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Title: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Jukka Merikanto on April 12, 2013, 11:01:39 PM
As some of you have already discovered we have been working on another Ridge Racer title. Here's the press release from Namco Bandai:

NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe to bring new title based on one of its most successful franchises to market for free with In-game transactions
 
NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe today announced a new downloadable free-to-play title based on the smash RIDGE RACER™ franchise, RIDGE RACER™ Driftopia. The game is slated for release later in 2013 for PlayStation®3 and PC.

“At NAMCO BANDAI Games we are committed to embracing new business models alongside the still vital traditional retail sector,” said Olivier Comte, Senior Vice President, NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe. “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.”

RIDGE RACER™ Driftopia  will put the series’ irresistible signature drifting right at the heart of the experience, with more details to be announced soon.


Check out the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mnmeo3aOpzg
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: RacerBest on April 13, 2013, 10:13:47 AM
Yes sounds good, waiting for more details.  :)
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on April 16, 2013, 08:30:27 AM
Ohhhh yeeeeeeah!!! Thank you, Bugbear!
Waiting to enjoy!
That's gonna be awesome!
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: AdApt on April 20, 2013, 03:16:48 PM
So you basically abandoned RRU and didn't bother to fix it. Then re-release it "free" with a bunch of lame pay2win content?

This game is destined to fail


Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on April 20, 2013, 06:54:41 PM
So you basically abandoned RRU and didn't bother to fix it. Then re-release it "free" with a bunch of lame pay2win content?

This game is destined to fail
So harsh on the bug thugs  :-\
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: AdApt on April 21, 2013, 04:27:46 AM
It's disappointing they didn't bother to make a real Ridge Racer
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: AltS7 on April 21, 2013, 07:53:59 PM
AdApt,
So you're complaining that it's not real RR. And that the game (which you don't like much because it's not real RR) has some bugs? o0
Well, as for second, there was 13 or 12 patches & now only major bug I see it's a camera angle during boost. Sometimes it's goes down so you can't see the road.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: AdApt on April 22, 2013, 04:35:27 AM
^ I do like RRU and I've been playing since it was released. Even though it's NOT Ridge Racer, it's still one of my favourite racing games

I'm complaining because they have basically released a PAY2WIN version of the same game instead of making something new. No decent gamer wants to pay for crap like this in a "free" game

As for unfixed bugs - which they said they would fix, until they just gave up and abandoned the game altogether:

- Frequent disconnects
- Frequent crashes
- Players unable to join games when invited, even if the lobby is open
- A Power glitch which can trigger at the start of a race
- Steam overlay bugs
- Graphical bugs
- Track editor bugs

Answer this question: would you rather a re-release of RRU with locked content you have to pay for, or a Ridge Racer which has the same gameplay mechanics as RRU, with additional features and set in a different city, sold as a whole game..?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: AltS7 on April 23, 2013, 01:25:59 AM
Well, maybe I don't have first 3 bugs simply because I play in SP  :) Also can't say anything about 'Steam overlay". Other things I didn't met or they didn't bother me, dunno.
Answering your question I'd say neither. Same game with new features and/or environment should be called DLC/Addon/Expansion pack etc.
As for 'Driftopia" I just want to know, is there some new features/cars (& will BB add this new stuff to RRU). And also, is there possibility to connect RRU & RRF online players.
Sorry for my English.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Joonas Laakso on April 24, 2013, 01:16:37 PM
It's not really up to us what Namco wants to do with their franchise. Obviously we're happy to work on a follow-up project when asked to. They're great people to work with!

We were able to do stuff that we believe is both innovative and fun, and wouldn't have worked in a traditional retail release. Try it once it's out - it won't cost you anything!
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: X on April 28, 2013, 08:29:26 PM
Will there be any 'paid content/DLC' or pay2win content? I honestly don't like DLC much anyways.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: RacerBest on April 29, 2013, 09:50:50 AM
It's free game so obviously there will be paid content.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: CleanestStone34 on April 30, 2013, 06:25:42 AM
I have played NFS World a little and was wondering how it compares with Driftopia.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: RacerBest on April 30, 2013, 09:55:12 AM
I have played NFS World everyday since betas (almost 3 years!)
RR Driftopia is not MMO so I don't compare these games.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Purple44 on April 30, 2013, 08:51:48 PM
I had some fun with NFS World. Was an OK game. Like doing cop chases and taking the cops through the golf course.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: AdApt on May 03, 2013, 05:40:11 PM
It's not really up to us what Namco wants to do with their franchise. Obviously we're happy to work on a follow-up project when asked to. They're great people to work with!

