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  1. MastaVonBlasta

    2020 FIA World Rally Championship

    Toyota are nowhere near the level of preparation VW was aiming for and achievement during the season before joing the competition. Toyota team based in Finland are still assembling technical staff, while VW was probably at the same flat out finishing off the VW Polo R V1, which would then later hit test stages for ****loads of kms ahead of the season. Mr Makinnen mentioned they want to start testing in spring, but VW had established drivers, a test mule in Fabia, a test car soon after, unlimited testing and a full team in place. Either Toyota Gazoo steps on it right now or they risk embarassing themselves come WRC 2017 season start...
  2. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    I've been championing evolving stage conditions for a while now. And I know for a fact @KickUp would really like to have such a system/technology in place to do it justice...  But I also know that it's very difficult to get right and requires more time than we have until the release on the consoles. Here are my posts about evolving stages: http://forums.codemasters.com/discussion/comment/104642#Comment_104642 http://forums.codemasters.com/discussion/comment/1697#Comment_1697 My one wish... Dynamic stage conditions - roads would change over time depending on number of cars that passes - previous weather would have an effect on how and how quickly the stage conditions would change - a bit of randomly generated holes and ruts - feedback from safety crews to help the player gauge how much to push - pace note additions to cover safety crew findings - mud dragged onto tarmac - gravel cleaning, less grip for the first car on the road, gradual increase in grip levels if you stay on the line This thread is not really meant to be a wishlist, but a feature like the above was never seen in Codies games and I think it would have made @KickUp smile. But... when I put my Gossip hat on I don't think it's the one hinted. I suspect the game engine version used in DiRT Rally may limit how much 'evolution' the stage can have. If I'm proven wrong about this I'd be VERY happy though :)
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    DiRTy Gossip

    Yes please. I'm sick and tired of the Fiesta, bring on the proper rally Ford :D  I must confess I much prefer the look of the Fiesta over the Focus. Ford will be keen to market the Focus RS though, so I using the Focus would make sense from a PR point. That would mean M-Sport would have to develop a brand new car for RX... I would not have anything against and I actially quite like the look of the Focus RS. In RX spec it definitely would not need a 'DRIFT' button :) Now that we've mentioned I wonder if Codies and World RX are planning to top up DiRT Rally with some RX content for the console release....
  4. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Ha maybe @KickUp got early info about Ken Block's full 2016 campaign in World RX? :tongue: :tongue: http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/article/9071/block-confirms-full-world-rx I suspect and hope that Codies will keep on working with World RX to expant its content in DiRT Rally so we may see Ken's livery officially in the game at some point in the future... :) I personally don't mind and I'm intrigued to see how he fares against really fast drivers in World RX. I'm sure @tbtstt will know more, but M-Sport prepared RX Fiesta with Ford Performance support won't be a slow machine... Back to the game Gossip - @Azoresst reminded me about the tutorial videos that were mentioned by the team a while back. I'm not so convinced about a Rally School anymore...
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    DiRTy Gossip

    I completely understand what you mean. What if it was more than just a tutorial, but it also came with a practice/fooling around area? For example a large tarmac area, near a de-comissioned power station, in London because it's a famous location. You could do drifts, slides and donuts... Oh, wait.... :tongue: Joking aside if it's a Rally School I'd welcome a practice area to try out cars and tweak setups quickly. Another feature, which I think would fit the bill is..... I just don't know... Custom music playlist?  Nah, not important at all. Stage generator/editor/builder - doubt it, that would be a very expensive feature. Livery editor? Doubt it. A high quality Rally School with a training area? It would be expensive to create if a new location would have to be modelled.
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    DiRTy Gossip

    Been following the conversation on Twitter and this does make things interesting: as said above most of the cars we want have been a part of DiRT at some point, so what on earth could it be? One of McRae's earlier WRC cars perhaps? The Legacy or the S4/S5 Impreza WRC? Or a bigger feature, like the rally school? See, @KickUp is a pretty cool customer so I don't think he'd call Tuesday a cool today unless it was something new and big, and previously declined... Would @KickUp get that excited about a car in the game? Possibly, but what other really legendary cars are out there, which are not in the game already? (Forget Toyota and Porsche, and Citroen to some extent) I really think it's a feature. Custom pace note recording? No point and probably time consuming to develop, and pace notes are awesome already. What else would @KickUp be asking for a while... Surely many things! Great to have something to Gossip about again! :) I'm sticking with my Rally School feature guess :)
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    DiRTy Gossip

    I'm struggling for reasonable guesses here... I doubt it will be a car or a location - these would take too long to create in time for April release on consoles. I also doubt it would be a big new feature - also because of time limitations. Three and a bit months to release wouldn't be enough to introduce for example a new replay system or evolving stage conditions. If @KickUp is getting approval now then it would be a mid-sized feature in my opinion. My guess is a Rally School with voice over/videos from someone cool, based on the guide that @KickUp was preparing.
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    DiRTy Gossip

