Codies Racing Line – June 11, 2020
As always, we hope you are all staying well and healthy, and hope our games are continuing to bring you entertainment and escapism during this time. For anyone playing Codies games right now, always feel free to drop us a message on our social channels, the Forums or official Discord channels. Show us what you’re up to and chat with the Codemasters team on all things DIRT, GRID and F1.
Each of our live titles have been busy the last fortnight with big news drops, important updates and major events – and they were joined by the reveal of a new Slightly Mad Studios game! So, plenty to get through as always…
Well… we did tell you that DIRT 5’s focus for June would be on Career mode!
Less than halfway through June and we’ve dropped a huge amount of details on how our amplified off-road racer’s main single-player mode will be laid out. We kicked off June with the reveal of the DIRT Podcast by Donut Media – DIRT 5’s in-game audio show, hosted by Donut’s James Pumphrey and Nolan Sykes. This podcast drives the Career mode’s story forward with news drops, big interviews and pot-stirring galore. We’re taking some episodes of the show and posting them on an official SoundCloud page, to give you a taster of what to expect. Look out for a new episode tomorrow, with a special guest…
Following that, we dropped the knowledge, with a full deep dive into Career mode’s story, progression, events and more. Check out the blog post for full details, but here are your headlines: Over 130 events across nine event types; a star-studded story with Troy Baker’s character (Alex ‘AJ’ Janicek) mentoring you and Nolan North’s character (Bruno Durand) going against you; choice-driven progression with multiple paths to the top; race for 20 real-world sponsors including Fatlace, Michelin and Monster Energy, each with unique liveries; team up with four-player split-screen integration… and breathe. Phew! DIRT 5’s Career is the most ambitious ever seen from the series. That’s what we’re getting at.
On top of that, Technical Director David Springate joined Xbox’s Major Nelson to chat all things DIRT 5 on Xbox Series X, breaking down all the ways the game harnesses next-gen console power. Check out the video below, or the Xbox Wire post:
We’ve still got more to reveal this month, but for now, make sure to bookmark dirtgame.com/dirt5 for all news on pre-orders and more. Pre-orders on Steam are live, as well as selected retailers for Xbox One and PS4. We’ll keep you posted as more pre-orders are available, including for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Now… I need a lie down.
GRID has had some tweaks under the hood since our last update. Namely, fixing an irritating bug that stuck you in last place after completing hot lap qualifying. Make sure you update your game (and change your oil regularly) to ensure GRID is working at peak performance.
Right now, Nintendo Switch players in select territories can get a discount on GRID Autosport. You’ll have to be quick though, the offer ends very soon! Head to the Nintendo eShop before the 14th of June to get the Nintendo Switch’s most authentic racing experience for 30% off.
Don’t forget to head to our socials every Friday afternoon where we’ll be sharing the #FreeplayFriday challenge. Last week was in Paris with the Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth – think you can beat it?
Welcome to a brand new Racing Line – and as usual there’s an awful LOT to talk about this time around! Without any further ado, let’s get going, shall we?
Michael Schumacher. Without question, the most successful F1® driver of all time, arguably the G.O.A.T. Last week, we released a trailer, narrated by F1®’s very own digital reporter Will Buxton, (or Heiko Wasser if you’re German-speaking) that looked at the four iconic cars that feature in the Deluxe Schumacher Edition of F1® 2020 – and forgive us if we get a bit misty-eyed.
And if you missed the news we released a few weeks ago, Will Buxton is going to be a part of F1® 2020… we’ll be showing you more on that soon!
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Well the secret is out… I’m so proud and excited to confirm that I’m in the new @F1 2020 @codemastersgames @formula1game. Spent one of the most incredible days of my career and my life at London’s fabled @pinewoodstudios creating the Motion Capture. Was such fun. I hope you all enjoy it. And finally get to experience what the F1 drivers do, with my constant and annoying questions!!!! Have to thank Codemasters for the opportunity and the professional mocap actors who taught me so much and put up with me fluffing my lines and just ad libbing.
Ahead of last weekend’s Virtual Grand Prix, we released a hot lap around the streets of Baku in F1® 2020, and you can check this out here.
Talking about Virtual Grand Prix – did you watch it this last weekend? If you didn’t, now is the perfect time to catch up. You missed an epic race from Jarno Opmeer in the F1® Esports Pro Exhibition race, as he made his debut for the Alfa Romeo Racing F1® Esports team! That action carried on to the Virtual Grand Prix too, as George Russell took an impressive third win in a row.
