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  1. It’s time for the first full in-game trailer for F1® 2019, the official videogame of the 2019 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP! Showcasing stunning visual uplift and featuring the official F1 theme music written by composer Brian Tyler, the trailer focuses on intense rivalries as the drivers jostle for position in the heat of the battle. You can check it out right here: The eagled-eyed of you will notice that it also gives a glimpse of some of the classic F1 cars that are returning for F1 2019, and you can see the full list here: F1 2019 features 18 returning classic cars including: 2010 Red Bull RB6 2009 Brawn BGP 001 2008 McLaren MP4 –23 2007 Ferrari F2007 2006 Renault R26 2004 Ferrari F2004 2003 Williams FW25 1998 McLaren MP4-13 1996 Williams FW18 1992 Williams FW14 1991 McLaren MP4/6 1988 McLaren MP4/4 1982 McLaren MP4/1B 1979 Ferrari 312 T4 1978 Lotus 79 1976 Ferrari 312 T2 1976 McLaren M23D 1972 Lotus 72D INCLUDED IN THE F1 2019 ‘LEGENDS EDITION’: SENNA AND PROST 1990 Ferrari F1-90 1990 McLaren MP4/5B 2010 Ferrari F10 2010 McLaren MP4-25 INCLUDED IN THE F1 2019 ‘ANNIVERSARY EDITION’: 2010 Ferrari F10 2010 McLaren MP4-25 “Every year we make great strides so the game is as authentic and immersive as possible and we have surpassed expectations with the quality of the visuals in F1 2019,” said Lee Mather, F1 Game Director at Codemasters. “We also know from fan feedback the classic cars our community want to race and we hope the returning roster, alongside the new vehicles from the Legends and Anniversary editions, will give them the choices they crave.” F1 2019 features all the official teams, drivers and all 21 circuits from the 2019 season. This year sees the inclusion of F2 with players being able to complete the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship. The 2019 F2 Championship content will be made available as a free digital update during the season**. The F1 2019 Legends Edition is launched with three days early access on June 25th 2019 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC (DVD and via Steam). The F1 2019 Anniversary edition is released on 28th June 2019. Pre-order F1 2019 right here: Steam PlayStation EU – Legends Edition PlayStation EU – Anniversary Edition United Kingdom Amazon.co.uk PS4 Click here Amazon.co.uk Xbox One Click here Amazon.co.uk PC Click here GAME PS4 Click here GAME Xbox One Click here GAME PC Click here Germany Amazon PS4 Click here Amazon Xbox One Click here Amazon PC Click here Italy Amazon PS4 Click here Amazon Xbox One Click here Amazon PC Click here Gamepeople Xbox One Click here Gamepeople PC Click here Gamelife Xbox One Click here GameStop Xbox One Click here GameStop PC Click here Multiplayer.com Xbox One Click here Multiplayer.com PC Click here Gamestart Xbox One Click here Gamestart PC Click here Netherlands Media Markt PS4 Click here Media Markt Xbox One Click here Media Markt PC Click here Game Mania PS4 Click here Game Mania Xbox One Click here Game Mania PC Click here Nedgame Xbox One Click here Nedgame PC Click here Belgium Game Mania PS4 Click here Game Mania Xbox One Click here Game Mania PC Click here PlayerOne PS4 Click here PlayerOne Xbox One Click here PlayerOne PC Click here Smartoys PS4 Click here Smartoys Xbox One Click here Smartoys PC Click here Austria Media Markt PS4 Click here Media Markt Xbox One Click here Media Markt PC Click here Saturn PS4 Click here Saturn Xbox One Click here Saturn PC Click here GamesOnly PS4 Click here GamesOnly Xbox One Click here GamesOnly PC Click here Gameware PS4 Click here Gameware Xbox One Click here Gameware PC Click here View the full article
  2. Codemasters today revealed the DiRT Rally 2.0 Season Two DLC will launch on June 4th 2019. New content, comprising of cars, liveries and environments, will be made available every two weeks with a primary focus on rallycross. Traditional rally fans can also enjoy a new location with the return of Wales and the Porsche 911 SC RS. New content will be released as per the following schedule: – Week 1: Peugeot 205 T16 Rallycross, Ford RS200 Evolution, Special Livery – Week 3: Latvia RX – Week 5: Porsche 911 SC RS, Lancia 037 Evo 2, Special Livery – Week 7: Wales Rally – Week 9: Lancia Delta S4 Rallycross, MG Metro 6R4 Rallycross, Special Livery – Week 11: Germany RX Debuted in DiRT®4, Group B rallycross cars are celebrated in Season Two with the inclusion of the Peugeot 205 T16 Rallycross, Ford RS200 Evolution, Lancia Delta S4 Rallycross and the MG Metro 6R4 Rallycross. With improved handling and graphical overhaul, the four vehicles will