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Codies Racing Line – June 25, 2020

Hey everyone,

As always, we want to begin the Racing Line by wishing you all well, and hope you’re staying happy and healthy. The fans and paddling pools are well and truly out across the homes of the Codies team, as we remotely battle the UK heatwave!

It’s undoubtedly one of the busiest times of the year for the entire Codemasters team, as we hurtle towards the launch of two different major titles, prepare for a new generation of gaming, and keep optimising our existing games with community-driven updates.

Plenty to get through, then – and this time around, we’re kicking things off with a special message for all players of one of our 2019 releases.

 

GRID

Since GRID’s announcement in May last year, we’ve been overwhelmed with the positivity around the series’ return. GRID launched in October to critical acclaim and since then players have enjoyed three new circuits and a half dozen cars to add to their garages all for free, with more cars and Career events made available through GRID Ultimate Edition.

Released on Google Stadia at launch, GRID was the first track-based racing title on the cloud-gaming platform. This offered a whole new generation of players the opportunity to enjoy GRID – and its exclusive 40-player Endurance mode – from almost anything with a screen.

GRID’s community has been at the heart of all the tweaks and changes made since launch and despite Season 3 being the final season of GRID, every bit of feedback – whether that’s from the Codemasters Forums or across the web – will be passed on for future entries in the series.

Whilst this will be GRID’s last inclusion in the Racing Line for a while, it certainly won’t be the last you hear from us. We’ll be keeping the conversation going on our socials, so make sure you’re following on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for all the latest news on the GRID series.

 

DIRT 5

New trailer, new audio content, first ever gameplay. Yeah, you could say it’s been a busy fortnight for DIRT 5.

We recently revealed how DIRT 5’s Career mode features a racing story that’s truly amplified. Check out our special video, featuring voice acting stars Troy Baker and Nolan North, as they go into detail on the characters they play in the game, and how the unique and fresh approach to storytelling came to life in our recording session in Los Angeles:

Alongside the video we also announced the launch date of October 9 for current-gen consoles and PC, followed shortly by Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5! Head here for all the latest links and news on DIRT 5 pre-orders.

The brilliant James Pumphrey and Nolan Sykes from Donut Media also appear in the video, who host the in-game podcast that drives the story of Career mode forward. We’ve previewed this feature by dropping a couple of podcast episodes on an official SoundCloud page – the latest featuring a guest appearance by W Series champion Jamie Chadwick! The super-fast Jamie is one of our in-game guests that appear through the Career, and in this episodes she gives her thoughts on AJ and Bruno Durand – the characters Troy Baker and Nolan North portray, respectively.

You thought that was all we had for you from the last fortnight?! Come on now…

We know how keen everyone’s been to see gameplay of DIRT 5, even at this early stage. With that in mind, the first ever hands-on session for DIRT 5 recently took place with media and content creators from our Racing Ahead program. The previews are live – and the first impressions are glowing! Check out our YouTube playlist of the best of the gameplay, and read the thoughts of IGN, Eurogamer, GamesRadar and more on how DIRT 5 is already getting people hyped for October 9.

– Chris

 

F1

Hey all!

I seem to say this every time but it’s been SO BUSY since the last Racing Line. With the launch of F1® 2020 coming up very soon (I can’t believe it’s nearly July already!), we’ve shared a ton of information on what you can expect when the game launches on July 10th.

Let’s start with the latest news: hot off the press from this afternoon is F1® 2020’s TV advert which you can find below. We’ve been practically buzzing with excitement waiting to share this with you!

Now that you’ve seen that, let’s go over everything else you might have missed.

My Team – F1® 2020’s My Team mode gives you the opportunity to write your own racing legacy by joining the F1® line-up as the 11th team. Last week, we released a trailer that gives an in-depth look on what to expect from this all-new mode. Here it is:

In My Team, you’ll experience F1® 2020 through the eyes of a driver-manager, offering you a unique insight into the world of F1 – how incredible does that sound? If you want to learn more, we released a bunch more My Team info in a blog post last week – get the lowdown on everything you need to know here.

What are you going to call your F1® team? Drop us a line on our social channels and let us know.

F1® 2020 Deluxe Schumacher Edition – In the F1® 2020 Deluxe Schumacher Edition, you’ll be able to drive as the legendary Michael Schumacher in four of his most iconic cars – 1991: Jordan 191, 1994: Benetton B194, 1995: Benetton B195 and 2000: Ferrari F1-2000. You’ll also receive exclusive content such as themed car liveries and driver customisation items, including a unique podium celebration. We covered what you can get in full here and you can also check out our celebration of the GOAT on YouTube here.

