Ridge Racer: Driftopia for PC and PS3 is Namco Bandai’s racing entry in the free to play space that has some fans pissed off and other fans just happy the Ridge Racer franchise is still around. Developer Bugbear previously brought everyone Ridge Racer: Unbounded which I thought was a good idea conceptually just not what I wanted out of a Ridge Racer game.
That’s what Bugbear and Namco Bandai need to overcome with Ridge Racer: Driftopia, what is it about Ridge Racer that makes it special to fans? Or hell, maybe they don’t, maybe with so many racing games on the market and so many new video gamer’s willing to pay a few dollars to max out their boost who have never played a Ridge Racer game before it won’t matter what it’s called as long as it’s fun.
From the trailer below we know the graphics sure look nice, looking up to par with Unbounded which did look like a modern racer graphically. There also seems to be an insane amount of over lighting that burns through every screen, hopefully there’s a little less of this during racing. The real test however will be how long people stick around to Be First, First To Drive and First To Drift with Destruction too! If a community builds behind the game, the controls end up being somewhat tight and if there’s always races to be had even at weird times it won’t matter what name is on the outside as long as it’s fun.
FREE-TO-PLAY ‘RIDGE RACERTM DRIFTOPIA’ COMING TO PLAYSTATION®3 AND PC IN 2013
– NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe to Bring New Title Based on One of its Most Successful Franchises to Market for Free with In-game Transactions –
CERGY PONTOISE, FRANCE – 11 April 2013 – NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe today announced a new downloadable free-to-play title based on the smash RIDGE RACER™ franchise, RIDGE RACER™ Driftopia. The game is slated for release later in 2013 for PlayStation®3 and PC.
“At NAMCO BANDAI Games we are committed to embracing new business models alongside the still vital traditional retail sector,” said Olivier Comte, Senior Vice President, NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe. “Free-to-play is playing an increasingly important role, so it’s very exciting to be bringing one of our most successful franchises to the free-to-play space for everyone to enjoy.”
RIDGE RACER™ Driftopia will put the series’ irresistible signature drifting right at the heart of the experience, with more details to be announced soon.
For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe and its entire line up of games, visit <gp_link type=”http” loc=”//namcobandaigames.eu”>http://namcobandaigames.eu.
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