Namco Bandai announced today that its free-to-play version of Ridge Racer, Ridge Racer Driftopia, is currently under an open beta phase. This means that the game is available to everyone on both PC and PS3. PC gamers will need to download the game via Steam. 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.
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.
The game features more than 20 cars and 10 tracks at launch. Namco and Bugbear aim to release daily packs of booster cards and repair kits, as well as much more content that will become available at a later date.