Last week at Codemasters, we had the joy of finally announcing DiRT Rally 2.0 to the world! Since the critically acclaimed DiRT Rally came out three years ago, our community have been itching to get back into the driving seat of the ‘Dark Souls of racing’.
Now the cat’s finally out of the bag, we’re so excited to start talking about what the game will feature and what we’ve done to make it the most authentic off-road racing experience yet.
While there a whole host of amazing things we want to talk about, here are the top headlines from the announcement:
1. Stunning new locations
DiRT Rally 2.0 will take you on a tour of the most challenging and beautiful off-road racing environments in the world. Whether it’s the twisting technical stages in New Zealand, the narrow, rocky dangers of Argentina, or the fast and flowing sandy stages of Poland, you’ll need to work hard to keep your wheels on the road.
2. Rallycross returns – with more circuits!
DiRT Rally 2.0 is the official licensed game of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and will launch with the first eight rounds of the World RX Championship! It only gets better though – after the game releases we’ll be dropping more circuits into the game as the season progresses.
Players will also be able to commandeer the Audi S1 RX and the Volkswagen Polo R for the first time in game – and with an acceleration of 0-100kph in less than two seconds (that’s faster than an F1 car!), they offer some serious horsepower to tame.
3. We’ve got a real life rally driver on board
We’ve had a secret weapon in our arsenal for DiRT Rally 2.0 – and that weapon is real life rally driver and off-road esports champion Jon Armstrong. He’s been with us in the development studio every day, helping us tweak and finesse the new handling model for maximum authenticity.
Rally driver Ryan Champion has also been working with the development team to capture that real life rally feeling too, so we’ve got some experienced high calibre experts helping us on our handling.
4. We’ve introduced a new GT class
Not only do we have some brand-new rally cars as well as some returning classics, but we’ve also added a completely new class to proceedings. The brand spanking GT class brings some serious muscle to the DiRT games, with tarmac-attacking beasts like the 911 RGT Rally Spec joining the ranks of the rally icons you all know and love.
5. The launch is just the beginning
While we’re super excited to get DiRT Rally 2.0 into players’ hands in February, the fun doesn’t stop there. We have big plans to provide on-going support to the title, whether that be through cars, tracks, or community requests! It’s an extraordinarily exciting time for off-road racers, and we hope you can join us for the road ahead.