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  1. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    I'm 99% sure that is not the case... If anything the response to DiRT Rally has confirmed that this direction and focus on authenticity is what the players wanted now. In my opinion the next game will be an expanded DiRT Rally with a bigger budget and console versions. According to Steam Spy DiRT Rally sold about 110 000 digitally as Early Access game - F1 2015 sold less than 30 000 and it's a high profile full release. DiRT Rally is a living proof of giving players what they specifically asked for pays off. Talking about all of this seems a bit premature, we're still about three months from end of EA. I guess the admission that no DLC is in the works and mod-support is not going to happen just made us aware that after enjoying DiRT Rally so much the joyride of Early Access is going to end pretty soon. I'm sure Codies high-ups and execs are planning what to do next and a console pie is too tasty to miss out on it. So they must be thinking: DiRT Rally sold so well as Early Access PC game - surely it will sell well on consoles. So now they're faced with the following choices: 1) Bring DiRT Rally to consoles 2) Complete DiRT Rally on Steam PC and start making a new DiRT Rally like game for consoles and PC 3) Develop DiRT Rally beyond release either with subs or DLC 4) Option 3 while doing the same for consoles Something will happen, we just don't know what yet. By being selfish I'd like DiRT Rally to live on and get stuff added, but the potential revenue from consoles must be very appealing. But do Codemasters have the finances at this time to go all out, big budget on the next DiRT game? I'm just hoping they won't spend what DiRT Rally made on GRID 3....
  2. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    The post on reddit @Azoresst linked to makes it pretty clear there are no plans for DLC. If there are no plans for DLC then it must mean that the devs and artists are moving onto a different project... How did they arrive at a conclusion that post-EA updates will be free...? It was made very clear that Timeline updates would be included in the price, so to save money it made sense to get in right at the start. I do wish that DiRT Rally would become a service - I'd be more than happy to pay some money every month for development of new locations/stages/cars and features (stage evolution), but based on the signals we're seeing the plan is to complete EA of DiRT Rally and do something else. However, I think that something else will take the message given by people who played DiRT Rally and console players who really wished they could play it, to make DiRT Rally MAX or something... and not go back to the dudebro bonanza and lack of authenticity of rally. But then again would I like to wait 1-2 years for a release? To be honest no... I feel the wait for DiRT Rally since D3 was long enough, and now with such an amazing base I'd love it if the game was developed and improved  beyond it's nominal release.
  3. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Haha smoooooth return to the topic at hand :D :tongue: I've not seen that much Gossip lately, but noticed that people start to wonder what will happen in a couple of months time. There is a clear plan from the timeline on what content will be added, we know that there's more cars on the way and MP mode. However, what is not quite clear what happens when EA is over. Of course, the game will go to v1.0 and be available for puchase, but in a way that's the state right now. With such commercial issues at hand the devs perhaps do not have a permission to discuss yet whether there will be any DLC or what post-release packs of features or content there are plans for. Will the end of Early Access mark the end of development of DiRT Rally? Will Codemasters work on and release consoles versions of DiRT Rally? There seems to be an apetite for it... The dev team is clearly focused on what they've promised/announced for Early Access, but I do wonder that the execs are planning.
  4. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Another must-read interview with @KickUp http://www.redbull.com/en/games/stories/1331736195317/dirt-rally-interview-making-the-best-rally-sim
  5. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    I think it's more complicated than that. WRC commercial rights holder gave the licence to Big Ben Interactive, who employed Kylotonn to make the game and had Milestone do it in the past. If Big Ben is still making money from such poor efforts why would they change how things are? We can only hope that the licence deal runs out soon, the commercial rights holder has enough of such poor representation of the sport and then makes the deal with Codies for a not too restrictive series of games...
  6. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    That is the strangest trailer I've ever seen.. Plenty of the piss filter early on, some shots looked as if they are phase shift photography and I kept waiting for 'NOT actual gameplay footage', because the way the car moved was so weird. See... I'm not blaming them for trying and I suspect if I played it I may like a thing or two. But soon after I'd grow MIGHTY frustrated with how shit it is overall. Then I remember how much sweat my body gave out when I tried to complete some stages in Greece with the 306 or Lancia 037. There are no games on the horizon, which would give as much fun and excitement as DiRT Rally. Milestone and Kylotonn (?) are trying, but there's such a huge canyon between them and DiRT Rally. All Codemasters need to do is add a bit more content to DiRT Rally, polish it here and there, take it to consoles and then swim in the cash they make... :tongue:
  7. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    For 2015..... ? No way... and Showdown? Getta outta here... Anyone brave enough in Photoshop to paste someone from Codies onto the 'IT'S HAPPENING' gif... ? :P Joking aside I don't believe this... If Codies are to release a DiRT game for consoles it should be DiRT Rally!