be a welcome addition when they are put through their paces on all rallycross circuits including the two brand new tracks, Bikernieki, Latvia and Estering, Germany. The new tracks are available weeks three and 11 respectively. Having worked as DiRT Rally 2.0 Handling Consultant, Ryan Champion’s Porsche 911 SC RS complete with the East African Safari Classic Rally livery will be available as part of the week five content. This is in addition to the fan favourite location, Wales, which will be available two weeks later. “Season Two is a perfect blend of new and old and there is something here for everyone,” said Ross Gowing, Game Director. “Fans will be thrilled at the return of the Group B rallycross cars and we’re excited to give our community two new circuits in Latvia and Germany. Although our primary focus for Season Two is on rallycross, we haven’t forgotten our rally purists, and we know from fan feedback how much they love taking on the tough Welsh terrain and what better way to do it than in Ryan Champion’s Porsche 911 SC RS.” Players who bought the Deluxe Edition will receive all content as part of their Season Pass. Similar to Season One, players who own the Day One or Standard Edition will have the opportunity to purchase each season and piece of content separately on their digital store of choice. Keep up with all the DiRT Rally 2.0 news and follow updates from the studio on Facebook and Twitter. View the full article
  3. Hello everyone! We come bearing exciting news for DiRT Rally 2.0 players – including the FFB update that everyone’s been waiting for… Force Feedback changes The latest update to arrive to DiRT Rally 2.0 this morning – update 1.4.1 – is primarily focused upon updating the Force Feedback for steering wheels. After looking into comments about the feel from all parts of our community, we’ve changed the way the ‘Suspension’ setting works to try and exhibit the behaviours that you’ve been requesting. For this update the slider has been set at a default level of 100 for all devices, but this can be changed to suit your preferences. If you prefer the way things felt previously, then simply head to the Input section of the Options & Extras menu, select your device and then adjust the ‘Suspension’ slider in the Vibration & Feedback tab to 0. We want to give a huge thanks to the entire community for their feedback and patience while we’ve looked into implementing these changes – especially to those of you who’ve taken the time to come back to us with incredibly useful, nuanced feedback about your FFB experiences. It’s worth mentioning that while this is the first big update to the FFB, it’s definitely a work in progress and we plan to refine the feeling further. Please – let us know what you think. While we’re on inputs, our wonderful Principal Game Designer Lee has put together a super handy Input Device Guide for DiRT Rally 2.0. You can take a look at it in all of its PDF glory here. Update 1.4 1.4.1 isn’t the only update we’ve released to DiRT Rally 2.0! Earlier this week we also released update 1.4; if you missed the patch notes on Tuesday, then you can find them below: Online Custom events can now be set up as human only Plain black and white liveries added for most vehicles UI indication added for when ghost cars are stopped due to time penalty Leaderboards will now support going to the top from all positions AI will no longer select unreleased vehicles Speedcar Xtrem wheels will not disappear Improvement to Silverstone joker lap detection Costa Rican added as a nationality Tyre warnings are improved when in the service area Reset line improvements on Mettet Delta Daily will now award correct credits Improvements to Opel Manta 400 engine audio Turning off Personal Best ghosts will keep them off for the remainder of the session Visual improvements to some vehicles Proximity warnings will not be shown on retired vehicles Resuming championships will not damage previously undamaged components Stability improvements throughout title Ability to turn “Hardcore damage” in Career Mode And finally! Season Two content will also be announced tomorrow, so please stay tuned for what the next few months of DiRT will look like. Some of the speculation on the forums has been remarkably close, but we still have a surprise or two up our sleeves – and you won’t have to wait much longer to find out what that is. See you back here tomorrow! View the full article
