Ridge Racer Takes a Free-to-Play Ride on PC and PS3

RidgeRacerDriftopia

Namco Bandai tested the waters for build-your-own racing with the PlayStation Vita version of Ridge Racer, a game that was sold with a minimal amount of content at a cheaper than average price point and was then supplemented by paid DLC packs. Now the publisher is outright embracing a true free-to-play model with the next Ridge Racer.

Scheduled for digital download release on PC and PS3 later this year, Ridge Racer Driftopia is a free-to-play racer in development at Bugbear Entertainment, the same studio behind Ridge Racer Unbounded. The visual similarities are readily apparent. What’s not so clear yet is how much content will be included in the base game, and how much additional purchases will cost. Players willing to invest in microtransactions will be able to purchase additional cars, experience point boosts, repair kits and booster packs containing special ability cards.

What do you think? Interesting concept? Or is Namco Bandai bastardizing Ridge Racer too much at this point? To me it seems like a quick cash-in attempt to bide time until the next real Ridge Racer is ready. I mean come on, there has to be a new Ridge Racer in development for the launches of the PS4 and next-gen Xbox, because no console launch is complete without a Ridge Racer.

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