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ModNation Racers: Naughty Dog’s Ride, Online Region Lock Removed

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Sr. Community Specialist & Game Designer, San Diego Studio

Today’s edition kicks off the with some love from our friends from Naughty Dog. Their Artist Spotlight hit PSN a bit ago, but we wanted to feature it on the PlayStation.Blog to commemorate the release of the official Nathan Drake Mod and Kart AND the release of the Artist Spotlight content you saw in previous videos. Be sure to tune into ModNation Monday next week as a “very special” guest gets The Spotlight!

‘Till then, read on and keep on racing!

Artist Spotlight: Naughty Dog

The team at Naughty Dog are no strangers to blockbuster franchises. They’ve been responsible for some of the biggest titles on every PlayStation console including the Crash Bandicoot series, Jak and Daxter, and most recently Uncharted. They are no strangers to racing either, Crash Team Racing defined Kart racing on the PlayStation and Jak X Combat Racing (PS2) was an adrenaline ride for all Jak fans. We were excited to see what Naughty Dog’s top designers thought once they got their hands on ModNation Races and see them work their magic and get “Un-Karted”.

Download Artist Spotlight Content Today!

Visit PSN ID: ArtistSpotlight1 and get some of the great creations you’ve seen on past Artist Spotlight videos!

Remember Sucker Punch’s Empire City Track?

How about those sick Mods and Karts designed by Huck Gee and Jessie Hernandez?

You want drive as Sully in the track that Naughty Dog made?

Collect them all!

Sucker Punch Creations

Cole (Mod)
Ray Sphere (Kart)
Return to Empire City (Track)

Naughty Dog Creations

Victor Sullivan (Mod)
Sully’s Sweet Ride (Kart)
Uncarted (Track)

Huck Gee Creations

Skullhead Final (Mod)
Chief2 (Mod)
Tagg (Mod)
Skullburner Final (Kart)
Skullbagged V1 (Kart)

Jesse Hernandez Creations

Dragon Kid (Mod)
Minotaur2 (Mod)
Chief3 (Mod)
Dragon Kid Ride (Kart)

Drive as Drake or Woody today!

The wait is over! The Nathan Drake Mod and Kart pack ($1.99) will have you racing through ModNation Racers on a mission to find “uncharted” paths on your way to the checkered flag!

Woody joins the race today as well as either a stand alone Mod, Kart or bundle. Complete with different accessories you can use for your own custom creations! Don’t mess with Woody and his souped up Golf Kart. Whether on the fairway or on the race track, this guy likes to “drive”!

ModNation Racers: Nathan Drake

RACE THE WORLD! (aka Region Lock Removed)

If you haven’t heard yet, we have removed the region lock in the 1.04 update that is available now. That means you can invite friends to race all around the world to a Casual Race or XP Race! Now find out who the best kart racer is in the world!

ModNation Creations of the Week

Amazing creations in ModNation get shared every day and we are playing a ton of them. If you are interested in submitting your mod, kart or track to be a future “creation” of the week, be sure to visit up on the official ModNation Community site and who knows? You might see your handy work on the PlayStation.Blog.

Mod of the Week

Mod Name: GrimReaper
Creator: F1re_Fli3

ModNation Racers: GrimReaper

Kart of the Week

Kart Name: Electro
Creator: F1re_Fli3

ModNation Racers: Electro Kart

Tracks of the Week

If you have a video(s) of your track submit them to MNR’s YouTube channel ( and we will include them in the blog if your track is showcased.

Track Name: Burning Track
Created by: Stitchless

ModNation Racers: Burning Track

ModNation Racers: Burning Track 2 ModNation Racers: Burning Track 3

Stitchless says “These farms used to be lush and productive, but now thanks to the infamous Crop Demon, they are dangerously close to being caught a blaze. Be careful as you race around this track…”

Track Name: Alien All Star (v2)
Created by: daaa57150

ModNation Racers: Alien All Star

ModNation Racers: Alien All Star 2 ModNation Racers: Alien All Star 3

daaa57150 says “In an alternate future, humans started colonizing other planets and built a space base. Hearing about this, the ModNation officials decided to organize a championship. The track is relatively easy to comprehend, being of medium-long size. It took me 52s for a lap in a time trial race.”