The last Virtual Grand Prix on F1® 2019 will be taking place this weekend on the virtual Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. There’s one epic lineup for this race, so make sure you tune in live on F1®’s YouTube, Twitch and Facebook from 5 BST for the F1® Esports Pro Exhibition, and 6pm BST for the Virtual Grand Prix on Sunday June 14th!
See you there, then?
DIRT RALLY 2.0
Hello everyone – here’s what’s going on in the world of Rally.
World RX Esports Series – Yas Marina – After two successful World RX Esports Invitationals, a series of four events is now underway, taking us up to the end of July with more big-name rallycross action.
Our recent event was held at the Yas Marina Circuit, with 20 pro drivers and 10 sim racers taking part in separate categories. Charles Leclerc was the star attraction, the Ferrari F1 driver getting a traditional rallycross welcome, with bumps and scrapes everywhere. He even rolled his car at one point, before getting the hang of things and winning his 4th Qualifying Heat. Sadly for Charles it wasn’t enough to take him into the Semi-Finals, but for those that did make it some hectic races awaited. If you haven’t seen the action yet, we’ve got a full playlist over on YouTube, and if you’re not worried about spoilers the race report is here. The next round is at Hell (Norway) on June 21.
The Solberg World Cup – Final Round – Over 16,000 players have been rallying for the past few months and it all comes down to this, the Solberg World Cup’s final Event is upon us and we’re off to Wales.
Many players, myself included, have been enjoying the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 these past few months, so it only seems fitting that Volkswagen are lending their support behind the final round. They’re bringing some pretty sweet prizes, including the actual Manufacturers’ trophy from the 2014 Wales Rally, and a real-life steering wheel from their Polo GTI R5, converted for sim racing. The grand prize is still all to play for however, as the top drivers are very close in the standings. We’ll find out after this Sunday which of them will get to drive a real rally car with Oliver Solberg. If you fancy your chances or just want to play in the game’s largest Club, The Solberg World Cup ends on Sunday.
Car of the Week – Last week’s featured car was the Porsche 911 SC RS, a beautiful machine from the 1980s with an iconic body. You can check it out here. I had a lot of fun throwing this car around Te Awanga Sprint Forward in New Zealand (the Stage you see in the video), the corners flow nicely and once you put the power down the car really sings. I put in more seat time after the video was recorded as I enjoyed the car so much; if you fancy taking on my best time I did a 3:28. That’s good enough for 39th in the world right now, but is certainly beatable if you put the hours in.
This week’s car is the most dominant rallycross machine of all time, the Volkswagen Polo R Supercar. It won 11 of the 12 races in 2018’s FIA World Rallycross Championship, and Johan Kristoffersson is bringing it back as a private entry in 2020. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares against the Hansens and their menacing Peugeots.
That’ll do it from me, see you out on the road.
F1® MOBILE RACING
A quick update on our free-to-play official F1 title, as we continue create new experiences and optimise the game following the roll-out of our huge update! The 2020 Season Update, adding the new team line-ups, driver helmets, cars and circuits. In plenty of time for the revised return of real-world F1, we’ve loved seeing new and existing fans get acquainted with the game, including diving into new GP Events and mastering our new handling and gameplay.
As you dive into the 2020 update, we’ve laid down a little challenge for you all. With Circuit Zandvoort now added, we recorded a hot lap around the Dutch track of 1:10.04. Think you can beat that? Zandvoort is included in the special 70th Anniversary GP Event, which runs until June 20!
ANY OTHER BUSINESS?
– Ready to go on Your Ultimate Driver Journey? Project CARS 3, from the team at Slightly Mad Studios, has been revealed and launches this summer! Own and personalise a huge variety of road and race cars, customise your own racer, and hone your craft from rookie to world-beater across a stunning array of road and race circuits. Keep an eye out for news, gameplay and features on Project CARS 3 in the coming weeks.
– Over the last week we’ve been putting the spotlight on some of the incredible team at Codemasters, who’ve helped the company effectively transition to remote working and continue creating new experiences for our players. Check out the Codies social feeds for quotes from multiple teams and studios, who’ve all pulled together to adapt to the new working routine. To everyone who has played their part: thank you!