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Codies Racing Line – October 15, 2020

Racing Line.

Another one.

Lots of big Codemasters news.

Too much to talk about. No need to bring you a pithy intro to read.

Let’s get straight to it! Shall we begin with a bit of esports action?

F1® 2020

Hey all and welcome to a brand new edition of the Racing Line!

We’re starting off today’s entry by offering our congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins. It’s an amazing achievement, and equalling a record like Schumacher’s doesn’t happen every day!

F1® Esports Pro Series

Yesterday was the first live show of the 2020 F1® Esports Pro Series, and it absolutely kicked off in style! The first race was Bahrain, and it was a tight one, but one in which a daring alternate strategy from Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports’s Jarno Opmeer paid off.

The second race? Well… what a race! Taking place at the (virtual) Hanoi Street Circuit, this race was a perfect way to show off just how tight and competitive this year’s field is. After battling for the majority of the race, it was a thrilling last lap overtake from FDA Hublot Esports Team’s David Tonizza on Nicolas Longuet that sealed the deal. If you haven’t seen it already, you are seriously missing out! Watch both right here:

Enjoyed those races? Luckily for you, race three, which will be taking place on the virtual China circuit, will be happening tonight (15th October) from 7:30pm BST. You’ll be able to enjoy all the action live on f1esports.com, or on YouTube here.

Want to find out more about F1® Esports? Check out all the team and driver information over here, as well as everything you need to know about schedules, rules and much more.

F1 Esports Qualifying

If you are enjoying the F1® Esports Pro Series action, you can qualify for next year’s right now (yes, right now!). Load up F1® 2020 and go to the ‘F1 Esports’ to play the event, and if you need more information, just head here…

Beginner’s Guides

If you’re new to the world of F1® games, or in need of a quick refresh, our beginner’s guides are just the thing for you!

You can also check out our YouTube playlist; we’re adding to it all the time, so make sure you bookmark it to come back to.

See you next time!

– Jenny

 

DIRT 5

Not much going on at the moment, right? 😉

We are very much on the home stretch on our journey to DIRT 5’s launch, with November 6 just a couple of weeks away. If we’re out here running livestreams showing off the game, you know we’re close to lift-off – and that’s exactly what we did this week! We went live this Tuesday to bring you a first look at DIRT 5’s Career mode, livery editor, a refresher on Playgrounds and more. If you missed any of the fun, the VOD is on our YouTube channel, and we’ve popped it below:

Just 24 hours before those live shenanigans, we got plenty of people talking with the first ever previews of DIRT 5 running on Xbox Series X, including 120fps options. Even with some expected snags with a work-in-progress build on a work-in-progress console, DIRT 5 and its visual setup received some glowing feedback. Digital Foundry said the game is “shaping up to be a perfect launch title”, whilst the brilliant MRDalekJD simply said “It just looks absolutely gorgeous”.

We’re over the moon with this early feedback to a work-in-progress build, and can’t wait to bring the finished game to you on November 10 for Xbox Series X|S, and also very soon on PlayStation 5. Don’t forget – DIRT 5 on PS5 will also have 120fps capabilities, on top of more next-gen enhancements and utilising the DualSense controller features. More news on that very, very soon.

Phew. Anything else? Just 12 rallycross cars with 600bhp battling around an Italian marble mine in an Ultra Cross event. Oh, and a point-to-point Rally Raid race with modern rally machines blasting through China. No biggie.

If your appetite is whetted by that new gameplay and you can’t even wait for November 6, don’t forget – grabbing the Amplified Edition of DIRT 5 gets you three days early access, as well as the keys to every piece of post-launch content we add to the game in the next 12 months. Sound good? You better head here, then.

– Chris

 

PROJECT CARS 3

Hello racers, it’s that time again for me to guide you through the Project CARS 3 update for the Racing Line! This week I’ll be highlighting some new content that the Slightly Mad Studios team has been working on, and I am personally very excited about it! Let’s get going…

Project CARS 3 Update

A new hotfix is available for PlayStation 4, bringing your game version to 1.06. This hotfix will most likely reset the accolades tracker for a small number of players that were previously experiencing issues with this feature. If you were affected by this, 100,000 in-game credits will be automatically added to your account.

Thank you to the entire Project CARS 3 community for providing us with valuable feedback for the team to improve the game and give you the best possible experience.