Track Name: University Challenge
Created by: atheistsw

ModNation Racers: University Challenge

ModNation Racers:University Challenge 2 ModNation Racers: University Challenge 3

atheistsw says “The ModNation comes to the picturesque European town of Zetterberg, home of one of the region’s leading universities. The university, to celebrate its 250th anniversary, graciously allowed a race through the grounds of the historic site. The race organizers extended the route along the lakeside and through the neighboring village. Just for kicks, they opted to race along the old rooftops as well!”

Hot Lap Roster for this week

Continuing with the trend we started weeks ago, this week’s Hot Lap roster features all-new community created tracks.

Monday: The Greek Isles, by Vincent-Maurice
Tuesday: Pyramid Rift, by C_Smith
Wednesday: Burning Track, by Stitchless
Thursday: The Italian Job, by atheistsw
Friday: city hopper, by pikminenco
Saturday: Mystery Track
Sunday: Mystery Track

Add Your Own

cebackes said:

September 23rd, 12:07 pm



September 23rd, 12:16 pm

5 out of 5 stars for removing region lock!!

Lowrent said:

September 23rd, 12:18 pm

Any plan to make the game load even faster ?

EatDeath said:

September 23rd, 12:24 pm

Is there going to be a Modnation Racers Dynamic theme?

omracer said:

September 23rd, 12:27 pm

The one pack that Naughty Dog would be loved by nearly everyone is a Crash Team Racing DLC for Modnation Racers. Yes theres some replicas of some of the courses made already but we all have a want for offical ports of the courses, weapons and offical Crash Character Mods.

But its up to Sony as if that happens

CitizenInsane27 said:

September 23rd, 12:44 pm

I want to pick this game up guys, I really do. But playing it a month or so ago, I was particularly turned off by the load times, and my buddy was kind enough to hang on to the game via Gamefly long enough for me to see the patch that was supposed to alleviate that, but to my surprise, nothing big was changed. I would like to see more streamlining done to the engine to actually dramatically bring those down. That’s really my biggest gripe. That and the game needs a better tutorial. Took me forever to figure out how the shield worked.

Well, I hope you good luck with continued success of MNR, but please bring those load times down.

Spinout209 said:

September 23rd, 12:48 pm

Question about Region Lock being removed: If you join a random XP Race or XP Series will you be paired up with people from across the world?

Tecnoboy1 said:

September 23rd, 1:07 pm

Great to see the artist spotlight stuff released!

Silen7in said:

September 23rd, 1:08 pm

Love ModNation, love UFG, love Naughty Dog + love Sucker Punch :D Soooo awesome great work and these videos are great thanks guys for such awesome games (modnation, uncharted 1 +2, inFamous + soon to be second :) all AWESOME

moriarty1975 said:

September 23rd, 1:12 pm

Will E.U be getting drake next week?

RockToonz said:

September 23rd, 1:20 pm

The Load time is not issue right now… im ok with the load time because there are lot of stickers that are loading…

RockToonz said:

September 23rd, 1:21 pm

and the loading time is already reduce… i think 8-10 secs before loading ends now.. sometimes even faster… and i am happy with that

RockToonz said:

September 23rd, 1:29 pm

i thought drake will be available on pre-ordering it so my drake will not be rare now… sigh… failed…

korchie44 said:

September 23rd, 1:44 pm

Thank you sooo much for removing the region lock!

I know it takes time.. but we do really appreciate that you guys at PS and UFG are listening to the community and making improvements :).

