The Carmageddon brand has been reacquired by its original developer Stainless Games, who are hard at work to bring a brand new game in the series to a brand new audience.

Today, Stainless Games announced that it is returning to one of its most beloved franchises: Carmageddon. A new game, titled Carmageddon: Reincarnation, is currently in pre-production and slated for release in 2012, but the developer is seeking a partner with whom they can move the project on to full production.

"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 of Stainless. "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."

It wasn't only hardware that Carmageddon tested the limits of -- its controversial pedestrian-squashing gameplay caused it to be banned in the UK and Germany, with the bleeding pedestrians replaced by green ooze-squirting zombies in Britain and Germans getting the joy of driving into black oil-spewing robots. The British Board of Film Classification's decision to ban the game in its original form was eventually overturned in a landmark anti-censorship case after 10 months of appeals, which, as you might expect, garnered the game a considerable amount of infamy and publicity.

"Carmageddon: Reincarnation will feature the same black humor 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."

Stainless Games' most recent work has been in the digital download sector, with a number of Xbox Live Arcade Atari remakes under their belt as well as the more recent Risk: Factions and Magic: The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers. As such, Carmageddon: Reincarnation will be released as a digital download rather than a retail title.

Watch for the new game in 2012 -- and in the meantime, check out the newly-revealed website.

This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Carmageddon: Reincarnation Coming