Guides

Over the coming weeks, we will be releasing a series of in-depth guides featuring driving techniques that give you an insight into cars and circuits featured in Project CARS 3, helping you become a better racer.

Learn two ways of hitting the apex, saving you precious seconds each lap, and understanding the Performance Index Rating (PIR), so you always strike the perfect balance. After that, get a closer look at Imola and Snetterton for the ultimate corner and trivia expert knowledge.

By now, you may have noticed the different levels these guides fall under. Here’s a breakdown of what these levels mean:

1. Beginner
Entry-level tips for newcomers, teaching you the foundations of racing.

2. Novice
Tips on driving techniques, assists and game mechanics.

3. Experienced
Tuning setups and track guides for you to gain that extra edge.

4. Professional
Advanced tips, deep dives on cars and circuits, and a look under the hood of the Madness Engine that power Project CARS 3 – from the physics to individual track dynamics.

 

Rivals Challenge

One of the most popular features in Project CARS 3 is Rivals Mode. Rivals invites you to challenge drivers worldwide in Monthly, Weekly, and Daily challenges. You only have a limited number of attempts to top the leaderboards, so to make those attempts count and help you save precious seconds from your lap time, we’re releasing a video each week that focuses on the car and track combination found in that week’s Rivals Mode challenge.

Be sure to check our handy YouTube playlist, where you will find all the guide videos in one place, then find your rival in the official leaderboards.

That’s all for this week. As always, if you want to keep up to date on all things Project CARS 3, join the Discord community, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and check our website for regular updates.

– Fernando

 

DIRT RALLY 2.0

Hello everyone, PJ here with your usual roundup of Rally news.

DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – Round 2 Continues

Round 2 of the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series is still ongoing, with the final week of Qualifiers live as you read this. On the Rally side we’ve been using the smooth Spanish tarmac for all three weeks of action; it’s one of my favourite locations in the game as it’s pleasantly easy to drive, but from past experience I know the leaderboards are super tight, as it’s the most hotly-contested location in Time Trial. You’ll need to nail every apex to be in with a shot of making the Playoffs at the end of the month.

Rallycross is doing its usual rotation of Super1600, RX2 and World RX Supercars, using various locations across the official calendar. Remember: if you haven’t done any Qualifiers so far in 2020 you will get the Ford Fiesta R5 MKII after your first, so if you want one of the fastest rally cars in the game it’s worth competing for that alone. You can see Jon Armstrong throw it around Poland here.

One Special Day 2020

SpecialEffect is a UK-based charity that provides help and support for disabled gamers, and on October 2nd we teamed up with them and our friends at Humble Bundle to celebrate One Special Day.

If you’re yet to try out DiRT Rally 2.0 or have a few friends who you think might enjoy the experience, it’s available now on Humble for a specially-discounted price. You can check out the details here, as well as the other great games available in the bundle. At the time of writing this there are just under five days left in the offer, so give it a look during the weekend.

That’s it for now; I’ll catch you all soon and good luck out there on the Stages.

-PJ

 

F1® MOBILE RACING

We have our first monthly winner of the F1® Mobile Racing Esports leagues! Congratulations to ‘Moko’ for winning an unbelievable 3,777 Duels. Props to you for some incredible dedication to the Esports leagues – that’ll take some beating!

Each month we’ll crown a winner, as the F1® Mobile Racing Esports competition continues, with amazing rewards up for grabs. But, if you’re looking for a different kind of challenge, not to worry – there are two live GP Events right now for you take part in and win big in-game goodies. The Exhibition event is a four-race event using fan-favourite tracks, whilst the 0 PI event is all about pure driving skill, as performance parts are removed for all drivers. Good luck!

– Chris

ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

  • The closed beta for Project CARS Go is here! All invites have now been sent out to selected players from the list of applicants, so check your emails to see if you’ve been given access. Keen to find out more about this handheld one-touch racer? Head to the game’s website, and check out the game in action here.
  • This past weekend, we marked World Mental Health Day with a celebration of gaming’s ability to support us through trickier times. We heard some wonderful stories about how Codemasters games have left a lasting affect on our community, and would love to hear more of them – feel free to join the chat here. If you would like to speak to someone about the subject of mental health, we’ve also listed some dedicated organisations here.

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