B-Real206 said:

September 23rd, 2:26 pm


JAk_HAk said:

September 23rd, 3:51 pm

Cool. Would have liked to hear about Track Packs as DLC, but this is good too. I’d almost forgotten we were still waiting for ND’s spotlight. Too bad there aren’t official Jak, Daxter, Crash (and gang) karts!

prcrew_zone said:

September 23rd, 3:57 pm

hey guys everytime im trying to download a track or mod i lost connection with the servers and his is happenig to a lot of my friends also. So please if u can do something about it it will be gratefull. thanks

judalation said:

September 23rd, 4:15 pm

Mod naction Rocks and so does Uncharted! could the two colaborate in the future???

nYcFrEeWiLL82 said:

September 23rd, 4:16 pm

thank you Naughty Dogs for hookin us up with the Drake and his ride..and a FREE TRACK…nex dev..Santa Monica..with a GOD OF WAR TRACK ;p

megaFdeth said:

September 23rd, 5:33 pm

All I have to do is add ArtistSpotlight1 to my friends to get all these goodies???

I tried to do something like that a while ago to get the Kevin Butler track, kart and mod, with no luck… :(


September 23rd, 5:36 pm

the nose on the sully mod looks very awkward to me

CAPNDigital said:

September 23rd, 5:44 pm

ModNation Thursday????

Anyways, Ramone:
There is (for the second week in a row)
NO WOODY or GOLF CART to purchase in the Playstation Store!

What’s up with that????
Also, searches still causes disconnects for quite a few players…

Kenshin71 said:

September 23rd, 6:29 pm

Excellent news. Despite loving the look of the game I haven’t bought it because of the online region lock as a lot of my friends are overseas. Consider it bought.

retro25 said:

September 23rd, 7:28 pm

So when is the Gopher Mod and kart be releasing and will you guys be able to give us a Mod and Kart kit to create awsome creations even more?

pm41224 said:

September 23rd, 7:43 pm


jacob-813 said:

September 23rd, 8:37 pm

Finally. A Nate mod and kart. I tried adding artist spotlight 1 to my friends but it had to many friends.

RockToonz said:

September 23rd, 9:01 pm

i have a question who created the uncharted track? because there are lots of uncharted tracks i need the name of creator

DieUnbeliever said:

September 23rd, 9:57 pm



And @4, there is a dynamic theme! -_-

RichieAppel said:

September 23rd, 10:57 pm

2nd week in a row that gopher doesn’t go up.

Apanator said:

September 24th, 12:04 am

You should remove region codes for Uncharted 2 also! I want to buy DLC!

XxT_I_K_IxX_PR said:

September 24th, 5:12 am

That mod is weak imo… in how much time did the creator made it like in 3 minutes? -_-

pitythefool852 said:

September 24th, 10:19 am


That’s great, kind developer people.

I’d love to see the dynamic theme on my local (Hong Kong) store too :D

Now all we need is Snow, Space, and Volcano levels :D :D

BalramRules said:

September 24th, 12:41 pm

modnation racers iz epic, itz a pitty i aint bought it =(
i bought uc2 instead XD

Elnath10 said:

September 24th, 1:43 pm

Ramone, what’s up with the Woody Gopher DLC?? is not in the store yet, only Nathan Drake. I thought the problems of putting it on the store were solved by now but I guess not :S

Can you tell us what is going on with this DLC and when is going to be available finally please??

Thanks, and keep the good work, removing region lock is great

CAPNDigital said:

September 24th, 5:29 pm

Ramone, UFG, Sony store, anybody…
Can you please update us on the status of Woody the Gopher and his amazing Golf Cart.
2 weeks he’s been promised and 2 weeks he’s not here…
But Nathan Drake gets posted and a patch released and still


Please don’t leave us hanging anymore.


Elnath10 said:

September 25th, 9:42 pm

still no reply about gopher…

midnight_heist said:

October 17th, 8:08 pm

Region lock removed!

Thanks guys! :D
Now I can play online with my US buddies.

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