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Bandai Namco is Shutting Down F2P Ridge Racer Driftopia Servers
In a recent press release, Bandai Namco has confirmed that it is closing up open beta servers for its free-to-play racing title, Ridge Racer Driftopia.
The game has been in open beta phase since Sept. 2013 on PC (via Steam Early Access) and PlayStation 3. Those still playing the game have around 2 months to go since the servers will shut down on Aug. 15, 2014.
The publishing house has thanked the game’s players “for their permanent support and dedication” and stated that “all the feedbacks will be taken into account for the upcoming projects.”
The above statement and abrupt closing down of servers has raised many concerns regarding the game’s return in a non-beta state. Fans are speculating that the studio is closing down the game for good.
Though Bandai Namco has kept its silence, we are rooting for any piece of information we get and will update you accordingly. Though I’ll be glad if it is gone for good: following the same tracks as ‘Ridge Racer: Unbounded,’ the game is a perfect example of how free-to-play titles should not look like and i.e. heavily relying on in-game purchases and less on a player’s skill.
Developed by Finnish studio Bugbear Entertainment who also worked on Ridge Racer: Unbounded and Flatout series, Ridge Racer Driftopia has been continuously picked apart by its players for excessive micro-transactions to buy different types of vehicle packs, booster packs, repair kits, and XP boosts via in-game store.
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