Codies Racing Line: February 11, 2021
Listen: whilst we do like to have a bit of fun here on the Racing Line from time to time, we won’t be stooping so low as to theme this latest edition around Valentine’s Day, which is this Sunday. Come on people – we’re better than that.
On the face of it, it may seem like an easy win, but we know that not everyone feels the need to celebrate February 14th in such a luvvy-duvvy way. Besides, there are more important matters at hand, like bringing you the latest update on all the news, reveals and highlights from Codemasters titles in the past fortnight!
Very exciting stuff, as always, is on the agenda today, with star-studded esports action, build-up to an upcoming World Series, and some of the very best player-created content we’ve ever seen in our games. There’s no time to lose!
Everyone: put the controller down for just a moment, and kick back with another edition of the Racing Line. Oh, and whatever you do – don’t look at the first letter of these opening four paragraphs…
(Image by ’23RL23′)
First things first: No major news this week regarding DIRT 5’s next update, which will include new content and some key changes. We’re continuing to make good progress and for all the finer details regarding the next game update, I highly recommend the official DIRT 5 Discord server and subreddit. Here, I’m taking your questions and providing regular updates on progress. See you there, yeah?
With that in mind, this week’s update is all about the best DIRT 5 content that you’ve been creating, and we’ve been highlighting across our official channels. Of course, that includes the best custom racing arenas from Playgrounds – and last week we rolled out the latest ‘Playgrounds of the Month’ video, giving props to some of the most incredible maps made in January:
Every Monday we’re putting your virtual photography skills to the test, with a fresh photo mode contest. Each week we choose a winner and feature their shot on our social profiles for all to see. This week’s competition was a doozee, as we asked for your best shots of some of the biggest machines in DIRT 5 from the Pre-Runners class. Check out some of the top contenders here – then circle back to our channels next Monday to find out the theme of our next contest.
Finally, we’ve continued our collaboration with the fantastic organisation CALM, who are leading a movement against suicide and providing support for those struggling with their mental health. Recruiting the talents of Racing Ahead creator Merginator, a special Playground ‘The CALM Zone’, is now available to search and play on for all platforms – a Smash Attack event with a CALM motif and using the CALM livery, which we added to DIRT 5 in December last year.
Take on the Playground and show us your best time! If you, or anyone you know, is seeking support with their mental, CALM is here to listen and help. Visit their website or call their free hotline on 0800 58 58 58.
Hello, it’s time to get cosy for this week’s F1® 2020 Racing Line!
Virtual Grand Prix
Last Sunday’s Virtual Grand Prix had a stellar line-up, as the drivers, sports stars and content creators took to the virtual Silverstone Circuit for charity. George Russell reached the chequered flag first and made it five wins in a row, but not before some tense battling with Alex Albon and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. If you missed it, you missed out on some great action – but don’t worry, you can catch the highlights here:
The third Virtual Grand Prix of the series takes place on 14th February, live on Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. It’s the last chance for teams to compete for a share of a $100,000 charity prize pot, so get ready for more drama on Sunday. Make sure you’re watching live from 6pm GMT!
F1® Esports Challengers
Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to the third event of the Challengers, which gets underway from 7pm GMT, 23rd February, live on Twitch. We know that’s a little while away, so in the meantime, catch up on all the action so far with our handy playlist:
Finally, if you’re new to the world of F1® games, or in need of a quick refresh, our beginner’s guides are for you. We’ve been releasing track guides regularly so that you can get to grips with every circuit in the F1® calendar. You can find our guide of Mexico’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, which we revealed earlier this week, below:
See you next time,
DIRT RALLY 2.0
Hello everyone, PJ here once again with a quick rally update.
DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series Grand Finals
Earlier today we solidified our plans for the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series, and announced Thrustmaster as the series’ official partner. You can watch the world’s best rally and rallycross players duke it out on February 27, and if you missed any of the action from this season, it’s all here.
All of our finalists have been sent identical hardware (both PC and wheels) to use during the Grand Finals, so this is truly a level playing field to see who’s the best of them all.
That’s it for now – catch you all in a few weeks when we’re ready to crown this year’s champions.
PROJECT CARS 3
Hello fellow racers! How’s February treating you? Hopefully by now you’ve mastered all those corners in Project CARS 3, have a wealthy load of credits and a garage full of exotic machines. Over here at Slightly Mad Studios, it’s business as usual as we work to deliver the next DLC pack – stay tuned for that in the upcoming months.
Next Gen Update
This is a topic that the community has asked about frequently, so I thought I’d update everyone on where Project CARS 3 stands in relation to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles. You’re be able to play Project CARS 3 as a backwards compatible title on PlayStation 5 and the new Xbox consoles. Besides the extra power that these consoles provide natively, however, there are no other enhancements made to the game itself.
We will continue to support the game with additional updates and extra content as planned, but none of these updates will include a next generation update or enhancements.
The ever-increasing popularity of Rivals mode in Project CARS 3 continues to offer players an array of challenging new cars and track combinations. Climb to the top of the leaderboards with daily, weekly and monthly challenges that offer you in-game rewards at the end of each month, depending on your ranking. Be sure to keep an eye on our online leaderboards, where we rank the top PC drivers, and list the current week’s Rivals event.
Before I finish this week’s entry, I’d like to leave you with some of my favourite photo mode shots from the community shared using the hashtag #ProjectCARS3 on social media. I simply love collecting these, so please, keep on snapping and sharing!
That’s it from me this week. Come hang out with the rest of the community in our Discord server, and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Project CARS 3 news by following us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and the Project CARS website.
F1® MOBILE RACING
There has been a big focus on community in F1® Mobile Racing this past fortnight, with in-game competitions and activities on our channels all centred around spotlighting the best drivers and creators! Let me show you what I mean…
Let’s start in the game, which is of course available to download now for free on iOS and Android. We’ve just wrapped up the Community Challenge GP Event – a five-round series at a quintet of locations chosen by our players. When the dust settled, it was ‘BRASSMONKEY’ who finished top of our leaderboard, so congrats to them!
Meanwhile, we’ve been asking for shots of your best custom liveries for your F1 car in the game, and you didn’t disappoint. Thanks for all your submissions – check out some of the best designs here.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS?
– Keep an eye out for ongoing or upcoming sales on Codemasters games across multiple platforms, with some sweet deals to be found! Right now on Steam, Xbox and our own website store, you can pick up F1 2020 at 60% off, DIRT 5 for 50% off, or GRID at 75% off, with the Steam and website sale also offering DiRT Rally 2.0 at a 75% discount. We’ll drop some handy links below!