  4. Codemasters Southam was delighted to host a visit from the wonderful people at SpecialEffect last week. Coming to speak to Codemasters about the amazing work SpecialEffect do, Dr Mick Donegan gave an inspiring studio-wide talk on some of the technology and principles the charity use to modify games and peripherals to ensure those with disabilities can enjoy video games. Dr Donegan also shared some wonderful anecdotes of stories and instances where individual players have had their video game experiences transformed by the help and support on offer from the charity. Nick Streeter, SpecialEffect fundraiser, gave a heartfelt thanks to Codemasters for its ongoing support of SpecialEffect, citing the recent Go-Karting Event, Rough Runner fundraising and One Special Day plans later on this year. Following the talk, many of the studio stayed behind to discuss how going forward, Codemasters can be more inclusive in its development. The visit was a huge success with the Southam office, we look forward to hosting further talks from SpecialEffect in our Cheshire and Birmingham studios in the near future. View the full article
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    Previewing F1® 2019

    Some of you might have been keeping an eye on our tweets noticed that this week we’ve been in Hamburg, Germany, previewing F1® 2019 to both motorsport and gaming press. We’re delighted to be able to reveal all the news to you and share all the preview articles from this week’s event! Preview Articles Autosport: Early impressions of F1 2019 game, including first look at F2 Polygon: F1 2019 adds F2 to career mode, launches two months earlier GTPlanet: F1 2019’s Multiplayer League System Sounds Like Exactly What the Genre Needs CAR Magazine: F1 2019 game preview: trailer, cars, gameplay impressions and release date Full Throttle Media: F1 2019 IS CODEMASTERS’ MOST AUTHENTIC FORMULA 1 GAME YET RaceFans: F1 2019 first play: The new F1 and F2 gameplay, Senna vs Prost and more AR12Gaming: PREVIEW: Defeat Your Rivals in F1 2019 WCCFtech: F1 2019 Preview – Bringing the Legends to Life Gamestar.de: F1 2019 – Die Formel 1 bekommt Story- und Rennserienzuwachs 3D Juegos: Jugamos a F1 2019, la Fórmula 1 (¡y F2!) en su máxima expresión Videos You can also check out some of our favourite pictures from the event right here: View the full article
  6. It’s time to change the game. Update for F1® Mobile Racing is rolling out right now across all compatible devices on iOS and Android, making it the FIRST place where you can play your part in the 2019 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. It’s our biggest ever update and signals a massive step forward for our free-to-play official F1® title, which players have been jumping into since October last year. Brand new content; mode expansions; visual upgrades; Update 5 is pretty darn humongous, and we can’t wait to see you guys play it. Here’s our brand new trailer to celebrate the release: Let’s dive right in and take a look at the extended notes of new additions and changes within Update 5: The 2019 Season Update brings the official team liveries, driver line-ups and driver helmets from the 2019 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP into the game. Race against this season’s grid and purchase liveries and helmets from the in-game Shop. Any 2018 liveries purchased will be automatically converted to the 2019 version, whilst any purchased driver helmets will remain in your inventory. Season Championship mode takes GRAND PRIX Events to the next level, combining scores from every event this season to rank players on a global leaderboard. Prizes are up for grabs at the middle and end of the season, as well as exclusive rewards at the end of each event, such as liveries and helmets. A re-run of the Azerbaijan GRAND PRIX Event will take place this weekend (May 1st), with a full Qualifying and Race Series, and brand new exclusive rewards to be won! The score from this event, not last week’s, will be the score that contributes to your overall leaderboard score. Multi-Setup allows players to design multiple R&D setups for their car, before choosing which setup you want to use ahead of each race. Up to three setups can be utilised, and you’ll be able to select from them after finding out which circuit and race type you’ll be racing in. VIP Subscription offer opens up more research and R&D possibilities, as well as an exclusive gold paint to use on your custom car. Season Pass, available from the Shop, prepares you for Season Championship mode, giving you a team livery and driver helmet of your choice, along with unlimited retries for past events. Visual and technical improvements across the board, as well as other community-driven changes, including the option to switch off the racing line in all modes. Note: Please ensure you have the latest version