We were able to do stuff that we believe is both innovative and fun, and wouldn't have worked in a traditional retail release. Try it once it's out - it won't cost you anything!

Eat a ****, ******
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on May 03, 2013, 11:09:28 PM
@AdApt, you are piece of useless seal that can't do anything but talk shit, so shut up and go away!
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: 69Imperial on May 03, 2013, 11:20:15 PM
It's not really up to us what Namco wants to do with their franchise. Obviously we're happy to work on a follow-up project when asked to. They're great people to work with!

We were able to do stuff that we believe is both innovative and fun, and wouldn't have worked in a traditional retail release. Try it once it's out - it won't cost you anything!

Eat a ****, ******
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkx7xzE2oM1qhfyv3o1_500.png)
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: AdApt on May 04, 2013, 05:01:13 AM
useless seal

LMAO
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Jukka Merikanto on May 06, 2013, 09:30:17 AM
It's not really up to us what Namco wants to do with their franchise. Obviously we're happy to work on a follow-up project when asked to. They're great people to work with!

We were able to do stuff that we believe is both innovative and fun, and wouldn't have worked in a traditional retail release. Try it once it's out - it won't cost you anything!

Eat a ****, ******

Banned for 7 days. Read forum rules (http://community.bugbeargames.com/index.php?topic=4.0) before posting again.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on May 06, 2013, 01:51:46 PM
lol, I will check this out. Didn't play the original RRU, but who knows, could be fun
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on May 06, 2013, 04:07:52 PM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on May 06, 2013, 10:50:33 PM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Why do you think all the russian like this idiots in a video?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on May 07, 2013, 01:35:49 AM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Why do you think all the russian like this idiots in a video?
You're telling me that you've never seen this in real life? John, I'm surprised at you. How can you call yourself blood of the motherland?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on May 07, 2013, 06:07:57 PM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Why do you think all the russian like this idiots in a video?
You're telling me that you've never seen this in real life? John, I'm surprised at you. How can you call yourself blood of the motherland?
Well, in Russia it isn't very usual to see something like this.
And I'll never say that I'm a blood of the motherland. Cause I hate this freakin' country.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on May 07, 2013, 10:00:52 PM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Why do you think all the russian like this idiots in a video?
You're telling me that you've never seen this in real life? John, I'm surprised at you. How can you call yourself blood of the motherland?
Well, in Russia it isn't very usual to see something like this.
And I'll never say that I'm a blood of the motherland. Cause I hate this freakin' country.
But John, how can the time lords draft you for their ranks and have you fly around in police boxes with them if you're not even Russian?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on May 08, 2013, 07:13:54 AM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Why do you think all the russian like this idiots in a video?
You're telling me that you've never seen this in real life? John, I'm surprised at you. How can you call yourself blood of the motherland?
Well, in Russia it isn't very usual to see something like this.
And I'll never say that I'm a blood of the motherland. Cause I hate this freakin' country.
But John, how can the time lords draft you for their ranks and have you fly around in police boxes with them if you're not even Russian?
I don't know. And no, I have never flew around in police boxes with them.
Man, not all the russians like this guys. Yeah, there're lots of them. But me, for exapmle, absolutely different.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on May 08, 2013, 08:13:29 AM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Why do you think all the russian like this idiots in a video?
You're telling me that you've never seen this in real life? John, I'm surprised at you. How can you call yourself blood of the motherland?
Well, in Russia it isn't very usual to see something like this.
And I'll never say that I'm a blood of the motherland. Cause I hate this freakin' country.
But John, how can the time lords draft you for their ranks and have you fly around in police boxes with them if you're not even Russian?
I don't know. And no, I have never flew around in police boxes with them.
Man, not all the russians like this guys. Yeah, there're lots of them. But me, for exapmle, absolutely different.
But if you don't fly in police boxes with the time lords, how can you save the world, John? Tell me who will save us if you don't help the time lords?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on May 08, 2013, 09:00:34 PM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Why do you think all the russian like this idiots in a video?
You're telling me that you've never seen this in real life? John, I'm surprised at you. How can you call yourself blood of the motherland?
Well, in Russia it isn't very usual to see something like this.
And I'll never say that I'm a blood of the motherland. Cause I hate this freakin' country.
But John, how can the time lords draft you for their ranks and have you fly around in police boxes with them if you're not even Russian?
I don't know. And no, I have never flew around in police boxes with them.
Man, not all the russians like this guys. Yeah, there're lots of them. But me, for exapmle, absolutely different.
But if you don't fly in police boxes with the time lords, how can you save the world, John? Tell me who will save us if you don't help the time lords?
