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  1. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Hello, I've been following tweets, hints, interviews and posts appearing from Codemasters on the next rally game. I wanted to put the information in one place so that we can all try reading too much into it all 🙂 If you spot a hint or an article please post in this thread - cheers! (Arranged in a slightly random order...) Codies Weekly Update blog entry 11-04.2014 http://blog.codemasters.com/2014/04/codies-weekly-update-11-04-14/ It’s like the calm before the storm this week, developers are getting builds ready, the PR guys are preparing PR stuff and the Community Team are busy teasing something… When I read the above I got very excited! The teaser next week may be for the next racing game (GRID TOCA?), F1 2014 (too early in the year IMO) or 😐 maybe just maybe the next rally game. Even a gaming site picked up this teasing paragraph🙂 Could this be? https://twitter.com/dirtgame/status/434359333204131841 Throwback Thursday tweets https://twitter.com/dirtgame/status/451750782237294593 https://twitter.com/dirtgame/status/449194387965095936 https://twitter.com/dirtgame/status/441599219326287872 https://twitter.com/dirtgame/status/436543658355990528 #tbt can mean many things, but I'll read into this what I want - the next game will be much closer to CMR series than ever 🙂 Codies Weekly Update blog entry 11-04.2014 Great write up by @justbiglee on what DiRT devs were up to when they travelled to Wales to spectate on WRC Rally Wales GB. Would they bother if they weren't making something? 🙂 DiRT Scooby adventures: Paul Coleman's blog entries Very interesting insight into how Paul and Jon decided to compete as a team on rally stages. So now chief designer on the next rally game is an active co-driver and project manager is a rally driver? I'd say that's a pretty good set up for developing an authentic rally game 🙂 Drivers visiting Codies Tom Cave https://twitter.com/dirtgame/status/413049018898739200 https://twitter.com/tomcaverally/status/413048353833119744 Liam Doran https://twitter.com/MrHarveyParker/status/395987607118970880 https://twitter.com/MrHarveyParker/status/395845924519673856 https://twitter.com/LiamDoran3/status/395598699667415040 David Binks https://twitter.com/David_Binks/status/451297850539134976 https://twitter.com/David_Binks/status/449100808060428288 https://twitter.com/David_Binks/status/449099942569971712 https://twitter.com/David_Binks/status/448820199845019648 (I think there were others, but I can't find them just now) Codemasters opening its doors to community play tests Great interview with Paul Coleman @KickUp about DiRT game design 'so unbelievably stoked about the whole direction we're going in and the authenticity we've managed to get just from basically stripping back the system right down to its core; and starting building it back up piece by piece. It still feels like a great rally game, but it's so much more authentic in every way' Other hints/snippets/guesses: @dirtgame tweeting about WRC, Dakar and RX A short video posted by DiRT Art Director showing an innovative in-car camera view (video was later taken down) N4G page with DiRT news stories and hints Interesting gossip analysis by Rallycameraman 36 doughnuts must mean that DiRT devs are up to something Could this suggest that VW Polo WRC will be in the next game? To be continued...
  2. Hello all, I've been looking forward to start of the World RX for some time now. The championship gained FIA World series status for 2014 and since then has attracted manufacturer backing and an interesting line up of drivers. With Codies seemingly having had visited some 2013 races and a research trip to Norway the chances are that rallycross will be present in the next DiRT game (maybe an official licence?) Round 1 in Portugal has started yesterday and in 5 minutes time Eurosport 2 UK will show the semi-finals and final live! I think it's a really good time to start following this series as it's managed very well and offers great racing. In general following Rallycross RX official twitter account is a good move: https://twitter.com/RallycrossRX They also release good videos with previews, onboards and daily highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQbbWb1soqs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ3AVfwp_NY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueyk6yeUCxY Petter Solberg Twitter account is also worth following: https://twitter.com/Petter_Solberg He is also releasing highlight videos:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iIr8asustQ Live timing: http://www.rallycrossrx.com/times Results after qualifying heats:http://media.rallycrossrx.com/results/SC_h4_results_POR_2014.pdf Time for live TV coverage :)
