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Ridge Racer comes with free DLC at launch

Japan and Europe are already racing their way through the new Ridge Racer for PlayStation Vita, but those of us in North America don't have too much longer to wait. Publisher Namco Bandai Games is even throwing in a small thank you for being so patient: a free DLC pack for gamers who buy Ridge Racer at launch, while supplies last.

Ridge Racer, developed by Cellius, is due out March 13 for $29.99 at retail and $24.99 for digital download. If you're buying the retail version, a "Gold Pass" code will be included inside the box, allowing access to the extra content. Gamers who download the title from the PlayStation Store must do so before April 30, 2012 if they want to obtain the free DLC.

What exactly is in this pack? How about five free additional machines, three courses, and extra pieces of pumping background music to take you across the finish line?

  • Five additional machines: PROMESSA, ELENIE, DIGNISTAR, FATALITA and MELTFIRE
  • Three additional courses: Old Central, Sunset Heights and Lost Ruins
  • Two music tracks: NEW SONGS PACK 01
  • One new extended music mix: LONG MIX BGM 01

More good news came the PlayStation Blog today in addition to the announcement. The belated North American release will reportedly come with improved frame rates and crisper graphics. Sometimes it pays to finish last.

Tags: Ridge Racer, Namco Bandai, Cellius

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