Ridge Racer Unbounded has been delayed by four weeks and will now be released at the end of March.
Namco Bandai’s move may be following Capcom’s lead, who delayed Asura’s Wrath by two weeks “due to the uncertainty of the UK retail market”. With UK retailer GAME’s financial problems particularly prevalent, Unbounded’s later launch could potentially allow for a stronger reception from audiences if GAME can recover quickly.
This delay alternatively provides Namco Bandai with a chance to polish the title further, with a statement to Eurogamer claiming “The development team felt they needed a little bit of extra time to optimise the game.”
Ridge Racer Unbounded will be released on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, and is expected to alter its traditional drift-based style to a more street-racer approach.