KartRider: Drift Comes to the West 15 Years After Its Debut

Published: November 14, 2019 3:37 PM /


Kartrider Drift

A classic game in Asia is finally spreading out in the world: KartRider: Drift will be coming West for the first time.

If you've never heard of KartRider: Drift, well... it's not really a game that was popular in the West. It first kicked off in Asian markets a decade-and-a-half ago, eventually expanding to other countries in the region. While there were surely some players in the West who played the game to one degree or another, it hadn't yet had an official release over here. That's all changing today with the announcement that KartRider: Drift is coming to Xbox One and PC.

After the game was revealed, we were told that two Esports pros — yes, this game has an Esports scene — would be showing high-level racing on the stream. While the two pros were getting ready to race, we learned that Kartrider Drift will have both keyboard and controller support.

So, what does KartRider: Drift play like? Well, check out the trailer below to see for yourself:

Sign up for the KartRider: Drift Closed Beta Right Now

A closed beta for KartRider: Drift begins on December 5, 2019, and ends on December 8, 2019. A post-show press release rounded out the details.

Players can enjoy three distinct gameplay modes:

  • Time Attack: Exactly what it says on the tin.
  • Item Mode: Blow up your opponents with items, Mario Kart-style.
  • Speed  Mode: Unleash your inner tofu delivery driver with high-speed drifting!

Also key to this game's appeal is a crazy amount of customization. The devs made a point of highlighting some of the stranger drivable vehicles like a toilet and a gorilla. No, really.

If KartRider: Drift seems like your kind of jam, you can sign up for its closed beta on the game's official website.

What do you think of KartRider: Drift finally heading to the West? Do you think you'll give it a spin? Let us know in the comments below!

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