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  1. 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 

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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?


  5. 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

  6. 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 . . . :) 
  7. I'm pretty sure half the regular gossipers are testers now! You can normally tell when everyone goes quiet as soon as speculation for new updates starts! With the exception of a certain someone a year or two back who continued to gossip and speculate before it was announced, despite the fact they were secretely one of the first to see the bloody game!
    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!
  8. 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 :)

  9. 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?
  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. @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?

  13. gfRally said:
    cough cough, terrain deformation...    Like I mentioned once, before it turned into a debate.  @KickUp said its important, and its on the KINGS wish list.  Lets hope there is some form of this in a future title, it would really add to the challenge of running the same stage over and over.


    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.

  14. 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 :)
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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 :)
  18. tbtstt said:
    austinb said:
    Anyone else, feel like the championship will loose something when Kubica leaves it after Monaco? Yes he's not been successful, but he's only been rallying 5 years or so... and is certainly right up there for pace when hes not in a ditch. (and arguably the quickest on tarmac)
    He is certainly one of the most exciting drivers to watch.
    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.
  19. 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...
  20. 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 :)
  21. tbtstt said:
    tbtstt said:
    I'd also like to know if the rumours are true and he will be running a Focus in the World RX. 
    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....
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