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Ridge Racer 6 for 360 launch?

Start your engines, folks…

Ridge Racer 6 may see a surprise launch alongside Microsoft's Xbox 360, according to Namco's updated U.S release calendar slotting the game in for an autumn 2005 date.

The newest installment of the arcade racing series had no official launch date set after it was confirmed for Microsoft's next generation machine, but speculation persisted that the company was pushing Namco for the title to line-up with the arrival of Xbox 360.

The Ridge Racer franchise has been a mainstay for Sony's PlayStation format since 1994 after a previously successful stint in video arcades. A launch on Xbox 360 would be an obvious coup for Microsoft, but there's still no confirmation that the game's exclusive.

Other significant titles to feature in Namco's line-up include We Love Katamari, (September, no UK date) and Soul Calibur III (October for US and UK), both on PlayStation 2.

Namco's full 2005 line-up in the U.S:

PlayStation 2 Lineup

  • Namco Museum 50th Anniversary - August 30
  • Sniper Elite - September
  • Urban Reign - September
  • We Love Katamari - September
  • Soul Calibur III - October 25
  • Pac-Man World 3 - November
  • Payout Poker and Casino - November
  • Moto GP4 - Fall
  • Tales of Legendia - February 2006

Xbox Lineup

  • Namco Museum 50th Anniversary - August 30
  • Sniper Elite - September
  • Pac-Man World 3 - November
  • Payout Poker and Casino - November

Xbox 360 Lineup

  • Frame City Killer - Fall
  • Ridge Racer 6 - Fall

GameCube Lineup

  • Hello Kitty Roller Rescue - August 16
  • Namco Museum 50th Anniversary - August 30
  • Pac-Man World 3 - November

Nintendo DS Lineup

  • Pac 'n Roll - August 23
  • Dig Dug Digging Strike - October
  • Real Time Conflict: Shogun Empires - October

PSP Lineup

  • Namco Museum Battle Collection - August
  • Bounty Hounds - October
  • Pac-Man World 3 - November
  • Payout Poker and Casino - November

Game Boy Advance Lineup

  • Gumby vs. the Astrobots - August 9
  • Sigma Star Saga - August 16
  • Namco Museum 50th Anniversary - August 30
  • The Berenstain Bearsand the Spooky Old Tree - September
  • Rebelstar: Tactical Command - September
  • Atomic Betty - November

PC Lineup

  • Namco Museum 50th Anniversary - September
  • Sniper Elite - September
  • Pac-Man World 3 - November
  • Payout Poker and Casino - November
  • Mage Knight: Apocalypse - Spring 2006
  • Hellgate: London - TBA

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