Namco Bandai Games Europe officially announced a new downloadable free-to-play title based on the smash Ridge Racer franchise, titled 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.”

No other details have been revealed for the time being apart from the promise that Ridge Racer Driftopia “will put the series’ irresistible signature drifting right at the heart of the experience”.