of iOS or Android installed for optimum performance. “We’re incredibly excited to make another huge step forward with F1® Mobile Racing through this new update”, said Vincent Meulle, Executive Producer at Codemasters. “Bringing the official team liveries, drivers and helmets from the new F1® season is something we know that players have been eager to see, and we’re delighted that F1® Mobile Racing will be the very first place that players can get their hands on this year’s content. “These new additions join an ever-growing selection of features for the game, which has already evolved massively since launch and will continue to do so. Adding 2019 season content is a big step for F1® Mobile Racing, but we still have much more in the pipeline for our players and can’t wait to reveal more.” If you’d like a sneak peek at how all of this looks in the game, our livestream from earlier this week is what you need: In the livestream, we mention that Azerbaijan is being re-run this weekend, so prepare for an extra weekend of GRAND PRIX Event action! A brand new livery is included in the rewards, and here it is… On top of that, there’s also a unique driver helmet up for grabs! Don’t say we don’t spoil you. ;) Keep it with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels for more news about events and much more. For now, though, it’s time to play. See you on the track! #ChangingTheGame View the full article
  7. New look. New content. Same goal. With Update 5 for F1® Mobile Racing, we’re #ChangingTheGame. F1® Mobile Racing gives you the FIRST chance to take your place in the 2019 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, as the official team liveries, driver helmets and updated circuits are added to the free-to-play handheld game, available on iOS and Android. Once Update 5 arrives, compete against the 2019 grid in all modes, lining up on the grid against new talents like Lando Norris and George Russell, as well as superstars like Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Want to follow in the footsteps of those drivers? Head to the in-game Shop to grab any of the helmets, or add any of the 10 team liveries to your F1® Regulation Car – the F1-TR19. Team liveries from the previous season will be removed, but for existing Mobile Racing players who have already purchased a livery, they will receive the corresponding 2019 team livery free of charge. For example, if you already own the 2018 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport livery, the 2019 Mercedes colours will be waiting for you in your Garage after installing the new update! 2018 driver helmets will remain in the game, and you’ll retain any helmets you’ve purchased, but only the new helmets will be purchasable from Update 5. Launch dates of updates are always subject to change, though we’re aiming for Update 5 to be live at the very beginning of May. It’s the biggest step forward for the game since last year’s launch, so get yourselves ready to change the game. It’s been an incredible effort by the team to design and implement the new season’s content into an F1® game quicker than ever before, delivering on another request from our wonderful community – and the new-season content is far from the only thing to be excited about. Players have also been calling for some kind of ‘Career’ or ‘Season’ mode in the game, offering a long-term opportunity to race hard and prove your worth over an entire campaign. Well, we heard you. INTRODUCING: SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP MODE Season Championship is the next step forward for our GRAND PRIX Events mode, which has been a huge hit since arriving earlier this year. After some off-season races, the limited-time events aligned with the real-world season, with a GRAND PRIX Event taking place during each race weekend. Each event has been self-contained, featuring one-off global leaderboards and prizes – until now. Season Championship combines all GRAND PRIX Events to give all players the chance to compete against the world, throughout this year’s championship. As well as the usual rewards at the end of each event, huge prizes will be on offer to the top racers at the middle and end of the season, including huge currency rewards and exclusive customisation items. It’s a fantastic way to prove your dominance in the fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled world of F1® Mobile Racing. We can’t wait to see what you think of Season Championship, and to see who’s competing for the top prizes come the end of the campaign! Think you’ve got what it takes? Before and after launch, we’ll have plenty more to get you acquainted with Update 5, including glimpses of the update in action and information on other new additions and changes. More ways to boost your progress and tweak your R&D setup are also coming, and we’ll be revealing more all week across the Codies Blog, social channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) and Codemasters Forums. You won’t want to miss it. ;) View the full article
