Codies Racing Line – April 2, 2020
Hey everyone. First things first, we hope you all are staying safe and well at home. Instinctively, you look for silver linings during difficult times, and there’s no doubt that gaming is a pretty darn shiny example of one right now.
From lap records to legendary speed-runs, we’ve seen you really dive into Codies games during this time, and it’s been awesome to watch. We’re also in awe of everybody representing Codemasters from home right now, adjusting and using initiative to keep pushing forward and help deliver those gaming experiences we enjoy. So, whether you’re playing our games, or contributing to them in any way: Thank you.
The result of all that awesomeness is an absolutely stacked Racing Line – our fortnightly round-up of all the Codemasters headlines. There’s a whole heap of news, big event recaps, and glimpses into what we’re working on right now. Plus, stick around to the end for something special, that might just keep the youngsters occupied whilst staying at home! Let’s go:
Since the last Racing Line, we’ve discovered just how good of an ear the GRID fans have. Last week, we posted numerous clips posing just one question: Can you name the car and track from just the sound alone? Sure, there was a video to go along with each roaring engine but the heavy blur would have taken out a lot of the guesswork.
Without fail, at least one person managed to guess both the car and the track on each of the seven clips we posted in the week. Bravo folks, bravo.
In fact, we liked the ‘Sound of the GRID’ challenge so much that we decided to take it one step further…
Coming in April, GRID Season 3. Here’s your first teaser:
We ain’t foolin’.
— GRID (@gridgame) April 1, 2020
Make sure you keep an eye on GRID’s social pages (that’s our official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) for more clues about what’s to be featured in Season 3 – they will be posted throughout this and next week. You won’t be disappointed.
(Picture above is from PIXELSLIDER on our Forums)
DIRT RALLY 2.0
Hello DiRT fans,
After months of anticipation and a ton of work by the dev teams, we’re finally here. The Colin McRae: FLAT OUT Pack is available now for DiRT Rally 2.0. You’ve likely seen us taking about it here, there and everywhere since January, but a quick refresher: Two iconic SUBARU cars, an all-new rally location, and 40 challenging scenarios in what is the ultimate tribute to the legend himself. The response from you all has been fantastic, it’s great to see everyone enjoying this last big send-off to the ultimate rally game.
With FLAT OUT (and the Game of the Year Edition, which contains all of the game’s content in one single package) out in the wild, what’s next for DiRT Rally 2.0? The first thing to point out is that content-wise, the game is essentially complete, so if you get the Game of the Year Edition you’re all set. Our development team is now focusing on the future of rally, but that doesn’t mean we’re done with DiRT Rally 2.0 just yet, as we’ve got various activities planned to keep you busy throughout 2020.
Speaking of, last week in partnership with Motorsport Games and IMG, we announced the World RX Esports Invitational: a special event replacing the real-world event at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Real-life World RX drivers including 2-time champion Johan Kristoffersson and fan-favourite Oliver Bennett will face off against top qualifiers from last Saturday’s in-game Event, and other special guests on April 19. Keep an eye out for more driver announcements real soon, as new drivers get revealed each day.
With everything that’s going on right now, many rally and rallycross drivers and teams are turning to sim racing to get their motorsport fix, and in the past few weeks we’ve seen several groups organising events using DiRT Rally 2.0’s Clubs feature. Two that stood out for us were The Solberg RACE (organised by long-time DiRT friends Petter and Oliver Solberg) and the Virtual Azores Rally, and we’re likely to see more surface as the weeks progress. If you’ve ever wanted to take on real-world drivers, now’s the best time to do so, so keep an eye out and join any you see.
Finally, tonight’s the big night for the games industry as the Gaming BAFTA winners get announced. This is essentially the gaming equivalent of the Oscars and it’s been an honour to have DiRT Rally 2.0 on the shortlist for British game (for games developed by UK-based studios). We’re all excited to celebrate the great talent in the industry and would like to congratulate all games, people and studios on their nominations this evening. Good luck all. If you want to watch the ceremony, here are all the links you need.
That’s it for now – take care and I’ll see you all on the road.
The start of the F1 season may have been postponed for now, but the action is still happening, albeit virtually. The first Virtual GP took place just over two weeks ago, and we absolutely loved it! Miss any of it? You can check it out here!
We also announced the winner of the Bahrain Grand Prix photo mode competition – we were after your great overtakes, and you absolutely delivered. Check out the winners right here:
That isn’t the only racing action that’s been happening in the past two weeks! Last weekend, Lando took on a variety of different challenges on F1 2019, some of which he had more success than others. Want to know more? Watch Challenge Lando on Lando’s Twitch stream here:
And what of this weekend? We’re going racing once again, with the second F1 Virtual Grand Prix confirmed earlier today! Five drivers from this season’s grid are already confirmed to be taking part, including Norris and Ferrari star Charles Leclerc. They’ll be joined by famous names across the sports and entertainment world, including England’s Cricket World Cup hero Ben Stokes – who looks up for the challenge already. Using the Albert Park, Melbourne circuit in F2 2019, join us for all the action this Sunday at 8pm BST, on F1’s official broadcast channels, as well as Sky Sports F1 and Main Event.
See you next time!
F1® MOBILE RACING
To keep up the momentum following the testing period, a brand new GP Event has just gone live: the Spring Warmup! This two-event series only runs for ten days, so you’ll need to be quick off the draw to lay down quick times on the challenging Silverstone and Catalunya. The Spring Warmup runs alongside the Elite Championship, which has been live since mid-March with five rounds to participate in. With entry open to Elite League players only, we’ve seen some incredibly competitive action.
Behind the scenes, we’ve been carefully assessing the feedback we received online and through our dedicated survey, following the Pre-Season Testing event that previewed new physics and R&D systems. All your comments and suggestions have been assessed and are driving the final tweaks to the systems, ahead of their full launch in a later update. Alongside that, there’s plenty more news right around the corner, concerning the next big step for F1® Mobile Racing. So, jump into those live events and get ready for what’s next!
ANY OTHER BUSINESS?
- You caught our big news yesterday, right? Codemasters was delighted to reveal our new video game: DiRT Rollers! The world’s fastest-descending sport gets its own official video game, meaning you can conquer the world of marble racing, one aimless hurriedly-built circuit at a time.
…Okay, DiRT Rollers, may’ve been our little April Fool’s piece, but we certainly enjoyed the reaction to it. Let us know how many easter eggs you spotted in the blog post and ‘screenshots’…
- Make sure you check out the most recent episode of the Aardvark Swift podcast, where the AS team talk to gaming developers and professionals on the inner workings of this weird and wonderful industry. In the latest podcast, Meg Daintith and Simon Barlow from the Codies team offer their insight on recruitment, officially licensed franchises, and plenty more.
- Finally, a little extra something for everyone trying to keep themselves or the younger ones in their home occupied. We’ve taken screenshots from some of our live titles and removed all the colours, so you can print them off, raid the stationery cupboard for supplies, and get colouring! The first three images are at the bottom of this post, and keep an eye on our channels over the coming days and weeks for new images to print off and colour in. Oh, and show off your designs by posting them up and using #CodiesColouringBook – we can’t wait to see how accurate (or not…) your designs are!