Codies Racing Line – May 14, 2020
As always, we hope everyone is healthy and happy during these times, and using video games to stay entertained and occupied. The Codemasters team is very much settled into a new working routine, and going full speed ahead as ever with our ongoing projects to help gamers enjoy and escape.
Of course, if you’ve been following our channels for the last fortnight, we don’t need to tell you that! It’s been another crazy couple of weeks for Codies, with new gameplay drops, new updates, and the small matter of a brand-freaking-new game announcement. Let’s get straight into your latest dose of Codemasters news…
So, who’s ready to Let Loose?
It’s here! First revealed during the global Inside Xbox showcase, welcome to DIRT 5, launching from October this year for Steam, Xbox and PlayStation consoles, along with Google Stadia in early 2021.
The announce trailer gives you just a glimpse of what’s to come in our boldest, bravest ever title in the DiRT franchise: Ice racing with converted GTs on New York’s East River; Ariel and Jimco machines tearing up the hills of China; classic and modern rally cars fighting through a Norwegian seaside town – all with a layer of style and confidence that nods to the days of DiRT 2 and DiRT 3. Then there’s the Career Mode featuring Troy Baker and Nolan North, four-player split-screen, deep livery editor and Photo Mode… and that’s just scratching the surface. Keep an eye out for stuff you’ve never seen from this franchise before.
DIRT 5 also marks Codemasters’ first title to arrive on next-gen consoles, coming to both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, tapping into the power of new consoles with even greater graphical fidelity, faster loading and plenty more. Already confirmed on the Xbox side of things is Smart Delivery, meaning if you purchase DIRT 5 for Xbox One, you’ll automatically receive a version of DIRT 5 for Xbox Series X, if and when you make the switch-up, free of charge.
We’re just getting started, and are busy working on ways to bring you insight and content on everything else we have to come. We’ve laid out a tour path for you, so know what our focus will be on each month until launch. The official DIRT 5 website will keep you up to speed with pre-orders – which are now live on Steam, including a 10% discount on the Amplified Edition for players of any previous DiRT game!
I could go on for days about everything revealed so far, but checking out our pieces on the Xbox Wire, PlayStation.blog and Red Bull Games covers DIRT 5 from all angles. Whilst you give those a read, I want to give a shout-out to every single person working on DIRT 5, from our Cheshire and Southam teams, who are putting in a tremendous shift to make this game something special in the current climate. Now, the real fun begins…
Things have been busy in the world of F1® 2020 recently! Earlier this week, we released a beautiful trailer for F1® 2020, featuring the epic theme composed by Brian Tyler. I absolutely love it, and you can check it out right here:
As well as showing off our fantastic trailer, we also confirmed that we have a full season, half-season, or three-race F2™ experience that you can choose from before you start off on your F1 journey. Not only that, but we’ve also confirmed the full classic car list, which you can go and check out right here.
Phew. That’s not all though! Yesterday, media and content creators started to release some early preview gameplay for F1® 2020, and you can check out some of the early previews in our handy playlist right here:
We’re not quite finished yet 😉 – we’ve been loving the Virtual Grand Prix and Challenge action, and this weekend is no exception… make sure you keep an eye on our channels for news!
DiRT RALLY 2.0
Hello everyone – here’s what’s been happening in the rally world recently:
World RX Esports Invitational (Montalegre Edition) – After a successful event at Catalunya, the World RX grid headed to the virtual mountaintops of Montalegre for the second Esports Invitational. In addition to several of the drivers, esports players and special guests from Catalunya, the Montalegre Edition had stand-outs such as former F1 driver Mika Salo, Formula E driver Antonio Felix da Costa, and the New Zealand speed demon known as Shane van Gisbergen.
If you missed any of the action, we’ve got the YouTube playlist right here, and if you already know the result but want to read more, we’ve got a round-up right here. The real-world season calendar is set to kick off in August, though we may see some more Invitational action before then, so keep an eye out.
Solberg World Cup – The biggest Club in DiRT Rally 2.0 history is still kicking along, as nearly 15,000 competitors headed to Sweden and Greece in recent weeks, and have just set off around the USA. DirtFish’s rally instructors Sam Albert and Jack Harrison have been putting their real-life skills to good use, and have an insightful blog on their experiences so far, which you can read here.
I’ve had a go myself and am pleased with being in the top 250 overall so far; that’s better than expected but still a fair bit off the pace of the esports professionals. Greece was a tough one for me as I swapped my trusty Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 for the Mitsubishi Space Star R5, expecting the more nimble car to help with the tighter sections. It was a gamble that didn’t really pay off (due to my lack of talent behind the wheel, the car is fine) so I’ll be back in the more familiar Polo for the remaining rounds.
Version 1.14 of DiRT Rally 2.0 released last week and brought the usual round-up of tweaks and changes. If you missed the patch notes, they’re here.
The main highlight for many players will be the unlocking of Petter and Oliver Solberg’s liveries from last year’s Wales Rally, for the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. These were previously exclusive challenge rewards but enough time has passed to open them up to everyone. The Festive Liveries from December are also available, as well as difficulty tweaks to the Colin McRae Scenarios, based on how well players have been completing (or not completing) them so far.
One neat thing to point out is that the Ford Escort RS Cosworth has an entirely new, glorious engine audio, based on fresh recordings of a real car. The reason it got an update a year after launch? The car’s in DIRT 5 (you may have seen it in a few screenshots) and the work gone into building that version has benefitted the DiRT Rally 2.0 car as well. Big ups to the audio team for that one – the car sounds great.
That’s all I’ve got for today, keep on rallying out there and I’ll catch you all again soon.
We’re pleased to announce that GRID Season 3 is now available on Stadia! Released at the end of last week, those with GRID Ultimate Edition playing on Google’s streaming service will now have access to six new cars, Suzuka Circuit, and a bunch of new customisation options.
For those that missed out on exactly what GRID’s Season 3 featured, head over to the ‘deep-dive’ blog post where we picked apart everything included in the content drop.
Along with the release of Season 3 on Stadia, we also made a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks to benefit everyone playing GRID – whether you’re an Ultimate Edition player or otherwise. Fixes included updating the Koenigsegg Agera RS audio as well as addressing performance issues on PC. Here’s the post over on the Codies Forums that details exactly what we’ve tweaked.
That’s all we have to share for now. We’ll leave you with a snippet of some awesome downhill action from Racing Ahead member, ISAD (I Suck At Driving), on Mizu Mountain. Fans of eurobeat will thoroughly appreciate the full video.
F1® MOBILE RACING
Hey! A quick check in from the Mobile side of things, now that we’ve caught our breath after a dramatic couple of days of real-world F1 news…
We’re making final preparations to the next game update, which gives everyone their first chance to experience the F1 2020 season, with new cars, driver line-up, helmets and circuits. We also have a host of new events and core gameplay changes to take our free-to-play handheld title up yet another gear and make it ready for the new season of action.
Make sure to check out our blog post from April about F1® Mobile Racing’s 2020 update, not just for all the details, but also screenshots of the 2020 season cars in the game for the very first time!
ANY OTHER BUSINESS?
– Codemasters is pleased to still be hiring and taking on new staff in the current climate. We’ve recently welcomed some new faces to the team and are on the lookout for the brightest and best to join the crew! Over 40 vacancies are listed on our Careers page, with positions including Graphics Programmer, Quality Assurance Technician, Programming Talent and Vehicle Artist.