  8. Are you ready for today’s exciting news? We’ve got a lot for you today, and we’re putting all in one place for you to check out at your leisure. There are links just below for you to explore, but don’t worry, you can read this through without our spoiler-y URLs if you’d prefer! Click here to expand links Legends Edition Anniversary Edition Cover Art & Steelbook FIA Formula 2 Championship F1® 2019 Screenshots Pre-order Legends Edition Let’s start this off, shall we? We’re very happy to tell you that the greatest ever F1® rivalry between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost will be renewed in F1® 2019, the official videogame of the 2019 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. “How”, you ask? Firstly, let us show you in our brand new trailer: Fancy getting your hands on this? Those of you who purchase the ‘F1® 2019 Legends Edition’ will get to drive as Ayrton Senna in his 1990 McLaren MP4/5B and Alain Prost in the Ferrari F1-90, face-off over eight race challenges, and receive exclusive Senna and Prost themed multiplayer car liveries. But wait, there’s even more to this! The drivers’ likenesses have also been added to the Career mode, and you can experience all of this when this edition is launched with three days early access on June 25th 2019 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC (DVD and via Steam). Yes, this does mean, that you’ll be able to get your hands on the game three days early! We can also reveal the cover art for the Legends Edition, and we LOVE this: Anniversary Edition Like the sound of all of that? Good, though we’re not done yet. For those of you who’ve been along this F1® journey with us for a while, you’ll know that F1® 2019 will be the tenth F1® game from the Codemasters Birmingham Studio, and we want to celebrate that with you! If you pre-order or purchase the ‘F1® 2019 Anniversary Edition’, you’ll receive two race-winning cars from the classic 2010 season; the Ferrari F10, as driven by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, and Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button’s McLaren MP4-25. You will be able to purchase these at a later date, though, and these two cars are also included in the ‘Legends Edition’. That’s, of course, in addition to Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber’s 2010 Red Bull RB6 and many of the classic cars from F1® 2018 which have been retained! Cover Art It’s time to reveal the cover art for F1® 2019, don’t you think? Building on the greatest F1® rivalries, the cover art for F1® 2019 has a fresh look focusing on the fierce competition which has been developing over recent seasons. Current World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, and main antagonist Sebastian Vettel grace the cover of this year’s game, though as with past years, we have some different variants, which you can check out in all their glory below! UK and Global Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton feature on our main cover. Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg If you’re in the Netherlands, Belgium or Luxembourg, Max Verstappen joins Lewis Hamilton on the F1® 2019 cover art. France In France? Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly feature on the front of our French cover art. Spain Carlos Sainz features alongside Lewis Hamilton in our Spanish cover art. Canada Do you live in Canada? Lance Stroll features alongside Lewis Hamilton. Australia If you’re in Australia, your cover art features Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo. Mexico Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton feature on the cover art in Mexico. Poland Live in Poland? Your F1® 2019 cover features Robert Kubica and Lewis Hamilton. We also have a Limited Edition F1® 2019 Steelbook available in local markets via exclusive retailers, and those of you who saw our announcement trailer might recognise a theme ;): FIA Formula 2 Championship Having teased a car in the announcement trailer, which received an overwhelmingly positive reaction you all (and we loved seeing all your comments), it’s time to officially confirm the FIA Formula 2 Championship for F1® 2019. The full 2018 season will be available from launch, and the F2 2019 season