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Ridge Racer: Driftopia Goes Free-to-Play on PlayStation 3

Posted by Sammy Barker

Someone alert Kaz Hirai

Soon you won’t need to spend a penny to put your high-performance sports car into a right-angle drift, as Namco Bandai’s legendary Ridge Racer franchise is going free-to-play on the PlayStation 3. The just-announced Ridge Racer: Driftopia is due out later this year, and promises a classic arcade experience without any of the cost.

The title’s in development at Bugbear Entertainment, and subsequently looks like it shares a lot in common with last year’s actually-not-as-bad-as-you-may-think Ridge Racer: Unbounded. It appears that microtransactions will include new vehicles, as well as various booster packs. It stands to reason that you’ll need to pay for some of the tracks, too.

Still, this appears to be a much better flirtation with the popular freemium model than Ridge Racer for the PlayStation Vita. That required you to splash out on expensive DLC packs as well, but you still had to pay for the core client. By contrast, this seems like real progress.

[via joystiq.com]

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User Comments (7)

Splat

#1

Splat said:

This is good for me because I like racing games but I don't love them. I rarely buy them since I get bored with them pretty quick.

My brother on the other hand loves racing games, so this will be good to have when he comes over.

Azikira

#2

Azikira said:

As long as I don't have to pay an additional fee for my driver to press the gas pedal, I am fine. :3

Gemuarto

#3

Gemuarto said:

Ridge Racer for Vita is much better than RR:Unbounded. So i am very dissapointed that this game is developed by the same company that made Unbounded. Want real Ridge Racer.... not that poor substitute.

Cirno

#4

Cirno said:

Instead of making a joke about Sony's 2006 conference I'm just gonna say that this looks pretty cool.

Gamer83

#6

Gamer83 said:

It's free so I'll definitely download it. I have really enjoyed some of the past Ridge Racers so if it's good enough I'll buy some of the DLC as well.

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