Namco Bandai announced today that its free-to-play version of Ridge Racer, Ridge Racer Driftopia, is currently under closed beta phase. Those interested can go to its official website and register to receive a beta key, granting them access to the game’s closed beta starting today on Steam.
Ridge Racer Driftopia is the first ever free-2-play game based on the legendary franchise, and puts the series’ signature drifting and arcade handling right at the heart of the experience. Developed by Finland’s Bugbear Entertainment, the studio behind 2012 title Ridge Racer Unbounded, Ridge Racer Driftopia distils the experience to the essential elements of driving, drifting and destruction, with upgraded visuals that make every dust mote and gleaming fender shimmer with life.
Players will be challenged to shave seconds off each other’s times as they tear up the streets and punch holes in solid concrete to reveal vital shortcuts. Beat other players’ times to climb the global rankings, level up cars and earn booster cards to get that racing edge over the competition.
Ridge Racer Driftopia will be hitting PS3 and PC in 2013.
Ridge Racer Driftopia - PS3/PC - Free 2 Drift (Trailer)