It seems as though Ridge Racer Driftopia has run out of repair kits and can no longer afford to keep its servers running. The arcade-y drifter was released onto Steam Early Access in August of last year where it has remained since. Ultimately its failure to gain any traction has resulted in Driftopia being forced into the pits starting on August 15th.
Bandai Namco the game’s publisher released a small statement regarding the closure on their official site which stated:
BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe S.A.S announced today that RIDGE RACER DRIFTOPIA’s open beta will be finished in 60 days. The leading developer and publisher wanted to take this opportunity to thank all its players for their permanent support and dedication! All the feedbacks will be taken into account for the upcoming projects.
By August 15th, servers will be turned off and the game will no longer be in Early Access.
To us, the closure isn’t exactly surprising. Driftopia was plagued by a lack of real multiplayer races and badly designed money sinks which forced players to horde repair kits needed to repair a vehicle any time it was involved in a crash. Check out our First Impressions below and let us know what you think of Driftopia’s demise.