  8. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    @OttoWilson nice research, only think u have to remember is that u have to count the 2 stages that still has to come: Flying Finland and Winterwonder land, lets say both are also 20 km +/- then u got around the 120km total in DiRT Rally , close to CMR DiRT, Not to forget its not fair to compare, to RBR, Because DiRT Rally and CMR DiRT got also Pikepeak and Rallycross ( Only DiRT Rally) That are also stage km. I do hope that there will be new stages added later on the rallies we got now, ( for example the wineyards stages in the Germany rally) I think it was not made visible/clear to players just how much smaller the team and the budget for DiRT Rally was compared to DiRT 3 (and most likely previous DiRTs). At times team developing DiRT Rally was tiny compared to what people would expect. Focus of the Southam Codemasters studio has been on DiRT Rally only recently - before it was GRID 2 and GRID Autosport. Now, with the sales of DiRT Rally being really good, the team is likely to have more support and more budget, but they won't get an army of devs and a swimming pool of $$$ to accomodate all our wishes. Even now there's a team making an Overlord game and it's likely that fixing F1 2015 is taking resources away from Southam to Birmingham. Then bear in mind that the overall number of devs/employees at the main studio in Southam has decreased significantly compared to the glory days of DiRT 3 - of course I don't have the numbers, but car parks are far from full... I know that players really enjoy DiRT Rally and #1 improvement, which would make the game even more rally authentic would be to have so many stage kilometres that you'd have to rely on pace notes for months. But people need to realise just how expensive and time consuming it is to produce a stage with such a detail and quality as we have in DR. It's 2-3 people, highly skilled well earning artists, working for most of a year... It's no secret that Codies are not swimming in cash so despite the success of DiRT Rally they are still on a shoe string budget. All I know from my chats with the devs that the success and hugely positive reaction to DiRT Rally did not go unnoticed upstairs at Codies. There's a clear plan and budget for DiRT Rally, there's gathering of wishes and feedback, there's a push on keeping it getting better and better.
  9. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    First screenshots of Lydden Hill :  http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/kent-racing-circuit-treat-for-40297/
  10. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Wat did you guys get from it?  Deformation stood out for me, visually showing it or not, its a interesting subject. I'm really happy that the subject of road deformation and evolution came up in that interview.  I've written about it on the forum before and even annoyed Paul with an email once.  I've mentioned it during the visit to Codies and I was told that visually it is doable, but to have that influence the grip and balance it all out would be very tricky. Here's my post from over a year ago in the Wish-list thread: http://forums.codemasters.com/discussion/comment/1697/#Comment_1697 (I've just noticed that Paul C. 'agreed' that post) I now regret not asking about it while I had a chance in Holjes - I assumed such a feature would not be possible for a while. Is it something you're actively looking into now @KickUp ?
  11. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    I can see what they've tried there with the dust on the side of the car. I love how light dust is thrown sideways by the WRC beasts and how it curls up on the inside of the car as it slides. I can see they've tried to have this sideways kick-up activate when the car is sliding, but it doesn't look very natural... I can also hear they've tried to include the sound of the VW Polo WRC when it's off throttle under braking and at times (in the hood cam) it sounds believable. The stages are definitely too wide, I can't judge the handling from looking but it definitely is nowhere near DiRT Rally when it comes to detail of car handling simulation. If they release a demo I'll give it 10 minutes of my time... Maybe, but not if comes out when one of DiRT Rally updates land :D
  12. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    It would have been funny if Loeb was confirmed to take part in Dakar, take the wins and prevent Mikko from taking any... That kept happening for so many years in WRC!  Mikko may be thinking: 'Not this guy again...' :tongue: In Holjes there were plenty of situations worthy of a Steam achievement... I can't wait for the next batch to be released once RX pack is live! 'Crazy Norwegian and his rottweiler' 'Happy Street' 'Oj oj oj'
  13. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    I've read loads of posts on F1 2015 about it's online multiplayer - now I'm quite glad DiRT Rally is not using the new engine and tech from F1 2015... Hopefully, the PvP mode for RX and possibly rally will use the tech from previous DiRT games, which didn't have any signifcant issues as I recall. I used to play the F1 games a LOT and compete every weekend in F1 leagues. It would have been so gutting to find out that the new game is completely unplayable due to de-syncing of players and glitches. In addition Cutom lobbies are not there anymore, neither is the online ranking system. I just hope that the MP in DiRT Rally for RX will allow the players to create really custom lobbies, create a mix of events (Rally stages, RX events, Hillclimb) and limit assists. It's clear that the F1 2015 devs ran out of time - with Early Access I'd rather wait a bit to have a fully functional and reliable Multiplayer mode.
