduce the gaming world to the original free-form driving sensation, where pedestrians (and cows) equal points, and your opponents are a bunch of crazies in a twisted mix of automotive killing machines,” said a statement from Stainless.

The granddaddy of conservative-baiting vehicular mayhem as well an one of the first 3D sandbox driving games, the original Carmageddon and its various spin-offs sold around two million copies worldwide despite being banned in several countries.

“Of course the copyright and truck-loads of cash went to the EVIL publisher, but Stainless survives to this day, still independent, still kicking, and still releasing successful products,” said Stainless.

Having recently re-acquired the rights to the game, the logical step for the independent studio was a reboot.

Stainless has promised to keep the game mod-friendly, and true to the spirit of the 1997 original. Of the eight-man team that worked on the first game, five are still with the studio.

Before the Kickstarter pledge, this team had invested “well over a third of a million dollars” into getting the rights back and beginning design and prototyping.

Stainless are aiming to release Carmageddon: Reincarnation on Windows PC in February 2013.