Free-to-play Ridge Racer Driftopia announced for PC, PS3

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A new Ridge Racer has been announced – although it's probably not the game you expected.

It's called Ridge Racer Driftopia and, crucially, will be free-to-play on both PS3 and PC. It's due out some time later this year.

The game is being developed by Flatout's Bugbear Entertainment.

As you might expect there will be plenty of opportunities for players to fork out some cash to improve their experience, with items such as vehicle packs, boosters, repairs and XP boosts available at a premium.

"At Namco Bandai Games we are committed to embracing new business models alongside the still vital traditional retail sector," Namco Bandai Europe's senior VP Olivier Comte said.

"Free-to-play is playing an increasingly important role, so it's very exciting to be bringing one of our most successful franchises to the free-to-play space for everyone to enjoy."