Well... I don't know. I think it will be one of Bugbears, don't you think? :D
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on May 08, 2013, 09:48:36 PM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Why do you think all the russian like this idiots in a video?
You're telling me that you've never seen this in real life? John, I'm surprised at you. How can you call yourself blood of the motherland?
Well, in Russia it isn't very usual to see something like this.
And I'll never say that I'm a blood of the motherland. Cause I hate this freakin' country.
But John, how can the time lords draft you for their ranks and have you fly around in police boxes with them if you're not even Russian?
I don't know. And no, I have never flew around in police boxes with them.
Man, not all the russians like this guys. Yeah, there're lots of them. But me, for exapmle, absolutely different.
But if you don't fly in police boxes with the time lords, how can you save the world, John? Tell me who will save us if you don't help the time lords?
Well... I don't know. I think it will be one of Bugbears, don't you think? :D
What will be one of bugbears?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on May 08, 2013, 10:09:02 PM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Why do you think all the russian like this idiots in a video?
You're telling me that you've never seen this in real life? John, I'm surprised at you. How can you call yourself blood of the motherland?
Well, in Russia it isn't very usual to see something like this.
And I'll never say that I'm a blood of the motherland. Cause I hate this freakin' country.
But John, how can the time lords draft you for their ranks and have you fly around in police boxes with them if you're not even Russian?
I don't know. And no, I have never flew around in police boxes with them.
Man, not all the russians like this guys. Yeah, there're lots of them. But me, for exapmle, absolutely different.
But if you don't fly in police boxes with the time lords, how can you save the world, John? Tell me who will save us if you don't help the time lords?
Well... I don't know. I think it will be one of Bugbears, don't you think? :D
What will be one of bugbears?
The guy who will safe the World.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on May 08, 2013, 11:46:16 PM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Why do you think all the russian like this idiots in a video?
You're telling me that you've never seen this in real life? John, I'm surprised at you. How can you call yourself blood of the motherland?
Well, in Russia it isn't very usual to see something like this.
And I'll never say that I'm a blood of the motherland. Cause I hate this freakin' country.
But John, how can the time lords draft you for their ranks and have you fly around in police boxes with them if you're not even Russian?
I don't know. And no, I have never flew around in police boxes with them.
Man, not all the russians like this guys. Yeah, there're lots of them. But me, for exapmle, absolutely different.
But if you don't fly in police boxes with the time lords, how can you save the world, John? Tell me who will save us if you don't help the time lords?
Well... I don't know. I think it will be one of Bugbears, don't you think? :D
What will be one of bugbears?
The guy who will safe the World.
Yes, he is a time lord. He is the last of his species... You are trying to tell me you are not affiliated with the time lord?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on May 09, 2013, 09:31:35 AM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Why do you think all the russian like this idiots in a video?
You're telling me that you've never seen this in real life? John, I'm surprised at you. How can you call yourself blood of the motherland?
Well, in Russia it isn't very usual to see something like this.
And I'll never say that I'm a blood of the motherland. Cause I hate this freakin' country.
But John, how can the time lords draft you for their ranks and have you fly around in police boxes with them if you're not even Russian?
I don't know. And no, I have never flew around in police boxes with them.
Man, not all the russians like this guys. Yeah, there're lots of them. But me, for exapmle, absolutely different.
But if you don't fly in police boxes with the time lords, how can you save the world, John? Tell me who will save us if you don't help the time lords?
Well... I don't know. I think it will be one of Bugbears, don't you think? :D
What will be one of bugbears?
The guy who will safe the World.
Yes, he is a time lord. He is the last of his species... You are trying to tell me you are not affiliated with the time lord?
Well.. I'm confused.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: RacerBest on May 09, 2013, 11:01:39 AM
Stop the offtopic and the quote pyramid..

When will we get more info about this game?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on May 09, 2013, 11:41:34 AM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Why do you think all the russian like this idiots in a video?
You're telling me that you've never seen this in real life? John, I'm surprised at you. How can you call yourself blood of the motherland?
Well, in Russia it isn't very usual to see something like this.
And I'll never say that I'm a blood of the motherland. Cause I hate this freakin' country.
But John, how can the time lords draft you for their ranks and have you fly around in police boxes with them if you're not even Russian?
I don't know. And no, I have never flew around in police boxes with them.
Man, not all the russians like this guys. Yeah, there're lots of them. But me, for exapmle, absolutely different.
But if you don't fly in police boxes with the time lords, how can you save the world, John? Tell me who will save us if you don't help the time lords?
Well... I don't know. I think it will be one of Bugbears, don't you think? :D
What will be one of bugbears?
The guy who will safe the World.
Yes, he is a time lord. He is the last of his species... You are trying to tell me you are not affiliated with the time lord?
Well.. I'm confused.
Yes,

