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Codies Racing Line – July 29, 2021

So, here’s the thing. We did have another pithy intro lined up for your latest fortnightly round-up of Codemasters news, reveals and info. Honestly, it was a belter! However, late last week, we had an anonymous letter come through, offering (well, actually, demanding) to take on the Racing Line intro, this time around. Whilst the letter included no name, we think we can figure out who this came from…

‘Considering nobody knows how to nail a racing line better than myself, it makes sense for me to lead the way for this this latest Codies Racing Line, right? So, sit back, put your reading glasses on, and watch how the pros do it.

‘Looking across the Codemasters channels, there’s plenty of major announcements to take you through today – but let’s not forget the real headline story here: Me. I’m going for a sixth World Series title, more than any other driver in history, and in 2022, you’ll have a front-row seat to watch it all happen. I suppose we should kick this thing off by giving you more details on how you can do that…’

GRID LEGENDS

Race fans. Welcome back.

This past week, Codemasters and EA were ecstatic to reveal GRID Legends to the world, launching in 2022 on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. Premiering at the top of show as we kicked off EA Play Live, check out the incredible official reveal trailer here.

As you can tell from the video, GRID Legends will heavily feature an innovative and ground-breaking story-driven mode. Combining epic racing with a stunning virtual production, featuring a real-life cast including Ncuti Gatwa, this is a narrative experience you have never seen before from GRID, which we’ve been working on in secret for quite some time. We genuinely cannot wait to show you more on how this story comes together, the part you will play, and how the infamous Ravenwest Motorsport weave into it all…


But, the story is just the beginning. GRID Legends delivers on the series’ legacy of incredible racing variety and unpredictable action, with a huge range of vehicles, circuits (including brand new tracks) and event types, including the return of Drift. Plenty more features and more innovations for the series are yet to be revealed – we have only scratched the surface so far.

To check out more details and screenshots from GRID Legends, head to our website. We have live pages right now on PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam – head there to wishlist or follow GRID Legends, as we return later this year to unveil much, much more.

– Chris

F1® 2021

Get your favourite driving gloves on, as it’s time for F1® 2021 in this week’s Racing Line.

It’s a little under two weeks since F1® 2021 released, and we’ve loved your reaction to the game so far. From seeing you all play Braking Point, to competing against a friend for glory in two-player Career, or creating your own F1® team and joining the grid, it’s been great to see!

Instagram Decides with Nicholas Latifi
Today, you’ve been busy choosing how Nicholas Latifi spends his day in our Braking Point takeover on Williams’ Instagram. We’re having plenty of fun deciding aspects of his day, F1® 2021 style! There’s still time to head over to Williams Racing’s Instagram and check out the Stories before they expire.

Hitting F1® 2021’s Circuits With Your Friends
Whether you’re new to the Formula 1® series’ multiplayer scene or a veteran league racer, F1® 2021 has plenty of online modes for you to battle against your friends, outside of two-player career. Those of you who’ve ventured into previous F1® multiplayer will find we’ve switched things around a bit; read all about it right here to make sure you’re up to speed, and ready to take on the world.

Patch 1.05
Earlier this week, patch 1.05 was released on PC and PlayStation® consoles, with Xbox coming very soon. You can check the notes for this patch here. We’re listening to all the feedback you’re giving us and investigating the issues you’re sending over. If you have a burning question, want to share setups, or report something that’s not quite right, come and join us in the Codemasters Forums. We’d love to hear from you!

See you next time,

– Jenny

DIRT 5

Somebody bring us back down to earth! It’s been just over a week since we released DIRT 5’s biggest ever update, including the Super Size Content Pack and Parts Unknown Playgrounds Update, and our feet still haven’t touched the ground. If you missed any details on everything we added to DIRT 5 earlier this month, all the details are here. Thank you, as always, for your feedback and comments since launch day, as we make sure the experience is as perfect as possible for everyone.

It’s been brilliant to see players getting stuck into the new Career events, taking photo mode shots with the new liveries, making gravity-defying arenas with the new Playgrounds items, and more general tomfoolery. A big area we’ve seen players enjoying is the new Weekly Challenge in Playgrounds, with big rewards up for grabs on a specially-selected arena. Check it out right now, as a top Smash Attack arena is the global battleground for racers to post their best scores. We also used this update to further enhance DIRT 5’s use of the PS5 DualSense controller features, including haptics and audio. Check out our PS.blog post for details on what we’ve tweaked.

– Chris

CODEMASTERS DIRT RALLY TEAM

Another Rally, Another Podium!

Hello everyone, PJ here once again bringing you the lowdown on Junior WRC Rally Estonia.

Earlier this month, Jon Armstrong and Phil Hall took the DiRT Rally car to Estonia for the third round of the season.
Having won in Croatia and retired in Portugal, a strong result was needed to keep them in championship contention, and that’s what they delivered.

It took the crew a while to get into a rhythm, but after a few setup changes on Saturday they were flying (quite literally; judging by the pic above) and racked up multiple Stage Wins. Sami Pajari was having a near-invincible run all weekend, though, and took a dominant win, but Jon and Phil claimed best of the rest and took home a very solid P2.

Here are some words from Jon on how the rally went:

“We are really happy to finish second on Rally Estonia. Pre-event we were thinking third would be a great result.
Just because of the high-speed nature of the roads and the event, in general, was a lot more like Finland than what I was expecting.


I didn’t really know how competitive we would be but early on we saw that the pace wasn’t so bad. Our confidence was good and we were only 13 seconds off the lead at the end of the first full day. It is definitely an important result for the championship. To get so many points on an event we knew was our weakest of the year is very promising.”

Pajari leads the championship standings by 15 points, with two rounds remaining in the season. However, each driver’s lowest-scoring event will be dropped in the final standings, so it’s all to play for!

That’s all for now – see you again soon.

– PJ

ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

Our official handheld free-to-play title F1® Mobile Racing has kicked off a closed beta on Android! Ahead of an upcoming major update, we’re running a short beta to allow players to test new features and advances, as well as gather your feedback to help drive the direction of F1® Mobile Racing’s next chapter. To register your interest in playing the Android beta, head to our new website.

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