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Codies Racing Line – April 16, 2020

Hey everyone – welcome to the latest edition of the Racing Line! We’ve stopped picking up chocolate eggs at a sensationally low post-Easter price to bring you the next fortnightly update on all things Codemasters.

We hope everyone is still keeping safe, well and happy in the current climate. We’re thrilled to see many of you using Codemasters games as a tool to stay entertained and occupied at home. As grateful as we are for you playing with us, we’re equally grateful to the entire Codies team, continuing to push forward and give you more of what you want. Speaking of which…

A new content drop, more esports action, and the small matter of a brand new game reveal are the headline acts for the latest Racing Line. Buckle up – this one’s a doozy.

 

F1

Hey there,

A lot has happened since our last Racing Line! In case you missed yesterday’s news – we announced F1 2020 to the world! We’ve been so excited about this behind the scenes, and you can read why in our news story right here!

We’ve introduced a brand-new mode to F1 2020: ‘My Team’, where you’ll be able to create your own team and take your place alongside the 2020 line-up. F1 2020 also has two-player split-screen, more customisable options (especially for those of you who have previously found F1 games difficult to play), and shorter career lengths, if you want them.

We haven’t finished there: you’ll be able to drive as the legendary Michael Schumacher himself in four of his most iconic cars in the Michael Schumacher Deluxe Edition. We know you’re itching to know what those cars are! They are: 1991 Jordan 191, 1994 Benetton B194, 995 Benetton B195, and the 2000 Ferrari F1-2000 (yes, that Jordan – just look at it!):

Read all about it here and catch the announcement trailer below:

This weekend, we’ll once again see F1 drivers battle against each other in a Virtual GP, this time around the Shanghai International Circuit. Charles Leclerc will be looking for victory once again, as he takes on fellow drivers George Russell, Antonio Giovinazzi, Lando Norris, Alex Albon, and Nicholas Latifi. You will NOT want to miss it! The fun will start on F1.com, F1’s YouTube, Twitch and Facebook from 18:00 BST (17:00 UTC) on Sunday, April 19! See you there.

– Jenny

 

GRID

Not much has been going on this week in the world of GRID. It’s not like we dropped six brand new cars, a new circuit, or new achievements. Hah, we got you – turns out that’s exactly what we did!

GRID Season 3 released this week across Xbox One, PS4, and PC via Steam. Players are already getting stuck into the 33 new Career events, many of which are on the new Suzuka Circuit. The six new cars are racking up the miles too. Have you got a favourite out of the Koenigsegg Jesko, Koenigsegg Agera, Ferrari FXX-K Evo, Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, Honda NSX-GT, and the Nissan GT-R Racing Car (GT500 Spec)?

If you want to read all about Season 3 and what has made it so special for the fans and the GRID team, then take a look at our ‘deep-dive’ blog post. The GRID team go into the reasons behind the choices made with Season 3 and how you can make the most out of your time with GRID.

We aren’t done with GRID just yet, so make sure you stay involved in the discussion over on the GRID Forums or on our official Discord.

– James

 

DIRT RALLY 2.0

Hello DiRT fans – here’s a quick overview of what’s been going down these past few weeks:

The Solberg World Cup is underway. A few weeks ago professional rally driver Oliver Solberg created a Club to rally around Argentina, and the response was immense with over 4,000 people joining. Following the success of that, his team got busy and have come up with something even bigger: The Solberg World Cup.

The Solberg World Cup is a six-event Clubs championship with some big prizes on the line. How big? Well, ever fancied being a real rally driver for a day? We thought so. Head on over here for all the info and get rallying. If you’re reading this blog post the week it goes live, you still have time to finish the Monte Carlo Event before Sweden takes over.

Next up, this Sunday our friends at the FIA World Rallycross Championship and Motorsport Network are getting together to hose a rallycross extravaganza, as the World RX Esports Invitational kicks off. Billed as a replacement event to the now-postponed World RX of Catalunya, the Invitational brings together famous rallycross stars, top qualifiers and special guests for a day of action.

To top it all off, we’ve got World RX broadcast faces Andrew Coley and Neil Cole on commentary, so (in Andrew’s words) it’s going to be MEGA. The show gets underway at 14.00 UK time (13.00 UTC) on Sunday afternoon, and you can see the whole thing on the World RX YouTube channel.

In April we saw a whole bunch of people pick up DiRT Rally 2.0 for the first time, both through the Game of the Year Edition release and other activities. If you’re one of these, here are a few handy links to get you started:

YouTube – DiRT Rally School
YouTube – Controller Settings Guide
Forums – New Player Guide

That’s it from me – catch you all soon.

– PJ

 

F1® MOBILE RACING

We’ve been keeping as close an eye on the recent F1 2020 game reveal and are just as excited as you! As long-time players of F1® Mobile Racing will know, this week’s announcement means there’s more very exciting news on the way regarding our free-to-play official F1 game.

As for the present, the Spring Warmup event has wrapped up with the action as competitive as ever. We’ve kept up the pace with a new limited-time event opening earlier this week: the America Tour!

The four-race event see us head west and tackle the fierce F1 circuits situated in North America and South America. Kick things off at COTA and finish up in Interlagos in our latest GP Event that offers big rewards to the top drivers. Good luck!

– Chris

ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

  • New to Codemasters games? Seen our titles in recent live events and want to try for yourself? Take our latest console game for a test drive, with free trials available for GRID, F1 2019 and DiRT Rally 2.0.
  • We’re continuing the #CodiesColouringBook with some more screenshots for everyone to colour in! With the first images published in the previous Racing Line, we’ve taken shots from Codemasters games and removed all colour, giving any fidgety folks at home something to do in their spare time. Print off the images below, share your designs, and keep watching our social channels and the Racing Line for more.

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