(http://www.bloomsocialbusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/24733313.jpg)
muahahahaha
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on May 09, 2013, 12:24:43 PM
That's a sexy ass pyramid though. Bet you're just jelly cuz you're not part of it RB
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: RacerBest on May 09, 2013, 01:13:53 PM
I don't want to be part of it.  :)
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on May 09, 2013, 06:49:07 PM
When Russians have a duel. This is how they do it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFyz0Rp994
Why do you think all the russian like this idiots in a video?
You're telling me that you've never seen this in real life? John, I'm surprised at you. How can you call yourself blood of the motherland?
Well, in Russia it isn't very usual to see something like this.
And I'll never say that I'm a blood of the motherland. Cause I hate this freakin' country.
But John, how can the time lords draft you for their ranks and have you fly around in police boxes with them if you're not even Russian?
I don't know. And no, I have never flew around in police boxes with them.
Man, not all the russians like this guys. Yeah, there're lots of them. But me, for exapmle, absolutely different.
But if you don't fly in police boxes with the time lords, how can you save the world, John? Tell me who will save us if you don't help the time lords?
Well... I don't know. I think it will be one of Bugbears, don't you think? :D
What will be one of bugbears?
The guy who will safe the World.
Yes, he is a time lord. He is the last of his species... You are trying to tell me you are not affiliated with the time lord?
Well.. I'm confused.
Yes,

(http://www.bloomsocialbusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/24733313.jpg)
muahahahaha
Racerbest is jelly cuz he's not

(http://thk.nyca-dev.com/gfx/thumbs/t/didNnBIs6ao.LoL-Moments-League-of-Legends-Part-of-the-Plan-S3-5.320x180yt.jpg)
 ;D
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: AdApt on May 15, 2013, 03:09:03 AM
Banned for 7 days. Read forum rules (http://community.bugbeargames.com/index.php?topic=4.0) before posting again.

You mean I'm not allowed to call Bugbear a bunch of **********?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on May 15, 2013, 03:43:16 AM
Banned for 7 days. Read forum rules (http://community.bugbeargames.com/index.php?topic=4.0) before posting again.

You mean I'm not allowed to call Bugbear a bunch of *********?
bahahahahaha

(http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i443/cemalrivers77/U-mad-yeah-u-mad.jpg)
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on May 15, 2013, 07:00:32 AM
Banned for 7 days. Read forum rules (http://community.bugbeargames.com/index.php?topic=4.0) before posting again.

You mean I'm not allowed to call Bugbear a bunch of *********?
Seriously, what are you doing here? And what for?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Jukka Merikanto on May 15, 2013, 08:14:05 AM
Banned for 7 days. Read forum rules (http://community.bugbeargames.com/index.php?topic=4.0) before posting again.

You mean I'm not allowed to call Bugbear a bunch of *********?

Exactly. I'll lift your new ban after you mail us an apology with some nice words on it :)
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on May 15, 2013, 03:16:06 PM
Banned for 7 days. Read forum rules (http://community.bugbeargames.com/index.php?topic=4.0) before posting again.

You mean I'm not allowed to call Bugbear a bunch of *********?

Exactly. I'll lift your new ban after you mail us an apology with some nice words on it :)
And when you'll ban him forever?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on May 15, 2013, 04:35:13 PM
And when you'll ban him forever?

John, help the time lords!
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Tommi Tissari on May 15, 2013, 04:49:19 PM
That's a cunning plan John!  ;D
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on May 15, 2013, 09:17:30 PM
That's a cunning plan John!  ;D
Nothing but desire to keep our forum clear from bad people :)
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mopower on May 16, 2013, 02:47:30 AM
That's a cunning plan John!  ;D
Nothing but desire to keep our forum clear from bad people :)

See? Tommi? I told you John had the best intentions for mother earth :)
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Tommi Tissari on May 17, 2013, 05:40:52 AM
That's a cunning plan John!  ;D
Nothing but desire to keep our forum clear from bad people :)

See? Tommi? I told you John had the best intentions for mother earth :)

Aye aye!  8)
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on May 17, 2013, 10:55:45 AM
That's a cunning plan John!  ;D
Nothing but desire to keep our forum clear from bad people :)

See? Tommi? I told you John had the best intentions for mother earth :)

Aye aye!  8)
Peace!  :)
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: X on June 03, 2013, 03:34:33 AM
That's a cunning plan John!  ;D
Nothing but desire to keep our forum clear from bad people :)

