Ridge Racer Unbounded revving for PS3, 360, PC

Namco Bandai's flagship racer series returning to consoles after five-year absence, coming to PC for first time ever; FlatOut studio Bugbear Entertainment tapped to develop.

The Ridge Racer franchise is about to get a jump start. Namco Bandai today announced Ridge Racer Unbounded, a new installment in the series for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC that will take the series "in [a] whole new direction," according to the publisher.

Namco Bandai's racer hasn't appeared on consoles since 2006's Ridge Racer 7 (pictured).

With the stated goal of shaking up the entire racing genre, Unbounded will take the circuit-racing franchise onto city streets with a new emphasis on havoc and destruction. To help accomplish that objective, Namco Bandai has enlisted Bugbear Entertainment to develop the game.

Bugbear's previous work includes the FlatOut series of demolition derby racers for Empire Interactive, which featured minigames requiring the player to crash such that the car's driver would be ejected through the front windshield and into targets, such as a set of giant bowling pins. The studio also developed the PSP edition of Sega Rally Revo in 2007.

Unbounded will be the first installment in the Ridge Racer series to appear on the PC, and the first to hit consoles since the 2006 release of Ridge Racer 7, a PS3 launch title. However, the series hasn't been completely dormant in the meantime. It debuted on the iPhone in 2009 with Ridge Racer Accelerated, and Ridge Racer 3DS is expected to launch alongside Nintendo's newest handheld next month.

For more on Bugbear's racing acumen, check out GameSpot's reviews of Sega Rally Revo and FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage.

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44 comments
gluemchen
gluemchen

Omg. I hope sexy nagase makes an appearance... or else....

Bufta
Bufta

I dont know if anyones done this yet but RRRRRIIIIIIIIDDDDDGGGGGGEEEEE RRRRAAAAAACCCCCEEEEERRR!

shaunn191
shaunn191

Ridge Racer is a terrible game. It's pretty much a "on the rails" driving game..somehow.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

i never got RR, just always thought it was a bad racer

campbell153
campbell153

The name Ridge Racer brings back some fond memories! But now in comparison to other arcade or sim racers it just does not cut it anymore!

goku2000
goku2000

I think I'm staying away from this one. 6 was disappointing, to say the least. I'd say they haven't made a good one since 64, but that's the last one I played before 6, so I probably wouldn't know. Car damage on a Ridge Racer game is unnecassary. If I wanted car damage, I'd play Forza or NFS.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@neonblueshadow, Microsoft owns the rights to PGR. Even though Bizarre is closing, Microsoft could keep the series going. In fact, rumor is that Microsoft is sniffing around for a European studio to do a PGR 5.

Franzkill
Franzkill

Honestly I think that Ridge Racer V is the worst out of the series. It was just really bland and boring playing it. RR Type 4 is where it was at (remember playing it along Tekken 3, gd times). Revolution wasn't THAT bad IMO but very uninspiring, could have done a lot more. Rest of the games are just as fun as you could hope for but Bugbear developing the next one? Coming from someone that loved the first Flatout on Xbox I say kudos to them! :)

blackace
blackace

So this new version is going to have car destruction to go along with the arcade style racing? Wasn't this already done (and probably done better) with the Burnout series? FlatOut was a pretty decent game, but I don't see how they can improve the Ridge Racer series. I just think this game is going to be average at best.

Sha-Ruze
Sha-Ruze

The last enjoyable Ridge Racer for me was #4. And the music, even the main menu, kicked all kinds of butt. The fact that this title is coming to PC is cool. I don't know much about the Flatout series so I'll have to look into that. I just hope this title proves to be a worthy successor in some way. On that note, I'm glad I'm not the only one that had a flashback to the E3 cricket announcement of RR for the PSP. I find it frustrating and amusing that Kaz's voice was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw 'Ridge Racer' on my screen. In any case, I still want Ridge Racer to succeed.

kweeni
kweeni

Lol this reminds me of the E3 when Kaz announced RIIIIIIIIIDGE RACER! for psp xD

shadow131990
shadow131990

the game must be good.It's from the creators of flatout

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

In 1995 it was fun. There would have to be a lot of convincing going on for me to purchase this title though.

neonblueshadow
neonblueshadow

@ IceJester45 isn't PGR developer closing shop? after the Blur collapse

korko3
korko3

can anyone read anything about ridge racer without lolling?

IceJester45
IceJester45

I haven't been able to get into a Ridge Racer game since Ridge Racers on PSP. Maybe this will pull me back in. If not, there is always Project Gotham Racing 5.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

I love Ridge Racer.. .but I have a feeling this one is going to be horrible. I'd much rather just have an RR8.

zMd113
zMd113

A Ridge Racer game not on a launch console? Cool.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Wow, has it really been that long? I like GT & Forza, but sometimes you just want a good arcade-style racer, and Ridge Racer is usually pretty good at that. :)

ahpuck
ahpuck

This is good news indeed! sick and tired of all the driving simulators, I just want to fly around the tracks, brakes be damned!!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Yep I remember playing the Playstation 3 Ridge Racer 7. For a launch title it was very good. But forgettable alas this series needs a re-boot to inject life into the series again.

Yasviele
Yasviele

I played this in my psone like 9 years ago ! I'm not a fan of driving games but I should start being one following this title !

antsaround
antsaround

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antsaround
antsaround

RR has always proven fun and I'm confident this installment will deliver. Can't wait!

NV27
NV27

If this has music like RRT4, I'll buy it day one. A new Ridge Racer is never a bad thing.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I honestly can't imagine Namco Bandai "shaking up the entire racing genre" all that much, but I'm definately game for a new one. I've got a Ridge Racer with each new PlayStation except the PS2. A really fun and underappreciated series. Aslong as Unbounded maintains the physics defying drifting I'll be very happy. Now, give me more info on Assault Horizon!

jack00
jack00

I remember playing the very first game of that serie on the psone, good times.

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

@KillerJuan77 same goes for me too. I really love Ridge Racer since Ridge Racer R4 was released back in 1999

X-RS
X-RS

well, if it packs as much as six did without the drift glitch ill be happy....

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

Great news, I only played the PSP version and Ridge Racer 6 on the 360, but they were great!

Scianix-Black
Scianix-Black

They're probably just going to do some kind of open world environment as the "whole new direction." Frankly, those are the most overused and under-delivered on words used in the gaming industry.

spudster007
spudster007

Just don't have Kazuo Hirai announce it... "It's Ridge Racer! RIIIIIIIIIDGE RACER!"

nemesis9632
nemesis9632

i am excited for this one, i hope they dont change it so much that it doesnt feel like the game series i have loved since its debut on the PS1.