Namco unveils Ridge Racer 6 for Xbox 360

Racing franchise drifts onto next-gen console with online multiplayer; new original RPG, soccer game also in the works.

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At the Xbox Summit 2005, Namco announced that it is developing Ridge Racer 6 for the Xbox 360. No trailers were shown at the summit, although its logo and a number of screenshots of a car model were shown to the press.

The franchise and many of its racing cousins (Rage Racer, R4: Ridge Racer Type 4) have predominantly burned rubber on Sony's consoles. However, the franchise has recently been driving with other platforms, including the GameCube, Xbox, DS, and PSP. The announcement today also marks the first time the franchise will be Xbox Live-compatible, and Namco confirmed that the game will have downloadable content as well.

Another major announcement made by Namco at the Xbox Summit 2005 was that it is working on an original fantasy role-playing series for the Xbox 360. The game is already in development, but no pictures or trailers were available. Several members of the team behind the "Tales of" series are assisting development of the game.

The publisher also showed a trailer for a new soccer game, titled Love Football, and a new trailer for Frame City Killer, which solely consisted of in-game footage.

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