Ridge Racer Is Taking A Sharp Left Turn With 'Unbounded'

Namco's Ridge Racer series is turning 18 years old this year. What will it do with its new adult freedoms? Get a new developer and what appears to be plenty of destruction, as seen in the new Ridge Racer Unbounded.

Put your seatbelts on, Ridge Racer fans, for developer Bugbear Entertainment is taking the wheel of the arcadey racing game series, steering it in a "whole new direction by adding a punishing dose of destruction." Unbounded will "take the action off the circuits and into the streets for one of the most action-packed and destructive racing games ever seen," according to publisher Namco Bandai.

The game's debut trailer shows Ridge Racer mascot Reiko Nagase engaging in said destruction, which seems a little malicious. Reiko must have finally snapped after watching all those Ridge Racer races over the years.


Bugbear Entertainment, if that doesn't ring a bell, is the Finnish developer behind the FlatOut series, known for its racing meets destruction gameplay. Ridge Racer Unbounded is coming to the Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 sometime in 2012.

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I like my Ridge Racer the way it always has been - arcade style handling, ridiculous powerslides, cool as hell music, exotic locations and no damage at all.

Basically, it needs to stay like the awesome Ridge Racer Type 4 or failing that, Ridge Racer 5 on the 360 or Ridge Racer 6 on the PS3.

If they want to make a Burnout-style street racing game with damage in it, by all means go for it but please name it something else instead of taking Ridge Racer in a new direction I (and hopefully many other Ridge Racer fans) don't feel it needs to go.

We've got plenty of street racing, damage-focused games nowadays. We don't have a lot of balls-to-the-wall, pure arcade racers any more except for the likes of Outrun on Xbox Live Arcade.

Looks like Ridge Racer 3D on the 3DS is the only Ridge Racer game I have to look forward to then.