Yea I think it is pretty tricky. Situation they are in is inherently hidden from us, it is impossible for us fans to know and thus we base our assumptions on other assumptions. Here are mine.
Continuing Carmageddon brand would make sense from perspective of Stainless working pretty hard not only to win their brand back, but also to create new addition and bring beloved game up to date for old and new audiences. It would be shame to just throw it away and make another new brand in carmageddon spirit, as Carmageddon brand has value in recognition and nostalgia.
That recognition is "stained" =D, partially by legic problems and partially by wild imaginations of fans who expected impossible in their heads only to have their dreams inevidebly clash with reality, which is always fault on side of the individual, however it still does project out on sales and promoting or boycoting by "word of mouth" (?)
Nostalgia on the other hand. I know only 2 games that managed to hit the spot were they sutisfied old and new fans. DOOM2016 and HITMAN:World of assassination. Everyone else either did not attract new fans or alienated old. and in the worse case did both. Looking at you DUKE. Not easy thing to do at all.
DLCs I remember were mentioned in twich streams. New carmageddon was suppose to be a platform which was to be further extended with more content.So it would make sense if next thing was indeed a DLC.
Another big thing mentioned in twich streams was workshop support, which could provide good solution for modding.
Over all i would wish for some big patch that first of all fixes that insane mountain of overlooked shit that got broken in CMD, but work in CR.. Then address shit that was always broken. and THEN would be good time for DLCs, but: "Would enough people care?"
Modders are leaving and some didn't even return in the first place. People are angry and concider carma a failure, spreading toxic shit everywhere making it even worse. So would DLC and patches even return some money to stainless? Would any of that shed better light on Carmageddon in the long run? Maybe it is good time for something like that NOW, when things like No man's sky were able to fix their reputation more or less. Maybe that's the new trend, and people will learn to be more forgiving.
That is a lot of wishful thinking that is very far from the truth.
Stainless is dead at their choice. I did not kill them, they are acting dead right now and you can tell by looking at this place.
You can call them names, curse them, damn them to hell and they won't reply to you.
They just don't see what we post here anymore. They are done with this forum and I am amazed it's still online at this point.
There is no way you can expect them to make more carmageddon, because it would have to be a situation where they obtain funds magically.
They did a kickstarter to build this game in the first place and I am pretty sure they've spent the little cash they've got to build it.
So how can you reasonably expect them to make more carmageddon dlc or sequels, if their brand is tarnished and their wallet is empty?
You don't have to be a genius to see these things. It's as simple as 1+1=2 they asked for money, they barely got what they asked for and then they built a game that didn't sell and received bad reviews everywhere.
It's a done deal, they flopped in the most classic way possible.
They did a bad game and they barely had money to make it and then it didn't sell, the end.
The only way to recover the brand from such a situation is to have a huuuuuuge ass fanbase for the series, that are willing to undertand that if the game gets sold to a different publisher, a new game could have potential.
The sad part here is that as it can be seen, the community for this game is almost dead and investing in such a dead brand would be suicide for a publisher.
I can't possibly imagine anybody crazy enough to risk buying the carmageddon IP right now and hope to ressurect it.
Nobody is as stupid as Randy Pitchford was, when he shelled out cash for the Duke Nukem IP in a time when it was all but dead.
Look at Duke Nukem now. It was bought by Gearbox and instead of using this ip to make money out of it, they threw it in the darkest drawer they have at their HQ, never to be seen or talked about ever since.
Basically, Duke Nukem is the best example to be constantly given when talking about the fate of carmageddon.
If Gearbox would have never bought Duke Nukem from 3DRealms, 3DRealms would have simply went bankrupt along with the Duke ip.
Surely if both Duke Nukem and Carmageddon would be granted a wish and be given to serious multi billion dev studios, they would become awesome again, I have no doubt about it but as they stand right now, they are doomed to be forgotten.
I commend Stainless for having the guts to dream they can make a comeback and become rich and popular again with this game but sadly, they just didn't have the right team or the money to pull it off.
Their vision for this game was flawed and all over the place as well as their ability to manage their optimization for the game.
What happened here is that they simply tried to make the game and couldn't achieve it the way it was supposed to be due to funds most likely.
They tried to fix things with Max Damage but they just couldn't.
Not only was the game poorly optimized but their vision for how the remake should look, was also flawed in many places.
They just lost a lot of the old fans when they went for the over the top cartoony look and they sure as hell didn't win new fans either.
I think they should just post a goodbye and close up the site. There's nothing more to be said or done.