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KartRider: Drift

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Racing
Publisher: Nexon America

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'KartRider: Drift' Closed Beta Begins Later Today Across All Platforms

by Rainier on Dec. 8, 2021 @ 1:19 a.m. PST

KartRider: Drift is a cross platform free-to-play kart racing game that delivers intuitive gameplay for all skill levels.

Building upon its celebrated 15-year history, KartRider: Drift delivers all the action of its predecessor with even more drift challenges and deeper customization.

Offering wide customization features across karts and character design, KartRider: Drift encourages racers to express their unique personality as they cross the line.

KartRider: Drift offers three distinct modes, including Time Attack, an easy-to-learn Item Mode, and a competitive Speed Mode, which offers hard-to-master drifting techniques for players looking for a greater challenge. Featuring stunning Unreal Engine 4 graphics, KartRider: Drift is optimized from the ground up to deliver a stellar online experience, with a breadth of content lined up, including constantly evolving seasonal updates.

KartRider: Drift will launch its Closed Beta at 4pm Pacific today, ending on December 15, 2021 at 5am Pacific.

Access to the KartRider: Drift Closed Beta is available for PC on Nexon’s launcher and Steam, in addition to being available to console players on PS4 and Xbox One.

KartRider: Drift Closed Beta Times:

  • PST (UTC -8): 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 8 – 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 15
  • CET (UTC +1): 1:00 a.m. Thursday, December 9 – 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 15
  • AEDT (UTC +11): 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 9 – 12:00 a.m. Thursday, December 16

Visit the official website to sign up for the closed beta. Invitations will be on a limited basis, and will be sent starting December 6, so sign up today for a chance to race!

What’s New in Closed Beta 3?

Quite a bit, actually! You’ll discover new maps, new features, new skins, new characters, new karts, and more. Veteran fans will also see many improvements made to existing modes and mechanics, including both Item Mode and Speed Mode.

In Item Mode, you can collect and use over 15 distinct items to attack, defend, and even support your allies in team races. Alternatively, for players that enjoy fast-paced competitive racing, be sure to check out Speed Mode, where skillful drifting will help you fill your boost gauge to blast off ahead of other karts and claim victory!

Customize Your Kart and Racer and Hit the Road in Style

One of the biggest new features we can’t wait for you to experience is the Livery System. Imagine being able to customize the color, pattern, wraps, and decals of your kart to create your own unique design. We provide some existing designs as reference but really want you to leverage the decals to find your perfect style and create some share-worthy UGC.

We are also excited to introduce you to some new karts (it IS a kart racing game after all), including Brutus, Justice, Saber, Spider, and Storm…which look as awesome as they sound! And make pretty good names for kittens as well.

But what good is a sweet new ride without a superstar driver behind the wheel?  In addition to the current cast of characters, KartRider: Drift introduces you to the mysterious Neo (not that one), the fearsome Rex, and the queen of selfies Marid in Closed Beta 3.

Lastly, you’ll discover 15 new tracks on top of the existing 16 tracks that beta participants have seen previously. You can explore city traffic, icy glaciers, dusty deserts, spooky graveyards, or a flaming hot course where lava explodes onto the track. Let us know your favorites after trying them all!

Progress from the Closed Beta will not carry over to the official game at launch.

Key Features:

  • This is KartRider: Drift: Experience the newest free-to-play title in the popular franchise with over 300 million players! Discover the cross-platform multiplayer kart racer featuring high definition Unreal® Engine 4 graphics that is the most expansive, accessible,& competitive kart racing title ever!
  • Grab the Wheel for Free: Race Together Anytime & Anywhere! KartRider: Drift is easy to pick up + play across PC & Xbox with No Pay Walls completely free to play with friends across the globe.
  • Racing Never Looked Better: Take control in the only kart racing game with high definition Unreal Engine 4 graphics & full freedom to personalize your ride. Endlessly customize your character to fit your own unique personality & craft the perfect kart to cross the finish line & top the leaderboards in style.
  • Take the Lead: Elevate your game through the fastest & most competitive multiplayer sprints in Kart Racing - KartRider: Drift ’s exclusive Speed Mode. Push yourself to the limit with Speed Mode’s precise controls, advanced drifting system, & highly skilled gameplay. With no items & no RNG, success on the track is determined by skill& mere seconds.
  • Kart Racing Evolved: More than any other kart racing title, KartRider: Drift is a living, online multiplayer game that is always adding new karts, characters, skins, tracks & customization

KartRider: Drift is in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam), scheduled for 2022.

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