is being digitally added later in the year – complete with online functionality. You’ll be able to compete alongside George Russell, Lando Norris and Alexander Albon before progressing into the current F1® season with their respective teams. We’ve also got some F2 screenshots for you take a good look at! “Fans can see from the new cover art design that F1® 2019 has a strong theme of rivalry running through it, just like the main sport itself. As such, we are absolutely delighted to have resurrected F1®’s greatest ever rivalry between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost,” said Paul Jeal, F1® Franchise Director at Codemasters. “Their rivalry began right back in the 1984 season and reached one of the most dramatic ever climaxes on the first lap of the Japanese Grand Prix during the 1990 season. It’s a rivalry which has transcended way beyond the sport and is regarded as the greatest of all time by F1® fans. We know our community will love that the two legends of the sport have finally been immortalised together in our game. We’re also extremely excited to be bringing the FIA Formula 2 Championship to the franchise. It’s consistently been one of the most requested features from our community and it comes at a perfect time with the top three drivers from 2018 in George Russell, Lando Norris and Alexander Albon progressing to F1® for this season. We can’t wait to unveil more details on how this is integrated into the career mode in the coming weeks.” Make sure you keep it here for the F1® 2019 news and details on all the new features, and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. With all of that for you to take a look at, we’ll leave you with some stunning F1® 2019 screenshots! F1® 2019 Screenshots Pre-order Pre-order F1® 2019 right here: United Kingdom Amazon.co.uk PS4 Click here Amazon.co.uk Xbox One Click here Amazon.co.uk PC Click here GAME PS4 Click here GAME Xbox One Click here GAME PC Click here Germany Amazon PS4 Click here Amazon Xbox One Click here Amazon PC Click here Italy Amazon PS4 Click here Amazon Xbox One Click here Amazon PC Click here Gamepeople Xbox One Click here Gamepeople PC Click here Gamelife Xbox One Click here GameStop Xbox One Click here GameStop PC Click here Multiplayer.com Xbox One Click here Multiplayer.com PC Click here Gamestart Xbox One Click here Gamestart PC Click here Netherlands Media Markt PS4 Click here Media Markt Xbox One Click here Media Markt PC Click here Game Mania PS4 Click here Game Mania Xbox One Click here Game Mania PC Click here Nedgame Xbox One Click here Nedgame PC Click here Belgium Game Mania PS4 Click here Game Mania Xbox One Click here Game Mania PC Click here PlayerOne PS4 Click here PlayerOne Xbox One Click here PlayerOne PC Click here Smartoys PS4 Click here Smartoys Xbox One Click here Smartoys PC Click here Austria Media Markt PS4 Click here Media Markt Xbox One Click here Media Markt PC Click here Saturn PS4 Click here Saturn Xbox One Click here Saturn PC Click here GamesOnly PS4 Click here GamesOnly Xbox One Click here GamesOnly PC Click here Gameware PS4 Click here Gameware Xbox One Click here Gameware PC Click here View the full article
  9. Having received a great deal of interest from the community about how the controls will work in GRID Autosport for Nintendo Switch, we can now confirm that the game will feature a wide range of control options to let you perform at your best: • Classic Buttons — Steer, accelerate and brake with buttons. • Classic Combo — Steer with an analogue stick. Accelerate and brake with buttons. • Classic Analogue — Steer, accelerate and brake with analogue sticks. • Tilt Steer — Tilt your console to steer. Accelerate and brake with analogue sticks. • Mirrored Mode — Left-handed players can flip the default controls. • Custom — Map any control to any button, analogue stick or gyroscopic motion control. Watch the new Freedom Of Control trailer to see your options in action: GRID Autosport will be available from the Nintendo eShop this summer! To keep up with news on the upcoming launch, follow @FeralGames on Twitter. View the full article
  10. The games industry was out in force last night as part of UKIE’s 30 Years of Play campaign, which honoured games that had achieved commercial success in the UK. Codemasters was there to pick-up the award for Colin McRae Rally with our very own Ross Gowing in attendance to receive the prestigious accolade on behalf of the development team. Codemasters was in good company with the majority of major publishers present to accept their awards, once again highlighting the creativity, strength and value of the UK games industry. Picture: Christopher Dring For more news on the night, go to GamesIndustry.biz – https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-04-12-every-game-to-sell-over-1m-copies-in-the-uk or for more information on 30 Years of Play, head to – https://ukie.org.uk/tags/30-years-play View the full article