    Create a very different game, call it DiRT Rally, receive great user and critics reviews. Announce it for consoles. Change the name to DiRT 4, which for some would carry a negative connotation. No chance. DiRT Rally made a name for itself - that's what will come out on consoles :)
  9. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Yep The mention of some really exciting stuff coming through @KickUp 's inbox (during the DiRT Show) made me really tingly and I have no idea what it could be! :D  It could be so many things... But I'd guess it would be some sort of an external partnership, not an internal go ahead to build a new feature into the game. In the best news of 2016 so far I'm pleased to announce that I've managed to fix my Logitech Profiler issues and am back on DiRT Rally. Aaaaand I really suck at it....
  10. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    True...  It was great to hear @KickUp talking about the support from 'upstairs' and how the vision he and the DiRT team ( @justbiglee was also there fighting so hard for it) proven itself in gamer's and critic's praise. And in good sales. I had the pleasure to meet the guys and hear more about it how DiRT Rally came together, and trust me fellow DiRTy Gossipers it wasn't easy.... I'm so happy that the DiRT team is finishing 2015 on such a high, after putting out the best Early Access programme I've ever seen ( it all started in @justbiglee 's orange DiRT book) they have the commitment and reward for their efforts to bring this amazing and pure experience to consoles. The interview shows that doubters within Codies were silenced and the future for DiRT Rally Legend Version or future DiRT Rally game is bright. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it all (Holjes trip was my best motorsport experience) and  for letting me have an early sneak peek here and there. I have one little request... Could you put the 'DiRTy Keyboard' in the corner of the room during the DiRT Show and light it up for a couple of seconds? :tongue:  It's also awesome how this thread has become the hub for avid DiRT Rally fans and a bit of a symbol of the group of players the game was made for. Merry DiRTy Christmas to Gossipers!
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    DiRTy Gossip

    With such a positive reaction to DiRT Rally and about 200 000 sales on Steam Codies are making a really good move by bringing it to consoles. If I read it correctly the recent co-publishing deal means that an investment will made into porting the PC DiRT Rally to PS4 XBOne. I suspect that investment will mean some new features, locations and cars. Codies have laid out their plans for Early Access and stuck to them. Now, the DiRT team, with company's backing and funds can make it even better. That's what I think this Legend edition will be. I think that the current owners of DiRT Rally on Steam will see their game grow when it launches on consoles in April 2016 :)
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    DiRTy Gossip

    The air time in Sweden isn't something you need to worry about. More like keeping the car inside the snow banks. It's tight and technical. Best stages in the game imo :) Word... The width of the road between banks and car's responsiveness makes it very tricky... So... it seems that DiRT Rally is on the way to consoles! That's great news! :) But I doubt it will come out in 2015...
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    DiRTy Gossip

    If there was a one car Codies would spend a good amount of licencing money then it would be the VW Polo WRC. The dominator, awesome and would even tempt players who were unsure of a purchase. I won't be surprised if it gets added. There was a tweet by Jon Tucker from over a year ago where he posted a photo of the VW Polo WRC R with text: 'Braking news.'  It can really happen :) And just as @BrySkye pointed out the other WRC cars in DiRT Rally do not have 'WRC' in their names. It's all down to whether the manufacturer had an exclusive deal with someone else. It's possible that VW don't when it comes to the WRC car and they wanted their amazing machine to be featured in the best rally game out there.
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    DiRTy Gossip

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-11-25-codemasters-re-focuses-on-racing-games-as-it-closes-battle-decks-studio 'The success of DiRT Rally's Early Access programme has been incredible'. I think Codies know they need to bring DiRT Rally to consoles pronto!
  15. MastaVonBlasta

    2020 FIA World Rally Championship

    I can see the reasoning  behind Citroen's decision to miss out on 2016 and come back strong in 2017 when the beasty new cars will come in. However, that leaves up to 9 factory seats in the 2016 championships, out of which 5-6 are very firm. I do think there's more talented drivers deserving a WRC drive than 9... And that will leave without much to do in 2016... The sad state of WRC is that even for privateers it's challenging to attract sponsors willing to fork out for a full campaign, as they just don't see the return in terms of promotion. Are VW going about WRC in a good way? Absolutely yes - they've created an unbeatable combo of team + car + driver and it seems no other manufacturer wants to go that HARD at WRC. It's quite interesting that VW still want to do it, with the emissions scandal going on. I hoped there would be some movement in the factory teams for next year, but there just won't be any. 2016 will be a bit of gap, slow year after which we'll hopefully see a good revolution.
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    DiRTy Gossip

    Maybe it's because you're studying agriculture! :D  Of all the games one can kill time in your case playing Farming Sim is pretty close to coursework :P
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    2020 FIA World Rally Championship

