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Published on April 13th, 2013 | by Ben

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Ridge Racer Driftopia Heads To PC & PS3 This Year

The best racing game from Namco Bandai is coming back, but the new Ridge Racer Driftopia apart from adrenaline pumped racing experience, is also set to break grounds by becoming an exciting free-to-play racing title.

RidgeRacerDriftopiaDeveloped by Bugbear entertainment, Ridge Racer Driftopia will be a downloadable free game which will be launched in PC and Playstation 3 in the second or third quarter of 2013. Even though, there’s no official word on what players can buy, it is said that micro transactions in-game will be integrated with this version allowing racers to buy vehicle packs, boosters, and repair kits.

Olivier Comte, Senior Vice President of Namco Bandai Europe said, “We always look forward to innovate and embrace new business models. In present times, free-to-play is becoming increasingly popular. Namco Bandai games is proud to bring its most successful franchise to this platform so that every gamer can enjoy it.”

The Ridge Racer history dates back to the time of Playstation as well as PSP and Xbox 360. There’s even a version on N64 and Gamecube. The 3DS version was the first to get the game in a Nintendo handheld console.

While racing games are plenty, this one became hugely popular because of the extremely engaging track system. There won’t be many but the limited number of tracks available did appease all types of racers. With time, they become completely iconic and with each version, a better version of the track got released.

It is ironic that Comte did criticize free-to-play games for their poor quality last year in an European game conference, but also clarified that Namco will consider all types of funding models for future games.

Apart from Ridge Racer Driftopia, Bug Bear is also said to be working on a ‘full-contact’ demolition derby type racer. The tentative title is confirmed for PC while there’s no word on a Xbox 360 or PS3 version yet.


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