See? Tommi? I told you John had the best intentions for mother earth :)

Aye aye!  8)
Peace!  :)

After reading the quote pyramid, I am confused as hell. I guess I fell for the "plan" twice.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: RacerBest on June 13, 2013, 11:02:26 AM
Seems like Driftopia was in E3.
http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/d1n7gq/ridge-racer-driftopia-e3-2013--gameplay--cam-

I don't see any difference to Unbounded.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: psychicparrot on June 22, 2013, 02:47:44 PM
I hate to say it, BB, but I have zero interest in this - I'm not a fan of so-called free to play at all as it usually means 'you're going to be fleeced by micro transactions instead'.. I really liked RR:U, though.

Quote
RACERBEST said:
Seems like Driftopia was in E3.
http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/d1n7gq/ridge-racer-driftopia-e3-2013--gameplay--cam-

That E3 video is terrible! Who was playing that? Seems like they're doing about 30 mph and haven't found the drift button.

I just hope this Drift thing brings in enough money to do the things you want to do with Next Car Game, because that's the one I'm waiting for :)
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: RacerBest on June 22, 2013, 05:25:14 PM
I have a feeling that Namco just took RRU and put micro-transactions in it hoping to get some extra money, and Bugbear doesn't have much to do with this, except creating the original RRU they used as base for this. And Namco gets 95% of the money this game makes.  :-X
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: isamu on July 07, 2013, 12:17:52 AM
It's such a shame to see this franchise go down the toilet :(  :'(
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Acierocolotl on August 01, 2013, 11:17:09 PM
I have a feeling that Namco just took RRU and put micro-transactions in it hoping to get some extra money, and Bugbear doesn't have much to do with this, except creating the original RRU they used as base for this.

Exactly this.  I gave it a spin just ten minutes ago.  There's a few new skins on the cars but it's the same cars, the same track assets, and the same music.  The difference is if you crash your car, the race is over, you need to spend "repair kits" to save your car (if you run out, you lose it), and repair kits come in slowly over time unless you spend money.

It's actually pretty brazen how much of a cash grab it is, and I feel very disappointed in Namco alone.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: AltS7 on August 02, 2013, 03:20:40 AM
So devs are trying to implement new damage model without boost?
http://youtu.be/Ku0nXhdbZOs?t=42s - for now it looks weird.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: isamu on August 02, 2013, 05:56:53 AM
Can you guys give some impressions on the car handling? Does it exhibit any resemblance to the older Namco Ridge Racer games in car or drifting behavior?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: RacerBest on August 02, 2013, 08:18:46 AM
Can you guys give some impressions on the car handling? Does it exhibit any resemblance to the older Namco Ridge Racer games in car or drifting behavior?
It's same as Ridge Racer Unbounded. So no.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Speedevil on August 03, 2013, 02:32:30 AM
I have a feeling that Namco just took RRU and put micro-transactions in it hoping to get some extra money, and Bugbear doesn't have much to do with this, except creating the original RRU they used as base for this.

Exactly this.  I gave it a spin just ten minutes ago.  There's a few new skins on the cars but it's the same cars, the same track assets, and the same music.  The difference is if you crash your car, the race is over, you need to spend "repair kits" to save your car (if you run out, you lose it), and repair kits come in slowly over time unless you spend money.

It's actually pretty brazen how much of a cash grab it is, and I feel very disappointed in Namco alone.

Totally agree with this. I couldn't even finish a race. And other (ghost) cars can ram you, but since they are ghosts, you can't.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: RacerBest on August 03, 2013, 11:22:47 AM
I have a feeling that Namco just took RRU and put micro-transactions in it hoping to get some extra money, and Bugbear doesn't have much to do with this, except creating the original RRU they used as base for this.

Exactly this.  I gave it a spin just ten minutes ago.  There's a few new skins on the cars but it's the same cars, the same track assets, and the same music.  The difference is if you crash your car, the race is over, you need to spend "repair kits" to save your car (if you run out, you lose it), and repair kits come in slowly over time unless you spend money.

It's actually pretty brazen how much of a cash grab it is, and I feel very disappointed in Namco alone.

Totally agree with this. I couldn't even finish a race. And other (ghost) cars can ram you, but since they are ghosts, you can't.
They are only ghosts in the start for a while. You can takedown the other cars, and doing so gives you the car you took down.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on August 05, 2013, 11:30:54 AM
Well... It's not lagging now at all, so I REALLY ENJOY IT! Seriously, that is so cool!
But... How about online racing? Or you'll make it later?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Joonas Laakso on August 05, 2013, 03:52:37 PM
We're not planning on simultaneous online racing for RRD. The idea is for the leaderboards to become very competitive between the Spirits. We're interested in seeing if that's enough for players who don't like waiting in lobbies but still want to compete against other players.