  14. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    It would have been VERY cool if DiRTy Devs released their interpretation of the 2017 WRC rules for DiRT Rally :D Make a car model resembling a hatchback, follow the dimensions and guidelines to make the wings and bodywork, slap on a huge wing and put Codies stickers on it. Definte the engine to match the expected parameters (380hp and loads of torque), do some other magic and release it for DiRT Rally as a demonstration of their speed :) It would be a good advert for Codemasters to get the WRC licence off Big Ben :P :P
  15. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Yeah, I think Borseth is the orange Fiesta. The Drive for Life team is run by Borseth, though Borseth normally drives a Focus and I don't recall him ever driving with the door number 43, so that may be a different driver in the orange Fiesta. I think it's not supposed to Borseth's car - it's a Fiesta with a livery of the Drive for Life foundation. Just played a bit of F1 2015 - it's an improvement in handling over previous games and looks very pretty at times. The AI is good - aggressive and have good pace. But... after playing it back-to-back with DiRT Rally there's just no comparison. DiRT Rally is so much more engaging and exhilarating! Once the RX update lands we'll have the direct racing mode. I should maybe give a bit more time and work on wheel and FFB settings, but for my personal preference rally and how DiRT Rally captures is so much more fun!  When driving thoughts such as 'Ojojoj' 'That was close' 'Save it' 'Sidewaaaaays' go through my head - so much more is happening! I've tried this custom FFB file from RaceDep and it works quite well (link) - I'll re-load the stock file to check if it's actually better :) 
  16. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Whoa this escalated quickly! :D How did you guys manage go from talking about RX to talking about bacon and popcorn? :open_mouth: The RX licence news piece was picked by many websites - it's really good for this to get some exposure. Having played and seen the enthusiasm for it over in Holjes I really think it will add lots of excitement to the game. Does anybody know what the general view is on the launch of the new F1 game? I hope it hasn't demolished the good work on CM reputation that DiRT Rally has done. I'm thinking of getting it on PC soon - long long time ago I used to spend countless hours racing online in the F1 games.
  17. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Ha! Lots of drunk Swedes I imagine? Yup, it was only Swedes and no one else...... Hopefully, the 'more' stuff Lee is referring to will be a clip from World RX - I think they would show the game in motion :)
  18. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Almost an entire DiRT Rally Road Book on rallycross. I'm in a happy place right now. Now where are those Holjes pictures @GentleNameMVB and @justbiglee ? There's more on RX coming today, but not sure what that will be. I've had another look through the pics and they're not great... Some pics of cars in the paddock, maybe 20 from the circuit and some recorded clips which I'll edit into an amateur video ;] Most of the pics are from the walk along the Happy Street and maybe it's best they don't make into the public domain...
  19. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    I think it was already confirmed by FIA World RX Twitter account that first pack will have Höljes (very early August) , while the second will add Hell and Lydden Hill (end of August) . 
  20. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    I'm a bit bored at work these days... And still buzzing from the weekend in Sweden so wanted to say things before I forget. And as the weekend proved I talk too much. Your post about the triple post was very valuable - thank you for adding to the Gossip discussion :)
  21. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    This week's DiRT Rally Road Book is really worth reading: http://blog.codemasters.com/dirt/07/dirt-rally-road-book-080715/ The extra work on RX cars means the update release will slip into beginning of August. It may sound like a bad thing, but it's not. Now that the DiRTy devs have met the drivers and coaches from Swedish Motorsport Foundation they'll be able to get certain Swedish drivers with famous last names to try out the improved cars on their brand new simulation rig. The blog may not fully explain that the kind of feedback the drivers gave was the best kind: first impressions. If you were to give them an hour they'd adjust to how the game wanted them to handle the cars and the resulting feedback would not be that true. They only had a couple of attempts, which meant they picked up on what can be improved very quickly. Also to repeat what I wrote in one of my previous post: the team behind World RX are very keen and interested in this collaboration so if possible they will create opportunities for Codies to improve the RX side in the game and will promote the game to promote their championship.
  22. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Here's a replay of the livestream for Höljes round of the World RX: http://livestream.com/fiaworldrallycross/round62015sweden About 3 minutes in there's a mention that World RX will be featured in DiRT Rally and there are some moving shots above driver shoulder.  If I remember correctly the RX video team will prepare a longer edit showing the Höljes track in DiRT Rally. 
  23. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Haha fair enough I did play something DiRTy then :) But it wasn't a proper session full of me visiting Welsh dense forests or ditches in Greece ;]  You and the Swedish Cross-kart kids kept giving me dirty looks to get me off the seat!
  24. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    I'm sure he doesn't hold the spoon with too much grip - it needs to slide in his fingers as he puts the gravelly cereal into his mouth :)  I've not played DiRT Rally for over a week... And now I have in-laws visiting...  At least my head is full of really exciting Gossip :P
  25. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    I really don't know whether two RX updates will be grouped into one - that subject never came up, which is surprising because I was properly annoying with all my questions :) My suspicion (and this is really me Gossiping) is that it will still be two updates, the first one just won't come out before the end of this month. If it all ends up rolling into one big updatet it just means that more work was needed to modify the car handling and modify appearance of one of the cars. When it comes to the cars I think I can only say that I've seen the cars, which were in the trailer so Olsbergs and Team Austria Ford Fiestas will be in. I can't share a clip I recorded as it shows a car, which is not signed off. I think it will be a good line-up of cars and the team will try hard to make them handle slightly differently to each other by using information on how the cars are configured in real life and by setting them up to match what we see on TV/think of what they should be like to drive. I haven't played enough myself to judge it all e.g. collisions, intricate track details or format of the career. All that was available to play to public was a 3-lap race at Holjes with really tough AI :) Hopefully, later this week the FIA World RX will put up a video. Was there any mention of the game on the livestream?
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