Ridge Racer 2 drifts onto PS Plus Premium this December

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Remember Ridge Racer?

Namco's classic arcade racer used to be regular part of PlayStation launch lineups. And yet we haven’t had a new Ridge Racer console game in over ten years.

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But if you’re subscribed to PlayStation Plus Premium, you can relive one of the best recent games in the series this month.

Ridge Racer 2 drifts onto PS Plus Premium

Previously leaked back in April this year, PlayStation Blog has confirmed the PSP’s Ridge Racer 2 is part of December's PlayStation Plus Premium Classics lineup.

Ridge Racer 2 PSP
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Originally released in 2006 for PSP, Ridge Racer 2 was effectively a greatest hits compilation containing fan-favourite tracks from the first four Ridge Racer titles on PS1 and the arcade-only Rave Racer.

For its PS Plus debut, this new emulated version of Ridge Racer 2 is enhanced with higher-resolution graphics along with rewind and quick save functions and custom video filters.

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Ridge Racer 2 will be available on PlayStation Plus Premium from 20 December. In the UK, a PlayStation Plus Premium subscription currently costs £99.99 per month, £39.99 for three months, and £13.49 for one month.

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Frustratingly, this is the only way to play a Ridge Racer game on PS5. The last Ridge Racer console game was Ridge Racer Unbounded by Wreckfest developer BugBear Entertainment in 2012 on PS3 and Xbox 360.

Ridge Racer 2 screenshot PlayStation Plus Premium

But with its focus on car combat, Unbound was a radical change in direction for the series and many fans don’t regard it as a true sequel.

You have to go way back to 2006 for the last numbered game with the PS3-exclusive Ridge Racer 7, so a proper sequel is long overdue.

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Ridge Racer 8 was rumoured to be in development as a Nintendo Switch exclusive but was never announced. We can only hope Ridge Racer 2 is popular on PS Plus Premium and inspires Namco to revive the arcade racing series for a new generation.