KartRider Drift: Release date, beta, trailer, gameplay & more

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The world of arcade kart racers is dominated by a certain plumber and his cavalcade of friends and enemies, but with Nintendo being... well, Nintendo, the genre is there to be conquered for someone else.

Enter KartRider Drift.

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Revealed at the most recent Sony State Of Play, this charming little racer appears to blend some car culture with power-up based arcade gameplay and plenty of customisation elements. Let's take a look at what we know so far.

Release date

Unveiled in late October 2021, Sony is keeping the release date for KartRider Drift pretty vague.

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LOOKING THE PART: The tracks certainly look right for an arcade kart racer!

The only date we were given was "coming 2022", which could be soon or still a year away.

However, there is one piece of comfort here...

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Beta

Players are invited to register for a beta of the game!

A closed beta, players can get a look at early gameplay from 8-15 December.

Register your interest for the beta here!

Trailer & gameplay

Captured on a PS4 dev kit, the trailer for KartRider Drift doesn't suffer for the lack of a PS5.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ka1EIOif74

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Showing off colourful artwork and some awesome character designs that are sure to win players over, KartRider Drift looks like it will deliver on that classic karting style.

With power-up racing a must, KartRider Drift has blended them with a sense of humour and a huge array of characters and karts.

Customisation

While obviously childish in design, the level of customisation has a good dose of charm in it too.

From characters with highly unique looks to karts that range from Lego-style to a Bugatti, it looks like there will be something for everyone when it comes to picking out your players.

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There is also a huge amount you can do with toppers and wraps to fully customise your kart.

There is just one worry when it comes to this aspect though.

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Free to play

As a free to play game, KartRider Drift is sure to have plenty of in-game transactions. Be that a "battle pass" style seasonal tier system or simply a currency for unlocking new characters and designs.

That won't bother some, but as a game targeted at a family audience it could lead to more than a few arguments! We will keep an open mind until we see the mechanics in the game though.

For now, KartRider Drift looks promising!