E3 2011: Ridge Racer cruising onto Vita

Namco Bandai's Japanese arm said to confirm new installment in long-standing racing franchise; internal Celius studio developing.

LOS ANGELES--The Ridge Racer franchise has made a habit of getting in on game system launches, with Namco Bandai queuing up installments in its driving series for the arrival of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, 3DS, and PSP. Now, it appears as if Namco Bandai could be positioning Ridge Racer for Sony's recently named Vita launch, as well.

Ridge Racer on the Vita will look a bit like this.

Andria Sang reports today that Namco Bandai has confirmed that a new installment in the Ridge Racer franchise is in development for the Vita. The game has reportedly not yet been named, and it is operating under the working title of Ridge Racer.

The Japanese-oriented website noted that details are sparse on this most recent installment in the long-standing Ridge Racer franchise. Namco Bandai is reportedly developing the title at its internal Celius studio. Production is being led by Hideo Teramoto, who filled an associate producer role on Ridge Racer 7, which arrived for the PlayStation 3 in 2006.

Namco Bandai did not confirm the new Ridge Racer's release date, but the Vita is due out this holiday season.

[UPDATE] Namco Bandai's Western operations have now followed suit from its Japanese arm, officially confirming Ridge Racer (working title) for the Vita. The publisher did not provide a release date, but it did say that gamers can expect to see arcade-style drift racing.

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20 comments
painpas
painpas

PS1, PS2 PSP PS3 and now PSV get this game at lauch like it should be. Cannot wait for my #1 guilty pleasure game at every Sony launch. First game I ever played on the PS1 to boot.

aaaaaa12
aaaaaa12

nice!! too bad kazuo hirai didn't say his famous ridge racer line though...

Evz0rz
Evz0rz

A Ridge Racer game at the launch of a new device??? :shock:

solideye11
solideye11

Ridge Racer actually took place in ancient Japan.

Neophyte555
Neophyte555

@pH347m3 good thing the vita doesnt cost 599 us dollars...

WllDan7
WllDan7

@servb0ts It is with Ridge Racer Unbounded.

sagelund
sagelund

RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDDGGGE RAAAAAACCCEEEEEEEER!

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

We dont want this lame game...why they gotta come out on every single new box......

vherostar
vherostar

Its mad because if RR was never a launch title I doubt it would ever be as popular as it is. Purely because of the lack of content and quality compared to other racers. With NFS thoguh coming to Vita its gonna have some stiff competition.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Did we ever doubt that Ridge Racer wouldn't be a launch title? It always sells much better because of it, since it's the only decent available driving game on a new platform which new buyers of the new console almost always buy... if it were to release later alongside much bigger franchises, it wouldn't stand as much of a chance. Smart move from them I say, I'll be likely to buy this myself.

pH347m3
pH347m3

I can't wait for the giant enemy crab- wait, wrong game...

servb0ts
servb0ts

Ridge Racer's needs to back to PS3 with trophies this time an Pac-Man Car ;)

berto64
berto64

awesome8) im gettin the Vita on my birthday in whick its a long way but woo Ridge Racer i hope its better than the 3DS game

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

No surpise but excuse me.....YYEEAAAAHHHHHH can't wait :P

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

Now this is what Kaz Hirai wants for his Vita :P