Free-to-play Ridge Racer revealed

Unbounded developer Bugbear working on downloadable Driftopia for PlayStation 3 and PC to launch later this year.

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Namco Bandai today announced Ridge Racer Driftopia, a free-to-play downloadable racing game from Unbounded developer Bugbear Entertainment. The game will launch "later in 2013" for the PC and PlayStation 3.

Gamers will be able to purchase additional items through in-game microtransactions, though these were not detailed at any length. No further game details were divulged.

In a statement, Namco Bandai senior vice president Olivier Comte said that in addition to continued support for the "vital" traditional retail sector, the company is committed to embracing new business models, like free-to-play.

"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," he said.

During a European games conference last year, Comte criticized free-to-play games, saying they "can't be high-quality." He did, however, make clear that Namco is willing to consider all funding models for future games.

In addition to Ridge Racer Driftopia, Bugbear is working on a "full-contact" demolition derby game for the PC and yet-to-be-announced platforms.

Discussion

36 comments
beuneus12
beuneus12

a pay to win ridge racer?

pass

blackace
blackace

This game is going to suck. Glad XBL is getting it. You will probably have to pay real money for every extra thing. 10cts for better engines, 5 cts larger boosters, .$1 for a new car. Not wasting my time with that crap.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Free to play is just another term for Game Demo. PSvita version of Ridge Racer was a very cut down release. Ridge Racer has really fallen going "free to play" could be the end.

mutley89
mutley89

This aint Ridge Racer no more, it's some sad burnout clone.

Killer_73
Killer_73

it will not as good as a paid ones

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Did they not learn from Ridge Racer Vita?  Christ... 

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

Make that a regular Ridge Racer, I will be happy.

But, I won't play any free to play game.

blackjoker86
blackjoker86

when need for speed went free to play I was hyped then they got greedy now its basically pay to win, I hope they don't follow n4s worlds p2w tires tracks

xhawk27
xhawk27

Microsoft does have some Free to Play games on XBL. 


AskanTale
AskanTale

why people dont put caps on the first letter of a sentense? ima do it too! wanna know why its not for xbox 360 and only ps3 and pc? because no japanese plays xbox. Ridge Racer is very popular among japanese gamers. when i  play ridge racer 7 online on ps3 and theres always japanese name everytime like 4,5 japanese names and 1 english name.

plus microsoft way of immoral greediness of paying payment to play online modes is interferring with the game's free2play status. its funny how you must make payment to unlock developer's game modes when all other console is right there open for you. its like purchase  a house.... and to use the garage you must make payment.


nurnberg
nurnberg

Enjoy paying 5$ per car in this "free" game.  What a joke f2p is.

Raxyman
Raxyman

I have a bad feeling about this.

HWGuy14
HWGuy14

Reminds me of dinotopia. Will it have dinosaurs?

wdma
wdma

looks fun and it free-to-play why not 

GrayF0X786
GrayF0X786

i know what you did there Namco! i am not downloading this smelly fish!

leeko_link
leeko_link

Free-2-Play = Force-2-Pay, it's better to just drive a real car and use real money to buy real parts over this cash-grab of a game. To play a title with a truly unique racing experience, just get Daytona, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, the actual Ridge Racer, Burnout or any of the Forza games.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

free to play is usually a sign that all else has failed.

Goemons
Goemons

Well the Drift mechanic was a tottal fng mess and horrible to use, fix that Bugbear and get it back to Namco's standard and i will be there with my wallet open.

As for the 360 version i kid you not i sold it the same day so take notice Bugbear

unreal_master
unreal_master

Really.... Why is it still Unbounded? Can you just go back to it being Ridge Racer? Unbounded tries to be like other games like Burnout but falls short. I'd rather play Burnout not a copy. I hope there is some Ridge Racer left in Driftopia.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Ridge Racer 6 scarred me for life.  Forget it.  I've never seen a game where you can turn your car right and and have it go left on the track, or turn 360 degrees at 200 miles an hour on a straight-away and -not- hit walls.

Sydrum
Sydrum

f2p = will not play.

oh but yes, i will pay 60 bucks for Grid 2.

asifah30
asifah30

What will happen if CoD come in 'free2Play' model?


Only multiplayer will be purchased.......

AskanTale
AskanTale

@nurnberg i hope its not. some fighting game made buyable character and i already disgust. tekken boss is the only moral mind to say characters is like a chess piece. no pieces should be missing and purchasable.

and sure hope it aint like drift city. real money item to win. hope the money shop will just be mods that dont affect gameplay like only for looks,

 car color, stickers, rims, nitrous color ect.... and each item is 25 cents. now thats cool and exceptional.

unreal_master
unreal_master

This is like taking Outrun and changing the game entirely. It wouldn't be out run anymore just like this isn't Ridge racer and neither was Unbounded.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

@Sydrum Grid 2 is a complete package, and everyone is on equal playing grounds.  In most free-to-play games, those who pay for the items have an advantage over others.  If your answer is to buy your own items, then shouldn't there just be one set price for the game, so everyone has everything at once?

Zoza24
Zoza24

Gives more space for single player games :)

AskanTale
AskanTale

@Goemons @GrayF0X786 yeah people always get mix up with publisher and developer. they think its the same.

anyway at rare time its posibible that the publisher push out the ideas for marketing model.