Despite what the records for box-office and video game sales might tell you, not every great movie or game has to be another sequel of an established franchise. Don't get us wrong, we love Forza Motorsports 5 and Gran Turismo 6 – both respectively slotted into your author's Xbox One and Playstation 3 as we speak – but it's still exciting to see someone taking a risk on something new, and cool.

We have no way of knowing if Drift Stage will be either, but based on these pre-alpha screen shots and video, it shows a lot of promise. The 1980s theme is hard to miss based on this evidence, with everything from the Miami Vice-colorway, to the hair-metal score, to the BMW M1 hero car calling out everyone's favorite decade of excess.

The only solid information given on the Drift Stage website is the line "Two dudes making a video game about cool cars and going sideways." That sturdy premise, with the smoky footage seen above, might just be enough to have us cracking our wallets.