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e3 2013

Free To Play Ridge Racer: Driftopia Coming To PlayStation 3

by Kyle Hilliard on Jun 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Tekken Revolution may have only released yesterday, but Namco Bandai is already ready to trot out a second free to play console experiment with Ridge Racer: Driftopia.

Many of the pay structure details of Driftopia are still in flux, but the basic premise is that you will play Ridge Racer, and as your car takes damage, you will need to repair it. Damage is permanent and moves with your car race to race until you use a Repair Pack.

To get Repair Packs, you can either wait for new Repair Packs to appear in your inventory over time, or purchase Repair Packs to fix your vehicle. If a car takes too much damage without getting repaired, it will explode, and you will lose it forever.

The gameplay looks like typical Ridge Racer, with visual elements of Ridge Racer: Unbounded, which is what the image featured above is from. Unfortunately, Namco Bandai has not released assets for Driftopia.

Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada was on hand to show off some of the gameplay for Driftopia. He had accidentally destroyed two cars earlier in the show, and blew up a third during our demo. When he did, co-presenter and Tekken Revolution game designer Michael Murray dropped his face into his hands. They were running out of cars and he wasn’t sure if they were going to be able to get more for the rest of the show.

Ridge Racer: Driftopia is coming to PlayStation 3 and Steam coming this year.