KartRider: Drift Enters Worldwide Closed Beta Today!

KartRider: Drift, the highly anticipated kart racing game revealed recently at X019, begins Closed Beta testing today on Steam, Nexon Launcher, and Xbox One, including Xbox One X. Players accepted into the Closed Beta can enter starting Thursday, December 5 at 5pm PST until Sunday, December 8 at 5 pm PST.

During the Closed Beta period, players will get to choose from different characters such as Dao, Bazzi, Brodi, and an array of colorful kart options. As players enter the Closed Beta, they will enjoy customizing their characters and karts with different boosters, wheel types, and more showing off their personality as they cross the finish line.

Three specific game modes will be made available during the Closed Beta test period including Speed Mode, Item Mode and Time Attack Mode.

  • Speed Mode is a highly competitive mode within the game that prepares players for the art and skill of drifting.
  • Item Mode is perfect for new players looking to familiarize themselves with the controls as they use various items in order to get ahead of opponents within the race, including objects such as mines, clouds, UFOs and more.
  • Time Attack Mode is for players looking to improve their time and skills as they race against their own shadow to beat their previous record.

Originally launched in 2004, KartRider is a massively popular kart racing game developed by Nexon, which has since generated over 380 million players on PC in Asia. Making its debut to global audiences, KartRider: Drift is a cross-platform free-to-play game available on Steam, Nexon Launcher, and Xbox One, including Xbox One X. The game allows players to race, compete against one another, and customize characters and karts.

KartRider: Drift Closed Beta will be available across different regions worldwide, including North America, Europe, Oceania, and Korea. For console players, KartRider: Drift will be available everywhere with the exception of Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan.

Interested content creators who are looking to stream KartRider: Drift on their channels can join the Pit Crew program, which encourages streaming, playing, and creating content around the anticipated racing game. For more information and eligibility requirements, follow this link.

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About KartRider: Drift

Launched in 2004, KartRider is a massively popular multiplayer racing franchise that boasts more than 380 million PC players. Making its debut to western audiences, KartRider: Drift takes inspiration from earlier iterations of the game, delivering drift-fueled racing action, featuring different game modes, and deep customization. Available on Steam, Nexon Launcher, and Xbox One, including Xbox One X, KartRider: Drift offers cross-platform capabilities to challenge friends regardless of the platform they choose.

About Nexon America Inc.

Nexon America, a subsidiary of NEXON Co., Ltd. (“Nexon”) (3659.TO), is a global leader in online games, with more than 100 live games operated across more than 190 countries. Nexon pioneered micro-transactions and the free-to-play business model, and is widely credited with unmatched global expertise in sophisticated live game operations, nurturing player communities, and for sustaining titles for years, even decades. Founded in Korea in 1994, the company is now headquartered in Japan and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. In 2017, Nexon was placed on the Nikkei Stock Index 300.