KartRider Drift beta dates announced, sign up now

KartRider: Drift is officially coming to PS4. The announcement was made during Sony’s latest State of Play broadcast which also included a closer look at games such as Little Devil Inside, Death’s Door, and Star Ocean: The Divine Force.

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Drift is the latest game in the hugely popular KartRider series, Nexon confirming that the next beta test will be taking place in December. Sign-ups are now open though some users are reporting issues when attempting to register.

KartRider is a name you might be unfamiliar with, but in other parts of the world it’s a bonafide phenomenon. A Korean free-to-play titan (also referred to as Crazyracing Kartrider) with more than fifteen years of history and a booming esports scene.

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This latest KartRider: Drift beta will be available not only on PS4, but PC and Xbox One too. Here’s the full schedule for those wanting to take the upcoming arcade racer for a spin.

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

The game has been in closed beta for quite some time now. We got an early preview last year but, since then, Nexon is said to have made some serious changes to KartRider: Drift. Aside from improving the core racing experience, the amount of content being offered has ballooned with plenty of new maps and karts up for grabs.

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When will KartRider: Drift release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One? Here’s what Nexon had to say:

The last thing that we want to do with KartRider: Drift is to release it too soon. We’ve been working for a long time on making an intensely competitive and exceptionally fun game, and we don’t want to waste your time with a poor game that’s full of bugs. While we are currently aiming to release in 2022, we’re not going to release KartRider: Drift until we’re sure that it’s everything that you’ve been promised.

While it doesn’t have quite the same pull as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Drift has a competitive edge in being free-to-play and offering seamless multiplayer matches with cross-play across different platforms.

Source: Press Release

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