For motorsport fans like us (and, we have to assume, yourself, dear reader), this truly is one of the most glorious times of the year. For weeks, we’ve been rationing on snippets of content like livery reveals, driver interviews and awkward GIF reactions. Now, though, we’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel, and another season of glorious racing across the globe awaits. Drink it in, team.
Whilst so many motorsport series and championships are just beginning to rev up, we’ve been full-throttle all winter long and have some huge announcements to make over the coming weeks and months. In fact, why wait? This week’s Racing Line has yet more news and talking points for you to chow down on. So, set aside that Excel spreadsheet of race start times and see what we’ve been up to in the past fortnight…
It’s an exciting time in the real world of F1, where the teams have been heading out for the first and second weeks of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. It’s been great seeing the new cars out on track, and the countdown is on until the season opener in Albert Park!
Patch 1.22 is now out on all platforms – if you want to read the notes for the latest F1 2019 patch you can right here. You can also check out our deep dive, and talk to us about this patch in our forums.
We’ve also been asking you for your favourite overtakes on F1 2019 on our social channels – this one from MEX_STAILO95 on Twitter really stood to us. Talk about threading the needle!
🔀🔀 This overtake is giving us a #FridayFeeling!
📽: MEX_STAILO95 on Twitter pic.twitter.com/UhmUWVIDlE
— Formula 1® Game (@Formula1game) February 28, 2020
Got a favourite overtake? Send them over to us at @formula1game! If, like us, you can’t wait for the season to start, you can whet your appetite with a free trial of F1 2019, available right now on PS4 and Xbox One.
Thank you all for the warm welcome as the new community manager on GRID. Chris has done a fantastic job up until now and whilst he’s moving onto a new project, we’re continuing to keep things moving here.
Since the last Racing Line, we’ve issued our first ‘Community Update’ featuring some quality of life improvements that you – our community – have been frequently requesting. To read the low-down on what’s been added, including multiplayer car tuning and in-game statistics, we’ve got you covered.
When it comes to feedback, feature requests or bugs with GRID, we’re always happy to hear from you in our General Discussion and Technical Assistance forums. There’s a handy guide for those looking to submit bugs – make sure you take a look before posting.
We’ve been sharing some of our favourite fan-made screenshots over on our social channels. Head to the screenshots and features thread (also on our forums!) and we might just do the same with yours.
There’s plenty more to come with GRID in the next few weeks including updates to the game on Stadia. Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for more info.
DIRT RALLY 2.0
Here’s a quick update on what’s been going on in the world of DiRT:
In February we released the DiRT Rally School, a handy resource for new and old players alike. Looking to learn more about the DiRT Rally games or brush up on your skills? Full series is available to watch on YouTube.
DiRT Rally 2.0 is one year old! In late February the game reached its first anniversary, and we’ve been on quite the journey since its release in 2019. How have things gone down in the past 12 months? Here’s the 2019 review, the World Series recap and the FLAT OUT announcement.
We got a BAFTA nomination! Earlier this week, DiRT Rally 2.0 was nominated as one of the best British-made games of 2019. There’s a ton of talent and skill in the games industry and that’s never more obvious than when award nomination lists are published. It’s an honour for everyone at Codemasters to be selected amongst the top talent in the industry and we’d like to extend a big thank you to all the DiRT fans around the world for your support. I guess it’s time to dust off the race suit and don the tux!
That’s it for now, but expect more DiRT news in the coming weeks as we prepare to go FLAT OUT. Your homework this week is to watch Top Gear’s emotional tribute to Colin McRae, which aired on Sunday.
F1 MOBILE RACING
Well, we did tell you something big was on the horizon!
Hot off the presses, the latest update for F1 Mobile Racing, our official free-to-play handheld F1 game, is now live on iOS and Android. On top of yet more improvements and optimisations, we’re bringing more of what you asked for – and something a little special.
The real-world F1 Testing sessions may have concluded in Catalunya, but ahead of some big changes for F1 Mobile Racing, we want YOU to take part in something very similar. Enter our brand new GP Event to try out the next generation of the game – racing the new 2020 car chassis, with new physics and a revamped R&D system. These changes add another layer of realism and tactics to F1 Mobile Racing, with car performance much more reliant on both pure driver skill and changes to your R&D setup. Getting the best lap times from a circuit will require a deep understanding of how R&D can be adjusted to suit different types of track, then extracting performance through smooth, precise racing. Enter the GP Event to try all this out before its full deployment in a later update – and we’ll be asking for your feedback to refine the changes before their full launch. Oh, and expect plenty of rewards for participating, of course…
Alongside our test session excitement, look out for more new GP Events arriving over the next few weeks, taking you across the globe with themed circuit lists. Also, make use of the Parts Recycling system to make use of those spare Parts and work on your perfect setup for the new season.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS?
- We’re right in the middle of National Careers Week – a week dedicated to encouraging the education sector and all companies to offer guidance and resources to young people leaving education, and stepping into the working world. Codemasters is always keen to recruit young talent across our entire team, but we know it’s not always easy for young people to know where to start when it comes to gaining the skills and processes for a successful application. So, every day this week until March 8, we’re sharing tips and insight from current Codemasters staff on our social channels, each linked to a current vacancy we’re hiring for. From Production, to QA, to Game Design, keep checking Codies channels every morning this week for a new role and quotes from a member of the team you would be joining. We hope the insight from our team helps young professionals map out their journey to a successful career!
- EGX Rezzed is just around the corner, taking place at the Tobacco Dock in London on March 26-28. A particularly racy panel will be taking place on the 26th at the EGX Theatre, with a clutch of key figures in racing games development coming together for a chat about the resurgence of racing games. Lee Mather, Game Director of our F1 series is on the panel to lend his insight and expertise, so make sure you grab a ticket or watch the show online. Full details on the panel are right here.
- Now that you’ve heard from all of us at the Codemasters community team, how about you join us for a little celebration? Tomorrow we’ll be broadcasting a stream of DiRT Rally 2.0 to cap the recent one-year anniversary of its launch! We took on each other in some Time Trial challenges across both Rally and Rallycross, and the results were… mixed. Here’s a glimpse of the top-notch driving ability you’ll see in the full video…