Everyone raise your pumpkin spiced latte for the final Racing Line of 2019!
As two weeks today we’ll be busy opening presents, spreading festive cheer, and politely smiling as we receive a third Lynx Africa gift set, our fortnightly round-up of all the major Codemasters goings-on won’t be back until the big double-20. We couldn’t help but look back on what has been an incredible 12 months for Codies; massive game launches, E3, Gamescom, esports, games on new platforms, big-time content drops, to name but a few highlights.
Does that mean we’re slowing things down as 2019 comes to a close? Take a look below at another stacked selection of big news and announcements, and decide for yourself…
In the last couple of weeks we’ve crowned the 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Team and Driver Champions and finished the 2020 Challenger Series! Phew! If you missed the excitement of the Grand Final you can watch it right here:
We were treated to some great action in the 2019 Pro Series; the Drivers’ Championship went down to the wire, going down the final race, but we have to say a huge congratulations to Team Champions Red Bull Racing Esports and Drivers’ Champion David Tonizza! Check out our favourite photos from the Grand Final here:
F1 2019 was voted Game Debate’s ‘Best Sim’ of 2019 – thank you to all of you who voted! That’s not all though, F1 2019 has also been nominated for ‘Best Sports/Racing Game’ at The Game Awards!
As this is the last Racing Line of the year, thank you for spending this year with us – we’ve loved every second. We’ll leave you with F1 2019’s special holiday livery – check them out in-game and celebrate the end of the season in style.
See you in 2019!
DIRT RALLY 2.0
We’re finishing the season in style in the world of DiRT Rally 2.0, with new challenges, fresh rewards, and a glimpse into the future. We kicked off December by adding the birthplace of rallycross, Lydden Hill, to the game – which you can check out in action here. Season 4 Stage 1 liveries are now also live, featuring a striking red and yellow design to show off.
It’s been a season of honours for the DiRT crew as well – after the recent nomination in The Game Awards 2019 for Best Racing/Sports Game (with the winner announced tonight!), IGN nominated DiRT Rally 2.0 for its Best Racing Game category in its 2019 awards – and you can vote for us here.
We’re also getting to the sharp end of the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series, brought to you by Codeamsters and Motorsport Network, which has already created some stunningly competitive esports action. This weekend (December 14/15), the latter stages get underway, with live broadcasts of the rallycross quarter-finals and semi-finals on Saturday, followed by the rally quarter-finals and semi-finals on Sunday. Our handy blog post brings you up to speed on the Qualifiers, and shows you how to tune into the action this weekend.
Finally, we couldn’t leave you without pointing towards this again. Something is coming…
Four cars. 16 doors. Ample boot space. Endless fun to be had. GRID Season 1 is now live on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, with the Hot Hatch Showdown bringing the perfect mix of practicality and insanity. Our four new vehicles are joined by the return of the Paris street circuit, with over 30 new Career events making good use of it all. We’ve loved seeing players getting stuck into Season 1, which is just the beginning of GRID’s post-launch plans.
Of course, future Seasons are on the way, with more cars, circuits and events, and we can’t wait to reveal more very early in 2020. Alongside seasons, we’ve also got some extra goodness that’s shaping up nicely, so watch this space. Grabbing GRID Ultimate Edition gives you (or that special someone this Christmas) the keys to Season 1 and everything else we bring to GRID next year.
Our work to continue refining and improving the core GRID experience continues, alongside those waves of new content. At the beginning of this week, we confirmed that public lobbies in Multiplayer will be coming to the game, by January at the latest. A big request from the community, public lobbies have been a priority addition, giving players the chance to browse and enter live lobbies created by other racers. Plenty more work is also ongoing regarding the key community requests, such as adding the option to change the race distance on Career events, and reducing the reliance of AI in Multiplayer Quick Match.
Finally, an early Christmas for those of you yet to find out what GRID is all about: a trial version of GRID is rolling out for console players, starting this week. On December 12 for Xbox One and December 18 for PS4, you can jump into GRID’s opening slate of exhilarating races – from the streets of Shanghai, to the Indianapolis oval, to a rainy Brands Hatch, in a variety of race-ready machines. Boot it up, Get Your Heart Racing, and get a taste of the full GRID experience – more than enough to keep you occupied once the rest of the family fall asleep during the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day.
F1 MOBILE RACING
It’s here! Update 9 for F1 Mobile Racing is out now on iOS and Android, adding to the festive spirit with a host of seasonal treats and additions. Picked up the Christmas Pass yet, or received your in-game advent calendar? We’ve laid out all the new features in Update 9 in our latest blog post.
The headline of the update, though, is the arrival of F1 Esports into F1 Mobile Racing, with the first ever F1 Esports New Balance 2020 Pro Series – Mobile Qualifier! This brand new limited-time event takes our hugely popular GP Events system and adds a money-can’t-buy twist. Enter for free and compete across three races against the world, with your score being added to a global leaderboard. Prizes are up for grabs for quick drivers, but the overall winner of the Mobile Qualifier gets a spot in next year’s F1 Esports Time Trial, meaning they have a shot at entering the 2020 Pro Draft, and being drafted by an F1 team for the Pro Series! This incredible event opens this Friday, so get practising, hone your craft, and begin your journey to gaming greatness. Good luck!
ANY OTHER BUSINESS?
– It’s been a blast bringing GRID Autosport to Nintendo Switch this year, and the new content updates keep on coming. Next week, 2-player split-screen and 8-player local multiplayer come to the game, meaning you can link up with your buds and compete in our critically acclaimed racer. As for online multiplayer, that’s on the way next year, too.
– New decade, new you? Codemasters continues to search for talented people to join our ever-growing team. We’ve recently opened up an application for a Producer in our Live Services team – one of almost 30 positions we’re taking applications for, ranging from programming, to QA, to recruitment. Check out our jobs board for the full list.
– Last but not least, from the entire Codemasters team, we just wanted to say: Season’s Greetings and a happy New Year! Have a wonderful festive period, full of gaming, tenth-shaving, setup-tweaking, stage-winning and title-clinching. We can’t thank all of you enough for your support and guidance as Codemasters continues to set the standard for racing games. Wanna know the best part? We have some massive plans for the end of this year and the start of a new decade. You better watch out.