As previously teased, a brand new Carmageddon game, Carmageddon: Reincarnation is indeed in development and set for release as a digital download in 2012.
The game is in the early stages of development at original Carmageddon studio Stainless Games, which has reacquired the rights to the series.
Publisher Square Enix is not involved in the project and the dev says it's "actively looking for a partner with whom to move onto full development".
The violent vehicular combat series hasn't seen an instalment since 2000's Carmageddon TDR 2000, and a planned fourth instalment was cancelled before its planned 2005 release.
"Carmageddon has returned to its Indie developer roots, and the time is right to bring the game to a new audience," said Patrick Buckland, CEO and Stainless co-founder. "Originally an ambitious title that tested the hardware limits of its day, we're excited that the game will finally get the showcase it deserves on today's platforms."
"Carmageddon: Reincarnation will feature the same black humour and comic violence that made the original game such a success." said Neil Barnden, Executive Director and Stainless co-founder. "All the laughs, the crazy power-ups, and extreme destruction will return. We will make sure the existing fans get what they want and expect from a Carmageddon game, and a new generation discovers the delights of sliding into a Cunning Stunt."
To pass the time, have a read of Charlie Brooker's review of Carmageddon II from many moons ago...