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KartRider: Drift

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

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'KartRider: Drift' Cross-Platform/Cross-Play Open Beta Launches Tomorrow

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2022 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT

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.

Following the pre-registration period, KartRider: Drift will be conducting a “Global Racing Test” in open beta format beginning Wednesday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m. PDT (1:00 a.m. UTC) until Tuesday, September 6 at 6:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. UTC). The “Global Racing Test” will bring players together from around the world with full cross-platform and cross-play support. Racers can choose to play on PC (Steam and Nexon’s launcher), mobile (iOS, Android) or Xbox One, PS4.

The global test encompasses Korea, Japan, North America, Latin America, and Europe and is open to everyone. With extended support for mobile platforms (Android, iOS), racers can enjoy thrilling racing moments with players from all over the world on PCs and consoles (PS4, Xbox One) without any device distinction. (However, for iOS, only 10,000 people can participate on a first-come, first-served basis. Racers who wish to participate in the “Global Racing Test” on iOS will need to download the TestFlight app.) Nexon aims to intensively validate the racing experience in a fully cross-play environment, including mobile devices, during the “Global Racing Test” period by capturing player feedback in advance of KartRider: Drift’s global launch.

The “Global Racing Test” will also showcase updated content like the new AI mode matching system that allows racers to practice fast matchmaking and a kart Upgrade System that will allow players to fine tune their kart’s performance. The License System, which teaches players to learn driving skills according to a given mission, adds a new grade, L3 - the highest difficulty level - to test your grit as the best of the best. Nexon has added a variety of further improvements since the last closed beta, including an information page which provides at-a-glance views of your play history, plus the addition of an in-game achievement system that provides points each time you participate in an activity.

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 fully cross-platform and will be available on PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam), and mobile (iOS and Android), scheduled for 2022.

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