Ridge Racer Driftopia Shutting Down August 15

The free-to-play racing game’s servers will go offline in 60 days.

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Free-to-play racing game Ridge Racer Driftopia will shut down its servers and no longer be available starting August 15, publisher Bandai Namco has announced.

“The leading developer and publisher wanted to take this opportunity to thank all its players for their permanent support and dedication!” Bandai Namco said in a statement. “All the feedbacks will be taken into account for the upcoming projects.”

First announced in April 2013, Ridge Racer Driftopia was supposed to release on PC and PlayStation 3, and is currently still available to download via Steam Early Access. Developed by Bugbear Entertainment, which also developed, Ridge Racer Unbounded, it allows players to purchase additional vehicles, experience, and other items through in-game microtransactions.

"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," Namco Bandai senior vice president Olivier Comte said when the game was first announced.

Bugbear Entertainment is currently working on a demolition derby-themed racing game, Next Car Game, currently available through Steam Early Access as well.

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Discussion

7 comments
jk12324
jk12324

A game that's not even officially released yet is shutting down...  Shouldn't it be cancelled?

DrKill09
DrKill09

Boo!


Give me a free copy of Unbounded, then.

iblind77
iblind77

waaaah i just got this game :(

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I'm not surprised. It was essentially Ridge Racer Unbounded with all the glorious screw ups that are microtransactions. Saying 'Hey, lets duplicate our last game but make it worse' doesn't generally make for good sales.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

Played this once when i got a beta key. Absolutely hated it. And the game gets shut down in less than a year. Thats to be expected