  3. Hello everyone, (I'm not sure if here is the best forum category to post this) In recent years Twitter allowed fans to get a much better insight into work of pro drivers, journalists, teams, game developers and TV crew in motorsport. I thought I'd share the ones I have found worth following due to how interesting, up-to-date or funny they are. Drivers:Sebastian Loeb - Le Mestro. The best driver in the world. Now racing touring cars with Citroen.Sebastian Ogier - WRC champ. Nuff said. Follow Seb.Petter Solberg - Mr Hollywood - absolute legend. WRC champion currently one of front runners in Supercars in World RXMads Ostberg - sporting trendy haircuts, back on form with Citroen this yearKen Block - love him or dislike him he's pretty good at social media and promoting his sponsorsKris Meeke - DiRT consultant, current WRC driver and an all-round good guy, posts great photos from Citroen library. Was once beaten by at a rally game by me.Chris Atkinson - definitely worth a follow, positive personality in WRCJari-Mati Latvala - the one with deep mood swings, active on social media, a must followCrazy Leo - a phenomenon among rally drivers on Twitter, he's only just coming into WRC (DMack Fiesta Trophy) but he's amassed an impressive following! Very positive personality, passionate about rallyCraig Breen - a down to earth rally driver currently impressing in ERC with Peugeot, if you're a Brit you must follow CraigPontus Tidemand - Junior WRC champion, a huge rally talent from Sweden, coming through the ranks in WRC2David Higgins - British driver ruling rally in US, I really want to go for tuition at his rally school in Wales!Andreas Mikkelsen - nicknamed The Handsome One by Colin Clark, and he can driveEsapekka Lappi - some say he is faster than God, big talent from Finland, Skoda factory driver in ERCRobert Barrable - if you're a fan of Caramel Log from Tunnocks you should follow Bob, very likable character and a please to listen with his accentHayden Paddon - hugely determined Kiwi driver, about to impress in WRC driving a HyundaiThierry Neuvile - Mr Orange Specs, one of the few potential challengers to Mr Ogier in the next couple of yearsMikko Hirvonen - providing great insight into life of a rally driver, symbol for established consistency in WRC for yearsMatthew Wilson - some time ago a WRC regular, now he's the man behind development of Fiesta R5Tom Cave - on a mission to impress in DMACK Fiesta Trophy, visited the Codies HQ to try the game out so well worth a follow!Kajetan Kajetanowicz - nicknamed Kajto - a ray of sunshine in rally. 4-time Polish champion currently embarking on a quest to win ERCLiam Doran - British bomb driving a rather mean looking vehicle in World RX. Consultant on DiRT games so follow Liam!David Binks - competed in GRC alongside Marcus Gronholm, recently helping Codies develop the next DiRT game and aiming to return to Rallycross main stage
  4. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Has GCK Megane been ever mentioned as being in the game? https://twitter.com/GCKRX/status/1072862653117227008?s=09 https://twitter.com/GCKRX/status/1072883286496763905?s=09
  5. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Simply freaking amazing! The locations picked are superb (Oz, NZ and Pooooooland!) with intriguing mention of deformable terrain. Cannot wait to hear more :D Post-launch content release plan with *first 2* seasons hints that DiRT Rally 2.0 may be run like a game service, with decent longevity. Great approach and something I wrote about in the past. I even think that on my wish-list there were the following dream features/content: - operate as a service - road deformation and evolution - stages in Poland Thanks you Codies. I'm very excited :D So will the infamous Ross Gowing join Twitter or forum to answer some questions? @KickUp definitely followed 'Be Brave' pace note and was scared of the Gossipers :D 
  6. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Holy shit. 2.0 Count me in.  P.S. DiRTy Gossip 4eva :) 
  7. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    I've been quietly lurking and reading this MIGHTY thread :D I'm so excited and have been loving the info, screens and vids released to date. What an amazing job by the team!  I hope the guys will persevere through the push to release, with the aid of kebab pizza and popcorn, and will be hugely proud of the game in June. I've found a Steelbook Edition on TESCO for a pretty good price considering normal versions tend to cost the same. https://www.tesco.com/direct/dirt-4-steelbook-edition-ps4/665-8774.prd?skuId=665-8774 What is this Mystery location.....? Codies car park? Barcelona or Hockenheim RX? One more rally location? Battersea Power Station Gymkhana course? :D I would think if a 6th rally location was in the works the team would make it clear as that would drum up the sales. So perhaps it will something small to mid-size, but nevertheless awesome :)
  8. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Mr @KickUp showing what 'Be Fearless' slogan really means! :) Spirit of '4' tweet lives on?  Thanks for an honest and transparent explanation. I would have agreed that segragating the playerbase from the very start would have been less than ideal, but since I'm a bit of a fanboy and I'm convinced I will love DiRT 4 I was going to pre-order anyway :)
  9. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Whoa! :D :D :D DiRT 4 looks veeeery tasty! I'm buying a PS4 this week so come June I'm hoping to find time for some casual DiRTiness when it comes out :D  Have we seen any footage from Spain yet?
