Sony jumped the gun a bit on this one with its massive announcement last week about the launch titles, but it's not to get official word every once in awhile. As of today, Namco has annouced that Ridge Racer
will be a launch title for the PSP and will feature wireless connectivity for multiplayer action. A new nitrous boosting system allows for faster racing while eight player races lead to some pretty intense battles. No price has been set yet but the game will launch in March.
NAMCOâ€™S RIDGE RACERÂ COMING TO
PSPÂ HANDHELD SYSTEM
Namco to Bring Fan Favorite to Sonyâ€™s Hot New Handheld Platform
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (February 7, 2005) â€“ Leading video games publisher and developer Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that Ridge RacerÂ will be available at launch for the PSPÂ handheld entertainment system. Taking full advantage of the PSP handheld systemâ€™s wireless connectivity, Ridge Racer will feature an extensive multiplayer mode.
â€œSony is once again pushing the envelope in interactive entertainment, and Namco is thrilled to be a part of the next evolution in handheld gaming,â€ said Nobuhiro Kasahara, president and chief executive officer of Namco Hometek Inc. â€œRidge Racer will allow gamers to experience the capabilities of this new platform to the fullest.â€
In the latest installment of the ten-year drift racing dynasty, Ridge Racer features an all-new nitrous boosting system that allows players to race faster than ever and smoke their competition. Through new modes such as Wireless Battle, players can battle it out head-to-head in eight-player races. Ridge Racer also delivers advanced 3D graphics, smooth analog steering and robust vehicle and course selections â€“ comprised of classic courses from previous Ridge Racer titles.
Ridge Racer will be available at the launch of the PSP handheld system. For more information, please visit: www.namco.com.
About Namco Hometek Inc.
Namco Hometek Inc. is the U.S. consumer division of Namco Limited, a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. Based in Santa Clara, CA, Namco Hometek Inc. is an award-winning video games publisher for next generation game consoles. Namco has created some of the industry's greatest video game franchises: TekkenÂ®, SOULCALIBURÂ®, Dead to RightsÂ®, Pac-Man WorldÂ, Ridge RacerÂ®, Time CrisisÂ® and ACECOMBATÂ. For more information about Namco and its products log onto www.namco.com.