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KartRider: Drift PS4 Release Announced, Closed Beta 3 Registrations Open

KartRider: Drift, Nexon's upcoming free-to-play, Unreal Engine 4-powered arcade racer, is scheduled to release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2022.
KartRider: Drift, Nexon's upcoming free-to-play, Unreal Engine 4-powered arcade racer, is scheduled to release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2022. / Photo courtesy of Nexon

KartRider: Drift is set to release on PlayStation 4 sometime in 2022 and have its third closed beta test this December, Nexon announced in a trailer during Sony's Oct. 27 State of Play show.

Nexon's upcoming free-to-play, Unreal Engine 4-powered arcade racer has also been in development for Xbox One and PC (via Steam and Nexon Launcher) and supports full cross-platform and cross-progression features.

KartRider: Drift PS4 Release Announced, Closed Beta 3 Registrations Open

KartRider: Drift is set to be the latest offering in its series, one that started with the release of Crazyracing Kartrider in June 2004.

An arcade racer traditionally known for its no-item, close racing gameplay distinguished by a simple, but high skill ceiling, KartRider: Drift looks to take the series' staple kart-racing mechanisms and blend it with crossplay features and next-gen graphics via Unreal Engine 4.

Those on PlayStation looking to get their first hands-on experience with the upcoming title are encouraged to sign-up for KartRider: Drift's third closed beta, which is set to run from Dec. 8 to Dec. 15.

The launch of Closed Beta 3 will mark over a year since Nexon's last playtest for the title. It will offer two modes, seven playable characters, over 30 different tracks, new features and a variety of skins, carts, cart parts and other customization options for players to explore.

Item Mode features team-based races where players can routinely hold up to two of 15 different items to attack, defend, or support your allies.

For those who prefer fast-paced, competitive racing, Speed Mode reportedly has a major emphasis on perfecting drifting and using boosts to gain separation.