That said, it hasn't been tested with more than our internal guys before this closed beta, so who knows what will happen yet.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Speedevil on August 05, 2013, 04:56:05 PM
I'm starting to like this game. The car handling is good, since it's the same as Unbounded's, and it's fun to play.
However, I would like more cars and tracks. Will there be new ones for the release?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: RacerBest on August 05, 2013, 05:43:57 PM
I am waiting for PS3 version because my PC can't handle this game.  :'(
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on August 05, 2013, 08:16:48 PM
We're not planning on simultaneous online racing for RRD. The idea is for the leaderboards to become very competitive between the Spirits. We're interested in seeing if that's enough for players who don't like waiting in lobbies but still want to compete against other players.

That said, it hasn't been tested with more than our internal guys before this closed beta, so who knows what will happen yet.
Okay! Thanks! Waiting for online! :)
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: aerocrane on August 05, 2013, 08:38:24 PM
We're not planning on simultaneous online racing for RRD. The idea is for the leaderboards to become very competitive between the Spirits.

So a bit like Trackmania, just competing against the clock, not other drivers? Will the track editor be present in Driftopia? Custom tracks were what made Trackmania so great. You never knew what sort of track you would be racing on when joining a server.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Joonas Laakso on August 05, 2013, 10:03:21 PM
More tracks and cars and cards after launch, yes.

The competition is between Spirits - recorded replays of other players driving the same track. So it's like racing ghosts... except the ghosts are physical. We find it resembles driving in a multiplayer race surprisingly well. The idea is from a Japanese arcade game.

Your Spirit also gathers points for you when it's racing other drivers and beating them, so you should strive to have a competitive Spirit on all the tracks.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: seffyroff on August 05, 2013, 11:55:38 PM
I'd love to play, I'm a huge fan of RR and Unbounded (And Flatout) - I've got the same crash bug others have reported.  After choosing the first race in Career (Initiation) the next screen appears to be a flickering jumble of the main menu for a couple of seconds, then the game crashes.  Is there a workaround for this, or a fix on the way?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Acierocolotl on August 06, 2013, 04:06:29 AM
I had been able to do a couple races, and it's been smooth so far, so I can't complain there.

My real complaint, upon reflection, is the whole toolkit system.  It puts an artificial--and extremly short--constraint on how much I might be able to play.

I had a bad bit of luck, crashed five times in a row, and that's all my repair kits for the day, and that was only about three minutes of driving.  Buying another 50 repair kits--or five restarts for a basic, level 1 car, would set me back roughly $1.50.  At the rate I was using them, it's akin to $30 an hour (assuming I was as idiotic as I was then).

In essence, what I'm getting at is I should like to determine how much I can play in a single setting.  I acknowledge the need for income, but I'd rather it be a trifle more discrete.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Speedevil on August 06, 2013, 04:56:58 AM
You can lose your car if you crash it too much, but if you've lost all your cars, you are given a free Grover so you can still play.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Joonas Laakso on August 06, 2013, 10:40:11 AM
I'd love to play, I'm a huge fan of RR and Unbounded (And Flatout) - I've got the same crash bug others have reported.  After choosing the first race in Career (Initiation) the next screen appears to be a flickering jumble of the main menu for a couple of seconds, then the game crashes.  Is there a workaround for this, or a fix on the way?

Thank you for the bug report. Please use the dedicated "Beta Bugs" board (http://"http://community.bugbeargames.com/index.php?board=19.0") for further bug reports. Thank you!

Any screenshots of the flicker jumble of the main menu possible to get?

Also hardware specs, dxdiag scan results would be good. Also things like car chosen, which button was pressed at what time, is an Xbox controller used or PC keyboard, basically as much data as possible helps. What launcher settings were used, language, anisotropic filtering level, video resolution?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: deadmoroz14 on August 06, 2013, 06:08:37 PM
I played about 4 hours this game and now I'm in a very bad situation: I've wrecked all my cars (which I won in time challenges), spent all repairs and I can't compete with rivals in career, because I have 20-30th times on all tracks using a good car I already wrecked. I can't even wreck someone to get a chance of grabbing a normal car because opponents just flying away right from the start. The only way I see is to upgrade my shitty car, but that's nearly impossible, because I have to participate in nearly 50 races without repairs. Only 1 crash and I'll have to start it all again. So, after some wrecks the game is just to hard/expensive to play.
Of course, I can't win any of the time challenges (I dunno how they're called in english, I am playing in russian version)
Any thoughts on this?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: RacerBest on August 06, 2013, 06:58:54 PM
Sounds bad.. In beta you can get card packs for free so you can get free cars and repair kits.

