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.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. According to the calendar, it is coming in October 13, 2015. So that means we need like……………
    41 days left. Today is September 2, 2015. We need like 1 month and 11 days left to go. I’ll let you know if its 1 month left, which is September 13, 2015. Have fun playing other mmo’s!!

  2. I wonder if these short lived online games actually make money and are short lived by design and not due to failure

    • It wasn’t that fun of a game. I’ve enjoyed the old Ridge Racer games but I didn’t much like that one. Thus it didn’t get any money from me.

  3. Because we all knew that game was shit from start. Another one who wanted to make fast money. Quality over quantity, bastards! Stop making shitty MMOs

  4. I never played to buy anything from bug bear or namco. This is the 3rd game keep releasing and never supporting it or even taking care of the game, pretty much abandon it.

    • They do much better with they’re regular console franchises, though they seem to be slipping because of the whole F2P thing…. Its unfortunate.. They should keep to what they do best and making a good games that I have to pay 60 dollars for because I’ve always enjoyed them.


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