Friday, February 4, 2011

Ridge Racer Goes Out of Bounds

At its Ignition press event this week, Namco Bandai announced that it is collaborating with FlatOut developer Bugbear Entertainment to create Ridge Racer Unbounded, a new twist on the Ridge Racer franchise.

While Ridge Racer 3D is on the horizon, Namco Bandai took a moment to announce its newest venture for HD consoles and PC. This new rendition of Ridge Racer, however, would be quite different from the basic formula. For one, the game is developed by racing developer Bugbear Entertainment instead of an in-house developer. Bugbear Entertainment is a Finnish developer who is most remembered for the development of the FlatOut franchise until recently, and it also brought Sega Rally onto Playstation Portable in 2007.

With a new developer comes a new direction. While only hints have been given and a teaser shown, there are definite twists to the franchise in store come 2012. In the teaser, a female racer drives into an alleyway where she goes into a sports car and rushes into traffic, hitting a taxi and rushing off into the distance. Burnout and Need for Speed Underground seem to be heavily influencing Unbounded.

We will know for sure when actual gameplay is demonstrated, most likely at E3 this June.

Ridge Racer Unbounded is slated for release in 2012 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.

SOURCE (and Teaser): Eurogamer

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