But obviously in full release you can't so this is bad thing because you get stuck and can't progress.  :-\
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Mika Zeng on August 06, 2013, 07:37:13 PM
Sounds bad.. In beta you can get card packs for free so you can get free cars and repair kits.

But obviously in full release you can't so this is bad thing because you get stuck and can't progress.  :-\

Also in full release, you can get card packs for free.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: RacerBest on August 07, 2013, 10:12:49 AM
Sounds bad.. In beta you can get card packs for free so you can get free cars and repair kits.

But obviously in full release you can't so this is bad thing because you get stuck and can't progress.  :-\

Also in full release, you can get card packs for free.
What card packs and how? I meant in beta the card packs that cost real money are free.  :)
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Joonas Laakso on August 07, 2013, 10:15:08 AM
Once per day you get a free pack with repair kits, cars and boosters. (The game tells you when it's available, you then need to visit the store to automatically claim it.)

If you run out of cars, you're given a free backup car. You can level it just like any other car.

The repair costs are still being tuned.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: deadmoroz14 on August 07, 2013, 04:56:20 PM
It would be very nice if you will add a repair kits as a participating reward in timed challenges. I've already told about my situation, I can't get any of the repair kits, only daily ones which is kinda not cool

Also, you should mention somewhere how to scroll through categories while choosing a car or a booster card (common/uncommon/rare/legendary). I found out that PageUp and PageDown are used for this. And this was not obvious, I spent some time before finally locate scroll buttons

And I have a question: Will there be any rewards for closed beta players later?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Speedevil on August 07, 2013, 07:45:58 PM
I've heard card packs are free during the beta. Is this right?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: deadmoroz14 on August 07, 2013, 08:11:46 PM
I've heard card packs are free during the beta. Is this right?
The only free packs are the daily packs which gives you 50 repair kits + smth else (not valuable)
But packs are very cheap right now. 3000 repair kits pack (300 repairs of the worst car or 37 repairs of the best car) costs less then a dollar. Country - Russia.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Speedevil on August 07, 2013, 08:15:41 PM
3.000 repair kits cost 20 euros in Belgium...  :o
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Janne Suur-Näkki on August 07, 2013, 09:23:36 PM
Thanks for your feedback, guys - we will be sure to take note, but the monetization in particular is really not up to us.

All content is free during the Steam Closed Beta.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Joonas Laakso on August 07, 2013, 10:31:47 PM
And I have a question: Will there be any rewards for closed beta players later?

Thank you for the suggestions.

I know a reward for beta participants has been planned, but it hasn't been finalized. It's not up to us - at this stage we're fixing a lot of bugs and making as few adjustments to features as possible to keep the codebase stable.

All the monetization and customer service is up to Namco. We will relay your feedback.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: deadmoroz14 on August 07, 2013, 10:54:12 PM
Thanks for your feedback, guys - we will be sure to take note, but the monetization in particular is really not up to us.
It is my duty as a beta tester. I must tell you about bugs and other stuff.
All content is free during the Steam Closed Beta.
Lol, It is really free. I haven't even thought that it could be free. Pop-up window tells me I have to pay some money (20 rub f.e.) but I'm just pressing "authorize" and grabbing all the stuff. Yeehaw!
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: deadmoroz14 on August 08, 2013, 05:14:58 PM
I am experiecing some problems with jumps
http://youtu.be/qRf8e3m7xW4
Is it normal?

And, oh yeah, you removed RR7, all of my records were set on it (every track in top 10 :'()
Also, before mainteance on leveling up RR7 car I drove on new track (widowmakers). It must not appear at all? (You didn't say anything about removing tracks in path note, only cars)
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Janne Suur-Näkki on August 08, 2013, 09:32:14 PM
Regarding the car flipping on landing, no, it's not as designed - we're looking into preventing this from happening, but it's turned out to be pretty difficult without jeopardizing the all-out car handling dynamics that we're aiming for. Rest assured, we're working on it.

Sorry to hear about your records, but we simply had to remove the disabled cars and the times clocked with them because they were causing certain anomalies in the server environment. As for the tracks, more will be made available at a later date, but for now it's better to test with a smaller amount.

