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Codies Racing Line: July 15, 2021

Don’t worry. Don’t panic. It’s not your fault. We understand that it’s incredibly easy right now to keep track of everything that’s going on in the world of Codemasters right now, with so much being revealed and rolled out.

That’s why, of course, you’ve come to the Codies Racing Line, to make sure you haven’t missed something from the past fortnight. Once you’ve read through your article, you can chat away with your pals about it all, as if you never missed a thing. It’s all good – your secret’s safe with us.

Our latest round-up of Codemasters news and information features a truly massive game launch this week, a reveal of a humongous update to another live title, and final preparations for our own rally team’s next round of action. Right, pithy intro over – let’s get into the good stuff…

F1® 2021

Hello, and welcome to the first Racing Line of F1® 2021’s release! If you’ve been stuck under a rock these past few days, the digital Deluxe Edition is OUT NOW on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, & PC via Steam. You can get your F1® story started right now by downloading onto your platform of choice. The Standard Edition launches tomorrow (Friday 16th July), so whatever edition you’ve chosen, we hope you enjoy getting out there on the track!

Launch Trailer
To whet your appetite for F1® 2021’s release this week, we showed off the launch trailer, which you can check out here! Look out more incredible new gameplay, and more glimpses of the new Braking Point story mode, which has already got players talking this week, as conflict ensues in the paddock…

F1® 2021 Celebrity Race Off Silverstone
On Tuesday night, 19 famous faces across the world of sport, gaming, and streaming battled at Silverstone, with two separate races around the iconic British circuit, with the top five from each race then going wheel-to-wheel for the ultimate victory! Featuring stars such as Nicholas Hamilton, Jelly, Mason Holgate, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Catie Munnings and Bateson87, you can catch everything that happened here.

Driver Ratings
Last week, we revealed the full driver ratings for F1® 2021. Take a look at what the driver ratings are, how they’re calculated, and how your favourite driver stacks up in our deep dive here. Remember: driver ratings will be adjusted multiple times as the season rolls on, to reflect the form and performance of each driver.

Have you picked up F1® 2021 already? Let us know how you’re finding it on our social channels – we’d love to hear from you!

See you out on track,

– Jenny

DIRT 5

Phew! What a relief this week has been – as we can finally reveal everything the DIRT 5 team has been working on in recent weeks…

Yesterday we unveiled the biggest ever update for DIRT 5, since its launch last November, which will be rolling out on July 20. Our summer of thrills kicks into a higher gear with the Super Size Content Pack, Parts Unknown Playgrounds Update, and Update 5.00!

The Super Size pack delivers more content at no additional cost for Amplified and Year One Edition players, and Standard Edition players can also grab the pack from online stores next week. We’ve squeezed in four huge cars – the Bentley Continental GT Ice Race Car, Rezvani Tank, Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Baja Concept, and Armada Rock Racer – alongside a new Career chapter with 27 events, more Sponsors and fresh customisation items. Told you it was huge!

Everything else dropping next week is completely free to all players, including the Parts Unknown Playgrounds Pack, featuring new space-themed items to create out-of-this-world arena with. Also, look out for more Achievements/Trophies, more iconic liveries, new ways to get more out of Playgrounds (more on that here) and an update on PS5 to further enhance the game’s haptic feedback use. Oh, and we almost forgot… how about two brand new tracks to enjoy? Head to Brazil to tear up a pair of ocean-side Land Rush tracks.


We have so much more to show you before July 20, including 4K gameplay of the new cars and tracks. Follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Roll on next Tuesday!

– Chris


CODEMASTERS JUNIOR WRC TEAM

Hello everyone, PJ back again (remember me?) for a quick rally update.

As I write this, Jon Armstrong and Phil Hall are in Estonia making final preparations for the third round of the 2021 FIA Junior WRC season. We took the win in Croatia and despite some rapid pace had a DNF in Portugal, so we’re looking to score some big points on the Estonian gravel.

Here’s some words from Jon ahead of the rally:

“I’m really looking forward to the third round of Junior WRC. It has been a strong start to the season for the team, Phil, and I. It has probably been stronger than we had expected. But Estonia is probably going to be the biggest challenge for us and a lot of the drivers were there last year and will have done the stages. Our plan is to just go there, do the best job possible, and see where we end up at the end of the rally. To be honest that has been our motto this season.

“It helped going to Rally Poland last month to drive a Rally3 car on the fast roads there. It was important to get back on the fast, wide roads that you have in places like Poland and Estonia”

I’ll be getting updates from our ‘man on the ground’ throughout the weekend, and sharing them with you all in the usual places (follow DiRT wherever you get your news). A good result here should put the team back in championship contention, so here’s hoping.

I’ll be back in two weeks to let you know how they got on. In the meantime, there’s some Devon Butler dude who’s been running his mouth in the F1 paddock recently, so it’s time to put him in his place…

– PJ

ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

This year, Racing Ahead and EA’s GameChangers program have teamed up to form the ultimate content creator, well, team. Since videos and streams have been going up this week, creators around the world have shared well over 200 videos, generating over 3 million views in the first 24 hours. On YouTube, Aarava, Tiametmarduk, ROBBIE, Galax, DJ Mariio and DaveGaming have all enjoyed spells in Gaming trending tabs across Europe.

Over on Twitch, over 42,000 of you tuned in simultaneously on Tuesday evening to watch the F1® 2021 Celebrity Race Off: Silverstone on the official Formula 1 Twitch account, as well as other streamers playing the game. During that time, Racing Ahead creator THOMB managed to run a 24-hour livestream all by himself, raising a bunch of money for mental health charity – Mind – an incredible effort from him.

Who have you been watching on YouTube and Twitch so far?

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