    I understand that in recent years privateers such as Prokop, Bertelli, Al-Qassimi or Protasov were welcome line-up fillers and sometimes brought points home. This is espcially true for Prokop. But out of all those private teams only Kubica had the pace on both surfaces to mix it up and really get among the factory teams. I really can't understand why there isn't a company willing to sponsor Kubica's seat at a factory team for all the worldwide attention it would bring. It's beyond me, but I can see why a primarily Polish market based Lotos won't do it. I'm biased again, but Toyota should have a good look at Kubica and keep him gaining experience in 2016, before taking him into the factory team. Without a manufacturer support M-Sport will not provide a car capable of mixing it with the VWs and others - more cash for development is needed. What will happen with M-Sport for 2017 when new regs come into place? Mads Ostberg - nice guy, but bringing P4-P8 doesn't excite people, and it's a sad state of affairs that Citroen is happy with that Neuville - what happened to him? Paddon - love this guy, 3 year contract with Hyundai was a great move for both Meeke - he's got the pace, with a bit more job security he'll be a consistent frontrunner WRC promoter - can do better
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    DiRTy Gossip

    Seems like they could be moving headquaters but not sure if that article is legit? WAT?   Where does it say anything about moving headquarters? :O Not sure why Codies have changed the publisher, but I'm hoping it means that Koch Media will co-fund development of the next games. I think it's well known that recent years haven't been the most successful for Codies, so any cash injection would be welcome. If I had a publishing business I'd definitely get in early with DiRT Rally-like game on consoles as it's likely to do quite well.
  19. MastaVonBlasta

    2020 FIA World Rally Championship

    Well, I'm a bit worried about the WRC for next year. It's a bit like Merc in F1 - there's no team and no driver that will challenge VW for the titles. Unless, the 2016 Hyundai turns out to be decent... I also wish that Robert Kubica will stay in WRC category. I am a bit of a fanboy, but nevertheless think that he's got the potential to be a WRC star and near the top if given a chance. So here's my predicted line-up: VW: Same as 2015 Citroen: Meeke and Lefebvre/Ostberg Hyundai: Paddon and Sordo, Abbring in the third car M-Sport: Tanak, Neuville and Bertelli (there's a rumour Bertelli will bring lots of $$$ and have a factory seat) My preferred line-up for 2016: VW: Same as 2015 Citroen: Meeke and Lefebvre  (Ostberg is nothing special, Citroen will keep the French driver Lefebvre but his pace is average) Hyundai: Paddon and Sordo, Kubica in the third car M-Sport: Tanak, Neuville and Evans (but this won't happen unless M-Sport find a big sponsor)
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    DiRTy Gossip

    Haha and in a typical fashion DiRT Rally update rolls out a day before I'm off on holiday :D :D Can't wait to hear the feedback on the update and then move onto Gossip on what cars will be rolled out as part of the Winter Wonderland :) I've just noticed that DiRTy Gossip thread now has over 200 K views! :O That's quite a few... I like it that it's become such an active place on the forum, but at times maybe it would be better if chat about steering wheels or other less Gossipy subject was done somewhere else. Either way it's November already - perhaps the month of DiRT Rally full release! Can't believe that back in March we thought we'd have to wait much much longer. So much has happened since then and so much was achieved by the DiRT team. What a great success this has been. I'm not a betting man, but even I would bet that DiRT Rally v1.5 will come out on consoles in 2016. Gossip.
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    DiRTy Gossip

    WRC 1-4 and many of the recent titles (AC Unity, Batman Arkham Knight on PC, THPS5) taught me never to buy on release date and for the full price. Except for DiRT Rally! :D I do hope SLRE turns out decently and keeps a developer in business, but I won't commit to a purchase until lots of people I'd trust try it out :) However, if you're a console only player I guess you'd have a reason to be desperate for anything rally to play!
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    DiRTy Gossip

    Looooooong long time ago, in the early days of the Gossip thread I posted a link to Jon Tucker's tweet. It showed the VW Polo WRC and said 'Braking news...'. It was a long while ago, things may have changed, but I'm still hoping the VW Polo will be a part of the Modern Masters pack :)
  23. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Unless it's one more of these cheeky mistakes with the website... but that's unlikely :) Whoever is keen to get it ASAP (isn't that everyone?) should have their Steam open at 2pm (that's when historically updates would go live)
  24. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Thanks, yeah got to spend the day with the family. Now it's business time ;) DiRTy kind business or the Flight of the Conchords business time? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqZcYPEszN8 Either way... should be a good day for DiRT :) Unforuntaly, I'll be away for a week and half so won't get to join on the hype. Oh, wait - I've played it! :D  :tongue:
  25. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Hey! Stop snooping!! Snoopers!! We prefer the term 'Gossipers' :) DiRTy methods, but snooping is something reserved for facebook... No announcement of DiRT Show today so I guess the update is not rolling out today...
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