Ridge Racer Vita premium DLC revealed

Add to the 3 tracks and 5 cars, for a price.

UPDATE: Famitsu (via Andriasang) has revealed the Japanese Ridge Racer Vita DLC schedule in full.

  • 22nd December: Visual Demo Appli, Music Pack 1 R4#1 and Music Pack 2 R4#2. These are all free. The Visual Demo Appli is the playable demo that was shown at E3 2011. The music packs include music from R4.
  • 12th January: Music Pack 3 Ridge Racer V #1, Music Pack 4 Ridge Racers #1 -- Free (Ridge Racers is the name of the first PSP Ridge Racer game)
  • 19th January: Music Pack 5 Ridge Racers #2 -- Free
  • 26th January: Music Pack 6 Ridge Racers #3 -- Free
  • 2nd February: Music Pack 7 Ridge Racer 6 #1 -- Free
  • 9th February: Music Pack 8 Ridge Racer 6 #2 -- Free
  • 16th February: Ridge Racer Pass. Priced 1,600, this lets you purchase all the download content that will be released between February and May. Through 29th February, this will be discounted to 1,000.
  • 23rd February: Car 1 Promessa, priced 250, and Course 1 Old Central, priced 400. These two will be free through 29th February. Also due on the 23rd is Music Pack 10 Ridge Racer 7 #1, also free.
  • 3rd March: Cars 2 to 4, priced 250 each, and Course 2 and 3, priced 400 each. Music Pack 11 to 15, available for free. A "Medley" will also be released, priced 100.
  • April to May: Cars 5 to 8, priced 250 each, and Course 4 to 6 priced 400, Music Pack 16 to 19 free, and New Song Pack 2 and Medley 2 for 100 each.

ORIGINAL STORY: Ridge Racer Vita only has three courses and five cars to choose from - but you can add to that, for a price.

Fans were angered last week after it emerged that the Vita game, to be sold at a reduced price tag, only includes a handful of cars and tracks.

Publisher Namco Bandai promised to beef up the offering with downloadable content - now we know you'll have to pay for it.

Japanese magazine Famitsu (translated by Andriasang) reveals Namco Bandai plans weekly DLC for Ridge Racer Vita. This includes a free DLC music pack featuring music from past Ridge Racer games.

Premium DLC begins in mid-February. 23rd February sees the release of at least one car 250 (2) and one course 400 (3.30).

In March three cars and two courses will release. These do not have a price. And April and May will see four cars and three courses launch.

Namco Bandai will bundle some of the DLC together. A pack with all the DLC through to May will launch on 16th Feb for 1600 (13.20).

Ridge Racer Vita carries a reduced 3980 (around 33) price tag, knocked down further to 2980 (around 25) for all digital purchases before 31st March. The majority of boxed Vita titles will sell for 4980 (around 41) in Japan.

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