And thanks for being active, most people take a beta simply as a token to have a go at the game, which is of course very fine as well, but we do very much appreciate direct feedback. After all, that's the only way to get to hear what you, the users, think of the game!
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Codename4711 on August 09, 2013, 03:30:53 AM
Thanks for your feedback, guys - we will be sure to take note, but the monetization in particular is really not up to us.

All content is free during the Steam Closed Beta.
Free? Great! I was wondering about that, since some Betas do that. I went ahead and bought a bunch of stuff, though i still felt a bit stressed doing it lol.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Janne Suur-Näkki on August 09, 2013, 09:55:36 AM
Yep, free as in beer ;) Never mind the Steam transaction window, no funds will be transacted.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: John Burning on August 09, 2013, 12:09:56 PM
Yep, free as in beer ;) Never mind the Steam transaction window, no funds will be transacted.
Oh, that's good!
You'll make transaction real after release, yes?
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: RacerBest on August 09, 2013, 03:04:02 PM
Yep, free as in beer ;) Never mind the Steam transaction window, no funds will be transacted.
Oh, that's good!
You'll make transaction real after release, yes?
Of course.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: lokitrixter on August 09, 2013, 11:28:01 PM
After playing Driftopia and enjoying it and of course finding out about the free cars and cash shop items during beta I was pleased to have cars to actually play with. I don't know if it's something you guys can handle but I have made the suggestion that if you are out of repair kits and cars are totaled then you just lose a level on the car (3-2, 2-1, et al.) and lose the ability to race the car for 24 hours. I think this would keep players from giving up on this when they lose their cars and run out of kits as well as keeping casual people engaged. This way those who want to stay in the action for the day will buy their kits to keep their levels as well as their car, whereas those that don't want to pay aren't penalized for it. Just a thought and again not sure if it's something on your end that you can control.

All in all having a right fun time with this
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: GoldenApe on August 10, 2013, 04:28:16 AM
Yep, free as in beer ;) Never mind the Steam transaction window, no funds will be transacted.
Lol, wished I read that 3 hours ago.
I spent all my repairs just to see what would happen, but as car-crashes are fairly common, it's really difficult to build out your garage again without having to spend money. Don't get me wrong, I love having these high stakes, which forces you to really learn how to drive well, but even then there's the occasional (frequent, even) weird bump after slamming through a shortcut that sends your car barrelrolling out of control (see deadmoroz14's video). Or you just get fragged out of the blue. And of course that happens every time I'm just about to level up, so I can't get to those damn challenges for getting a new vehicle.
Sure I understand you want to trigger people into buying stuff, but I feel that at least the chance of drawing a free repairs card should be way higher. I don't know how many times I drew cards in the past 4 hours (I guess about 50), but I only got one of them afaik.

Gameplay wise, I absolutely love the game, as I did RRU, but the whole points and upgrade system definitely makes me want to put in a lot more hours into Driftopia.
I have yet to spend a little more time figuring out all the microtransactions and how they would affect things in the game; at first glance I thought some stuff looked a bit too much pay-to-win, but it seems you can pretty much unlock everything by playing for free as well (it just takes a lot of grinding), plus you should be paired against fairly equal opponents anyway, so I think you guys got the basic f2p structure down pretty well.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Birddogg66 on August 11, 2013, 08:02:46 AM
So far I do not think FTP is doing as well as was to be expected within the driving game genre so I think it's an area to take a hard look at against a good solid based box title with DLC packs after release. The Bugbear games I am familiar with I do think are pretty darn good. Rally Trophy particularly being my favorite and a title you guys have not fully given up on the idea of a sequel. Yes I have pushed this in other threads but this would be a great base for ongoing DLC projects.

Ridge Racer for PC if my Fanatec CSW Pedals and soon to add Shifter are supported fully I may very well give it a try. Don't take any shortcuts along the way make sure the titles are ready when released to avoid the within the first month patch game that some other developers are known for.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: KacperNFS on August 11, 2013, 09:40:19 PM
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All content is free during the Steam Closed Beta.

1. What will happen to things that we bought now when open beta will start?
2. We won't have to pay anything for the things we already bought?

Asking just to make sure.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Speedevil on August 11, 2013, 10:49:30 PM
I think everybody will have to start the whole game again.
Title: Re: Free-to-Play RIDGE RACER™ DRIFTOPIA
Post by: Joonas Laakso on August 16, 2013, 11:26:43 PM
1. What will happen to things that we bought now when open beta will start?
2. We won't have to pay anything for the things we already bought?

1. When we go to the open beta, most likely there will be a whole server wipe.
2. As said, nothing is charged during the closed beta, despite how it appears on Steam. Your Steam wallet (or credit card) is not charged.