Third Closed Beta for Highly Anticipated Arcade Racing Game Kartrider Drift Now Live

Upcoming action-packed kart-racer KartRider Drift is offering players a taste of the high-speed thrills to come with its third Closed Beta Testing period “Test Drive,” live now through Wednesday, Dec. 15. Selected racers can join the action on PC, Xbox One and, for the first time ever, PlayStation® 4.


During the “Test Drive” period, players worldwide will have the opportunity to burn rubber in two different modes: “Item Mode” and “Speed Mode.” For players wanting to team up with friends, “Item Mode” provides the perfect setup in which racers are allotted two items each to attack opposing teams or defend their allies. Racers with a need-for-speed can compete in the “Speed Mode,” during which they’ll need to use both fast-reaction skills and strategy to earn and use boost items to blast ahead of the competition.

Players can expect the following content during the “Test Drive” period:
  • “Item Mode” and “Speed Mode”
  • “Driving Assistance” system to assist new racers who are unfamiliar with the controls
    • Includes “Driving Direction” to ensure players know which direction to drive and “Track Guidelines” to show players the ideal path on each track
  • Tutorials for first-time racers, led by the friendly in-game companion, Joy
  • Seven playable characters, each with a variety of wearable outfits
  • Over 20 karts to choose from with customizable components such as front, side and rear parts, wheels, license plates and balloons etc.
  • Livery system which provides more detailed customization, including color, pattern, wraps and decals
    • Players can choose from existing options or create their own custom designs
  • 17 new tracks, including village, forest, mine, desert and Moonhill City themes
  • “License Mode” missions where players can improve their driving and drifting skills across a diverse range of in-game missions
Interested racers who missed the registration window need not worry, as an additional registration period is also now open until 1 a.m. UTC on Monday, Dec. 13. Selected players will be announced at 9 a.m. UTC the same day.

To celebrate the upcoming Closed Beta period, all participants who log into the game and create a racer name will receive a “Pit Chief Brodi” costume which will be sent to their Nexon account at the official launch. Players can join in the action from Thursday, Dec. 9 (00:00 UTC) through Wednesday, Dec. 15 (13:00 UTC). Racers on Xbox One and PS4 must link their Nexon account to participate.

This Closed Beta test will focus on verifying the technical stability of PC and console play, as well as accessibility, specifically for new racers adapting to the gameplay and controls.

KartRider: Drift is an upcoming multiplayer kart racing party game, taking inspiration from earlier titles in the franchise, delivering drift-fueled racing action and featuring multiple game modes and deep player-created kart and character customization. KartRider: Drift offers free-to-play online cross-platform play and progression to challenge friends.

About NEXON Co. Ltd.

Founded in 1994, NEXON Co., Ltd. (Nexon) (3659.TO) is a company engaged in the production, development and operation of online games and Virtual Worlds. First listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in December 2011, Nexon was placed on JPX400 in 2015 and added to the Nikkei Stock Index 300 in 2017. In 2020, Nexon was added to the Nikkei 225. Nexon currently has more than 50 live games on multiple platforms including mobile and available in more than 190 countries. Major game franchises include MapleStory, KartRider and Dungeon&Fighter.