  10. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Okay... So I've had a life changing moment this week... Shish, doner and chicken kebab calzone...................... :D :D Aweeeeesome! and the meat was packed in so tight the pizza shell had a hard time containing it! On a subject much less related to all things DiRTy and Gossipy - Congratulations to DiRT Rally team on winning TIGA award for best racing game! :D :D :D
  11. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Hello DiRTy Gossipers!  It's been a really long time. . .  I've not been Gossiping much over the past few months , but I've been lurking . Some amazing life stuff has happened and I'm afraid any sleep time wins over DiRTy time . . .  It appears that the DiRTy torturers are at it again and spilling juicy info left right and centre :)  My ridiculous guess is that DiRT Rally 2.0 (going by the tweet with CMR 2.0 box) will be either unveiled or released in 90 days from the 90mph tweet . . .  Mic drop .  I'm most likely wrong but when has that stopped anyone in this thread . . . :) 
  12. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Guilty as charged! :smile: Hello guys! Long time no see.... Life is quite different these days with a 6 week old baby - despite the awesomeness of DiRT Rally I'm still going with sleep whenever there's a chance. I'm missing a bit of Gossip in my life so I'll try and make it back over here to come up with ridiculous theories :smile: I've had a go at this other Codies game - will have to play a bit more in one of my 30 minutes / month slots and write up my impressions. Congrats to @Rallycameraman and @KickUp on completing their first rally - Is there a write-up or a video? I'll be very keen to read how it all came together :)  DiRTy Gossip thread still going strong!
  13. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Great news about Evo Studios merging with Codies! Or was it more of a bail-out? I guess the timing is perfect as Codies seem to be bouncing back with DiRT Rally, hopefully a much more feature full and solid F1 2016 and some unfortunate restructuring. Evo Studios probably couldn't put a big price on their operation as they were in a tough situation. Hopefully, all of this will managed well to make use of a group of very talented developers with passion for racing and motorsport. It would have been awesome if best bits of Codies games and tech were combined with the undeniably pretty visuals of Evo's Driveclub. A new racing IP? My hope is that at least one of the projects will be a DiRT Rally successor, with more of the conent, with more work on the physics and more on multiplayer features. Exciting times for Codies - I'm really happy to see them on a good path :)
  14. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    I've probably already moaned that after calling all Sainbury's super-stores in Edinburgh I still don't know which ones will have the steel-book edition. Maybe in hindsight Codies should have had more retailers stock that edition... If it's true that PC steelbooks can't be bought anywhere in UK then I'll definitely drive over to the biggest Sainsury's and try to get the PS4 one. The CREST telemetry looks awesome, but if I understand it correctly it can only be used on Dailies?
  15. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    DiRT Rally launch day! :D :D Congratulations to the team on getting to this point! :) You can hear and read in interviews that this was far from an easy journey and I'm really happy I played a tiny part in it :) I'm planning on going this evening to Sainsbury's to hopefully buy one of the steelbook edition copies. However, it will have to be for PS4 as they're not selling PC... I guess I'll have to follow with a purchase of a console :tongue: By the way - if anyone sees a PC steelbook edition please buy it for me and I'll send the money back with 10% profit :D Anyone? I've not had much time to play DiRT Rally lately (life stuff) and I'm unlikely to get much time to play in the immediate future (big life stuff), but I'll do my best to have a go with the new content soon :) Congratulations to @KickUp @Hatward , Steve the Wizard, the rest of the awesome dev and community team and to our torturer/DiRTy friend @justbiglee . Thanks for being so engaging and keen to listent to the fans - I hope that you've seen that it helped you make a better game. The best rally game ever! :D
  16. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    In the absence of a Reviews thread, here's a review: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-03-30-dirt-rally-review Usually I enjoy reading the Eurogamer reviews, but this one is rather poorly written and doesn't really mentioned the main strenghts and weaknessess of the game.. I do like it that they've given in a 'Recommended' grade, but the review itself could have been much better. Martin Robertson's review of DiRT Rally on PC is much better: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-12-14-dirt-rally-review
  17. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    @tbtstt Finally :)  It's a bit of a shame we won't now be able to remind you of what you've been missing out on :) I wish I had a PS4 to show you how it's done around Lydden Hill or Holjes :tongue: :tongue: I'm really keen to the PC steelbook edition so I went to Sainsburys to pre-order it, but in two stores they didn't have it available for pre-order at all, any edition... Anyone had luck with getting it ordered?
  18. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Cheers @KickUp and @Hatward for answering my question, and even bigger thank you for giving an answer I wanted to hear :tongue: :D Something tells me the console DiRT Rally will do well and the ingredients for this stage deg tech (great team, magician programmers, money and time) will be available :) I only had time to watch half of the show so far, but the duette of @KickUp and @Hatward is on the way to stardom :tongue: Great job guys and hopefully we'll see more of DiRT Show in April.