Split-Screen – There’s nothing better than showing your friends (rivals!) who’s best out on track, and what better way to do this than with F1® 2020’s two-player split-screen mode. We released a video showing split-screen off around the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve which you can check out here.

All 2020 cars 

We know you’ve been aching to see what all ten of the 2020 F1® cars will look like in-game. Well ache no more, as we’ve got a couple shots of them right here to feast your eyes on. I think you’ll agree, they are stunning. Have you got a favourite? Want to see them all? Just head here!

PlayStation Store Pre-Orders Now Live 

Finally, we’re thrilled to say that PlayStation players are now able to pre-order both versions of the game on the PlayStation Store. We can’t thank you enough for your patience in waiting for these to be ready. You can pick up either version by heading to our pre-order page: https://bit.ly/F12020PreOrder

If you already own F1 2019, you can get yourself a 10% discount on the Deluxe Schumacher Edition. Just head in-game to redeem it!

F1® 2020’s release is almost upon us. In fact, by the next Racing Line those who’ve bought the Deluxe Schumacher Edition of F1® 2020 will be playing it… this is exciting stuff, and I can’t wait until then!

– Jenny

 

DIRT RALLY 2.0

Hello everyone – time for your regular Rally update:

World RX Esports Series – The world’s best rallycross drivers were at it again this past weekend, taking on Norway’s Hell circuit in the second round of the World RX Esports Series.

Just like at Yas Marina, over 20 races were packed into a two-hour show, providing many entertaining battles as World RX drivers, sim racers and special guests duked it out on one of the best circuits for racing. Shane van Gisbergen was the favourite heading into this after his dominant performance at Yas Marina, but would he win again? Here are the highlights, here are all of the races, and if you’re okay with spoilers, here is the full race report.

The next round is at Sweden this Sunday, before we end the series in South Africa in July.

The Solberg World Cup – After three months of rallying action, 17,000 entrants descended on Wales for the final rally of the Solberg World Cup.

Coming out on top was a driver well-known for past esports success: Robin Jonsson from Sweden. On top of his podium finishes in the DiRT 4 and DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series, he now has the opportunity to drive a rally car for real, and learn from Oliver Solberg himself. To read quotes from Oliver and Robin on the event, head over here where we’ve shared them, and drop your experiences in the replies. As for me, I gave it a fair go and ended up just outside the Top 500 overall. I’m not “esports good” so to get a Top 3% performance feels great, and I’ve heard similar stories from many players after their six rallies, who challenged themselves to do well.

The Solbergs were delighted with the response to this competition and have hinted that they may do another in the future. If that becomes a reality, we’ll let you know!

That’ll do it for now, see you all on Sunday for some top-class rallycross action!

– PJ

 

F1® MOBILE RACING

With the real-world F1 action set to return next weekend, there’s no better way to get ready for the new season than jumping into F1® Mobile Racing! With the 2020 Season Update now live, check out the official teams, cars, circuits and driver helmets of the new season, before the racing gets underway in Austria.

As well as our usual thrilling PvP races, live multiplayer action and single-player racing, keep an eye out for special events. Now live is our 2020 Regulation Cars Event – a four-race series where you can represent your favourite team in their new machine and win huge rewards. The event is open until July 5, meaning you can take part all the way up to Austrian Grand Prix gets underway!

– Chris

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

We know it, you know it – gaming has the power to bring people together in any situation. As part of Loneliness Awareness Week, we’re working with Ukie to encourage everyone to find time to #PlayAndTalk during these unprecedented times. This past weekend saw the #PlayAndTalk event take place to tackle separation during lockdown. Head here to find out more.

The amazing people over at SpecialEffect made us aware of the story of Aaron – a double-leg amputee who is still enjoying the joys of sim racing, thanks to a specially adapted steering wheel. After plenty of practice, Aaron has upgraded his setup with a racing rig, and is participating in sim racing leagues! Read more about the awesome Aaron here.

We mentioned the first ever DIRT 5 hands-on session earlier on – and since the event we’ve had a huge number of content creators reach out to see how they can get involved. Racing Ahead, Codemasters’ program dedicated to finding and collaborating with talented creators, is what you’ll want to be involved in to be a part of future exclusive events. Find out more here.

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