Codies Racing Line: March 25, 2021
Apologies, dear reader. Usually by the time we write this pithy introduction to the Racing Line, we’ve received detailed notes from the Codemasters team on all the big news, reveals and info we’ll be bringing you below. So far, though, nothing has come through. Perhaps there’s just no news to bring you for once.
Wait, hold the phone – there’s a new email in the inbox! Let’s have a look.
Right, there’s no time to lose. Turns out we have a lot to get through, beginning with news on our amplified off-road racer turning itself up to 11…
Well, where do we begin?
Ah, yes, let’s kick off with the small matter of DIRT 5’s next major update, hot off the presses. The Uproar Content Pack and FREE Update 4.00 launch on March 30, adding a stacked list of new goodies for all players, as well as exclusives for Amplified/Year One Edition players.
For the Uproar pack, four legendary cars from DiRT: Showdown have been restored and readied for action in DIRT 5, alongside more Career events, new Achievements/Trophies, fresh liveries and much more. Check out our announcement post to sneak a first look at it all:
🔊 NEW DIRT 5 CONTENT 🔊
The Uproar Content Pack launches March 30 with legendary DiRT: Showdown cars, new Career events, extra achievements and more!
Plus: FREE UPDATE ⤵️
🎊 ‘After Dark’ Playgrounds
🎊 Private lobbies
🎊 Iconic liveries
— DIRT (@dirtgame) March 25, 2021
Alongside the pack will be a free update for all players which, by popular demand, includes the addition of private race lobbies for Online! More iconic liveries will be added, along with the new Verified Creators feature for Playgrounds, rewarding the best custom arena creators with an exclusive verified tick.
Between now and March 30, we have a huge amount of goodies to show you from the upcoming update, including gameplay, new screenshots and more. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to DIRT’s YouTube channel, to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Wait, you thought that was it? Come on now, you know us better than that! Earlier this week we also kicked off DIRT 5’s launch on Google Stadia, with the Standard Edition available to play now! A Year One Edition and relevant upgrade item will also be available on Stadia soon, entitling players to all post-launch content. Full details on the release are right here.
Okay, now that’s it for our DIRT 5 round-up. See you next week for launch day folks.
This weekend the F1® season starts in Bahrain, and I can’t wait to see what happens as the drivers head out on track for the first time in 2021. What are your season predictions? I’d love to hear how you think the season will go!
Earlier this week, we released Patch 1.17 on all platforms – you can find the patch notes and everything you need right here. If you’ve got any questions, something’s not quite right, or you want to say hello, come and visit us on the Forums.
Podium Pass Series Five
Podium Pass Series Five is live in F1® 2020 right now, and there are 30 new levels of free and VIP items for you to unlock, as well as a new feature for this series: Prestige. We know some of you like the challenge of getting to the top tiers, which gives you the opportunity to earn rewards beyond the heights of Tier 30! Check out the trailer below:
Excited? Take a closer look at what’s new in this series in our blog post.
We’re celebrating the start of Podium Pass Series Five with a competition! If you want to be in with a chance of winning 10,000 PitCoins, this is for you. All you need to do is use Photo Mode, capturing your team’s car around the Bahrain International Circuit, and post it on our Forums with a caption.
You can find out more here – you have until 1st April 2021 to get your entries in!
Raise The Game for Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice
Birmingham St. Mary’s hospice provides support free of charge to people and their families living with life-limiting illness across the area and is close to the F1® game studio’s hearts. Lockdown restrictions have meant they’ve been unable to run physical events over the last 12 months, and relying on virtual events to raise essential funds has been crucial in maintaining this support.
This is why this month, we’re supporting their ‘Raise Your Game’ campaign – challenging you to lap as fast as you can around the Bahrain International Circuit on F1® 2020 between 25th – 31st March 2021. If you want to get involved, post your lap on social media using the hashtag ‘#F1RaiseYourGame’, and we’ll be giving out prizes to the best ones!
See you next time,
PROJECT CARS 3
Welcome racers to the Project CARS corner of the Racing Line. Can you believe March is nearly over? Time is such a weird concept, but then again, that’s what we use to determine who’s the fastest around the track, so it must be a good thing. Speaking of being the fastest…
The end of the month means your cumulative results for this month’s Rivals Challenge will soon be added up. Depending on where you qualify in the overall leaderboards for each challenge, cash and experience points rewards will be handed out. So, don’t forget to check the in-game Rivals Mode tab to claim your rewards.
Are you a coffee or tea drinker? I personally prefer coffee, but whichever you choose, it will make a nice companion for some reading material from us. Get the kettle on and settle down for a few minutes while catching up on our most recent Driving Seat blog post. And once you’re done with that, head here to learn more about the legendary Imola circuit.
In case you missed it, the latest content pack for Project CARS 3 was released earlier this month. Dubbed the Power Pack, it features four JDM cars including the one-off Nissan Z Proto, which has made quite a splash in the motoring press since it made its official debut in Project CARS 3. Head over to the digital storefront of your choice to grab the latest pack, and see for yourself what all the fuss is about. If you already own the Season Pass, then this is already yours!
That’s it from me this week. Come hang out with the rest of the community on our Discord server and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Project CARS 3 news by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the Project CARS website.
F1® MOBILE RACING
It’s almost here, people! The new season of F1 on your TV, with an official F1 game in your hands to keep you occupied until those red lights go out, and after the chequered flag. What more could you want?
Whilst we can’t wait for the 2021 season to get going, F1® Mobile Racing players have been busy all year with live events and competitive action. Right now, you can take part in the Spring Warmup event, with big rewards on the line. Keen to take part, but want a few tips on how to race like the fastest drivers? Earlier this month we caught up with Matteo Pagliani, the inaugural F1® Mobile Racing Esports Championship winner, to find out more about his road to glory and racing style. Check out the interview here – and enjoy this weekend’s action!
ANY OTHER BUSINESS?
– We’d like to offer our thoughts to the family of friends of Sabine Schmitz, who sadly passed away earlier this month. Sabine was an icon in the racing world not just for her extreme talent behind the wheel of cars in multiple disciplines, but her incredible charisma, personality and positivity, which shone through on television and across paddocks around the world. Rest in peace, and thank you, Sabine.
– Time to take control of the some of the world’s fastest cars – any time, any place, and with the press of your thumb. Project CARS GO is the new mobile title from Slightly Mad Studios, available to download now! One-touch racing allows you to master real-world circuits with incredible cars, with competitive racing and an array of customisation options. Play today on Android and iOS.