  19. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Reading the Eurogamer article was interesting to say the least... I had hopes for new rally stages or locations, but at the back of my mind I knew that their development would have had to have started a while back. On one hand it's good to have it bluntly stated that no DLC is coming... A bit of a shame, because the wait for DiRT Rally was long and the thought of waiting longer for more of the DR awesomeness is a bit sad. I have to admit I'm a bit worried about the suggestions in the article that Codemasters are now moving on to DiRT 4.... Would they really abandon the vision of DiRT Rally? Can't they really see how it's been received so far? Maybe they need to see how it does sales-wise on consoles. 'While I think it's vitally important that we did what we did with Dirt Rally directly to the core audience first, what I want to do now is take people who are excited by seeing Dirt Rally but a little bit put off by what it means to play it, take them by the hand and lead them into the experience. I'm not talking about dumbing down. I'm talking about taking novice players and making them confident and capable.' The above is quite cryptic and I honestly don't know what to expect. This just proves I wouldn't make a good games designer :) 'a little bit put off by what it means to play it' - Hmmm? I'll have to think this over :)
  20. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    I'd be surprised if there would be a new rally location added when the game comes out on console and when the PC version gets updated.  My rating of probability: 5% Perhaps a new stage at one of the existing locations? A bit more probable, but would there be enough time to produce in time for submission to MS and Sony? My rating of probability: 20% You're welcome :P :D It seems that with the consoles the team couldn't go bonkers as they did with the Steam Early Access announcement. Here's DiRT Rally. It's out now
  21. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BA9WwFjHwxm/ New slogan I see More characters. Is it enough now? 
  22. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    Ken Block is unmatched when it comes to finding new and quite innovative ways to fund his hobby, while developing and growing other business. I'm very impressed with how he's working with Ford on various projects and can see how Codemasters wanted to partner up with him commercially for the earlier DiRT games. Some of 'Monster' and 'Hoonigan' narrative may not be exactly to my liking, but it must sell well with general public, Americans and his sponsors. I definitely like the way in which World RX developed with Monster backing and Ken going over there for a full campaign is a no brainer. Just like @tbtstt I was pleasantly surprised with how fared against the World RX regulars and I do look forward to seeing him over a full calendar. Having his livery officially in DiRT Rally will not make the game more like DiRT 3 was.. It will be just one of liveries. Ken's activities exposed rally to some new fans. I definitely think WRC should go to us and make use of it.
  23. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    DiRT Rally and Assetto Corsa may not be pure competition, but they are both racing games with a focus on simulation, they've both come out of Steam Early Access and both gained support and funding to bring the game to consoles. So Assetto Corsa's launch date towards the end of April may to some extent compete for sales with DiRT Rally. I do wonder what the sales expectations are for DiRT Rally on PS4 and XB1... From what we have heard the management is very pleased with sales on Steam and I think in one of Absolute Rally podcasts Paul said that liftime expected sales were already beaten...! Right now DiRT Rally on SteamSpy is showing as almost 250 000 sales.  What would be the rule of thumb? Steam sales x 4 gives you console sales? I reckon DiRT Rally will shift 1 million on PS4 :)
  24. MastaVonBlasta

    DiRTy Gossip

    300 000 views of the DiRTy Gossip Thread... All we needed to go into a frenzy again was @KickUp tweeting that he had a good Tuesday... :)
  25. MastaVonBlasta

    2020 FIA World Rally Championship

    Fully agree: you just know he is going to end up in a bush, but right up until that point he is usually fantastic to watch.  I guess there is only so long you can fund a driver like that though... Must. Not. Behave. Like. A. Fanboy. I'll stay out of this one... Or not. 2015 season for Kubica was 50% mistakes / 50% issues due to organisation of the team/lack of budget. He was left with no choice, but to create a team from scratch in very little time and that didn't work. For Monte Carlo he has teamed up with BRC so hopefully he can focus mostly on driving, not running a team... I think if Kubica was really to leave WRC for good the sport would lose a great deal. It is my view that his participation increased interest in the series in many countries and his talent is pretty clear to see. I think it would a shame if the commercial climate of WRC/or views of people who make the decisions lead to him going elsewhere. If he goes back to circuit racing I think he'll excell there and bring exposure to someone else. I can understand that to someone with a slightly more neutral stance towards Kubica he may appear to be Crashbica, but I've been following him closely and honestly believe that with a bit more time and proper funding he'd really be at the top. With Kris Meeke opting to go with Citroen for 2017 I think Toyota should really consider Kubica. He's got an outstanding experience in car and setup development, and it's said that he's really technical and detailed with engineers. And he's f****** fast. Fanboy out.
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