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Codies Racing Line – February 6, 2020

Congratulations everyone. Give yourselves a pat on the back. By hook or by crook, you made it through the cold, bleak, 67-day month known as January.

Kicking off a fresh year is rarely easy, but we got through it together – probably aided by some sweet racing titles to speed you through January. Whether you were overcoming Nemeses in GRID, rising above your rivals in F1 2019, dominating Duels in F1® Mobile Racing, or nailing that “fourleftlongovercresttightensbankcambercautiontightensdontcutTHREEoverbridge” in DiRT Rally 2.0, we salute you for making it February. Your reward? Another bumper Racing Line, as we keep things in a high gear with all the big Codies titles.

This time round, it’s just the two major content update announcements, important patch news, and multiple in-game event announcements to report on for this fortnight’s Racing Line. No biggie.

 

GRID

To paraphrase a truly iconic trio of artists… we don’t think you’re ready for this.

Last week we revealed Season 2 for GRID, featuring the Track Day Supercars pack and so much more, launching February 12. As well as telling all on the Codies Blog and social channels, we sat down with Red Bull Games to give them the low-down on the next big expansion to our #LikeNoOther racer.

Season 2 is GRID’s biggest content update for the game since launch. Alongside technical improvements and community-requested changes (including the option to extend race lengths in Career mode), we’re bringing six new cars, a new circuit, and over 30 new Career events in Season 2. All players will receive access to the Red Bull Ring circuit and two of the new cars, whilst Ultimate Edition players receive all that, plus the four machines in the Track Day Supercars pack, and the Career expansion. Head here for all the content details and more screenshots.

What’s that? Want to see more? How about all of that new content, smushed together into a handy showcase video of everything coming in Season 2? You’re in luck – keep it locked to GRID channels tomorrow at 2pm BST to see Season 2 in action. Finally, we’re sharing deeper details and getting set to organise some lobbies for Season 2 with our Discord members – join in the fun ahead of the big update next week.

– Chris 

 

DiRT RALLY 2.0

It’s DiRT time again – and if you missed our big news, where have you been?

Go FLAT OUT in March – With the Seasons over, fans have quite rightly wondered what’s next for DiRT Rally 2.0, and we’ve got one special treat to end the game’s content cycle with a bang.

25 years ago, Colin McRae wrote his name into the history books as a rally legend, and in 1998 Codemasters gave birth to the DiRT series with the release of the original Colin McRae Rally. In 2020, we celebrate Colin’s illustrious career and bravery with the Colin McRae: FLAT OUT Pack. Drive his SUBARU Impreza S4 Rally, the SUBARU Legacy RS and re-live his career highlights with 40 challenging Scenarios on March 24.

The best part? If you’ve been supporting DiRT Rally 2.0 by picking up any of the Seasons or Deluxe Editions, you’ll get this for FREE. Our FAQ covers the details on who gets what, and the pack will also be available individually.

Send it like Solberg(s) – Since we last spoke, the Solberg Livery Challenges have come and gone. Over the past two weekends we paid tribute to the past, present and future of the Solberg rallying dynasty by taking our favourite R5 cars around Wales and Monte Carlo, and everybody who entered got their very own Petter and Oliver Solberg liveries for the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. If you missed out on these, don’t worry: we’ll unlock the liveries for all players later this year.

The Season Finale – DiRT Rally 2.0 is almost a year old, and in that time the game has doubled in scale through the release of four Seasons of content.

Season 4, which focused on the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship, ended last week with the release of the MINI Cooper SX1, Renault Sport Clio R.S. RX and the Ford Fiesta Rallycross (STARD). From what players have been saying, the MINI seems to be the most popular, and is already making an impact on the Leaderboards. Can it beat the fan-favourite Renault Megane, or the championship contenders from Audi and Peugeot? That’s for you to decide.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to head back to my rig and drive a little faster. Not ready to challenge in-house experts Jon and Dan yet, but hopefully that comes with practice 😉

– PJ

 

F1 2019

Hey,

Welcome to this week’s Racing Line! It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the world of F1 2019, so let’s jump straight into it…

Last week, patch 1.20 was released on all platforms, which included further tweaks to the game’s Safety Car system. You can check out the full patch notes right here. Not only that, but we also released a deep dive into some of the features added to the latest patch. You can take a read of these here – after that, why not stick around on the Forums and tell us what you think?

Reading this but haven’t tried F1 2019 yet? You’re in luck – not only are there free trials available on PS4 and Xbox, but there’s also 50% off right now on Steam. If you’re taking a run through for the first time, you can check out our guide for how to get started,  as well as our guide on getting to grips with F2™.

– Jenny

F1® MOBILE RACING

Hold tight, everyone – we’ve almost made it to the next update for our free-to-play official F1 game, for iOS and Android, and it’s the perfect way to get through the F1 off-season!

From the next update, we’ve lined up a bunch of brand new GP Events and further additions to keep the action going all the way through the colder months. From community-picked scenarios, to unique car setup challenges, to much more, expect some GP Events you’ve never seen before, with more major prizes up for grabs.

We’re also making more visual and technical improvements to keep F1®  Mobile Racing at the front of the pack for handheld racers, running more in-game Shop offers, and giving you more ways to play and enjoy – whenever, wherever. Not a bad way to tick off the days before the new F1 season, right?

 

– Chris 

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

  • How do you do, fellow kids? Codemasters is now on TikTok! We’re dipping toes into a new platform to interact with players and share some cool, interesting or downright silly stuff for you all to check out. Our first video covers how things can go spectacularly wrong in rallying if your driver and co-driver aren’t quite up to scratch…
  • We’re delighted to be keeping up with the pace with the Codemasters Racing Ahead program – our way of bringing talented creators into the Codies fold, allowing them to create unique and exclusive content, and giving everyone a new way to experience our games. The likes of Jimmy BroadbentGameRiot and plenty more have been receiving their welcome gifts, and we can’t wait to create great things with all of them. Keen to be a part of Racing Ahead but haven’t signed up yet? Keep an eye on Codemasters channels for news in the near-future on how you can get involved.
  • This past weekend, the Codemasters team had a blast over at the Interactive Futures events in Leamington Spa. A perfect place to build networks in the gaming industry and check out the latest development and technical insights, we met plenty of current and future talents. Our GRID Playseat was also a big hit, as attendees burned some rubber and laid down times for us to beat.

 

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