  11. What an awesome time Team Codies had for #SpecialEffect! Out of 20 teams Codemasters heroes came: 4th DiRTy Racers (DiRT Rally Team) 6th Codies F1 Racing (Birmingham) 10th Rubbin’ is Racin’ (Southam) 12th Cheshire Cats (Cheshire) We all had a lot of fun and were well fed! It was a real nail-biter though; the DiRT team thought with just 10 minutes to go that they might win as they were catching the leader. However, the team ended up being overtaken and dropped to 3rd, then in the final five minutes teams that had lost laps due to bought penalties (all for charity of course!) paid to get their lost laps back so they just pulled away and we dropped to 4th. Team DiRT came so very close to a trophy, with just a few seconds between the top places. There were many thrills and spills, some great driving, and some not so great driving by other teams. We all survived with only minor bruising. The donated Codemasters prizes well down well in the raffle, and we’re delighted that Special Effect are planning on running the event again around October at Daytona Milton Keynes – we can’t wait! View the full article
  12. DiRT Rally 2.0: Season One, Stage Two brings Sweden Rally, the BMW M1 Procar Rally, the Opel Manta 400 and a Special Livery for five vehicles! This content will be dropping throughout April, and is available for Deluxe Edition players to download as part of their Season Pass content. Standard Edition players will be able to purchase each bit of content separately on the relevant platform store. To get your first sneak peek at the cars in action in Sweden, check out our brand new trailer here: Tomorrow sees the cars and the Special Livery arrive to the game, whereas Sweden Rally will arrive on the 23rd April. Don’t forget, Deluxe Edition players will also receive a credits drop and access to the high reward special D+ Community Events too. Just a quick note on the BMW M1 Procar Rally – final audio for the vehicle will come in next week’s patch, so don’t fret if you think it sounds a little off-key at first. We’re all over it. Aside from Season One content coming out as usual, we’re also working on Update 1.3 which, subject to all of the usual submissions, is due to land next week. Thanks to everyone’s feedback since the last update, as we’ve been able to isolate and fix some key issues, including the grip/floating car issues some users have been experiencing. We’ve also worked on preventing audio-cut outs, and have fixed the ‘Fire Up That Car… Again’ trophy/achievement. Full patch notes will be confirmed on our channels closer to it releasing, so please stay tuned over the following few days to see them surface. We’re also making some headway into tackling the FFB issues a lot of you have been discussing on our forums, channels and beyond. We’ll have more for you on that soon, but we just wanted to reassure you that it’s still top of our priority list and that we’re making progress. What else? Well, we’ll also be adding more DiRT Rally 2.0 Achievements and Trophies for Season One! But you’ll have to wait until next week to find out what they are. :) Finally, we’ll also be adding the wonderful Jon Armstrong’s 2019 Galway International Rally livery to the game next week! We’ll be holding a little competition once the Fiesta R5 livery is out, so stay tuned to see how that takes shape. Just in case you’ve forgotten what it looks like, here’s a handy reminder for you in the shape of the DiRT Show Galway Special! View the full article
  13. After last week’s F1® 2019 announcement, we thought we’d whet your appetite a little more – today, Formula 1® has announced that the third F1 Esports Series will kick off in less than a week’s time on 8 April 2019! And you can sign up right now at f1esports.com. Building on the success of last year, the stakes for the 2019 season have been raised. Not only has the Series been extended to include even more adrenaline fuelled racing, but the official F1 teams will be battling it out for more than double the prize money – with a staggering $500,000 prize fund to be won. Like the 2018 season, which reached a record audience of 5.5 million viewers across selected TV networks and a dedicated live stream, this season will be split into Qualifying, a Pro Draft and the Pro Series. That’s not all though – each segment of the 2019 Series has been expanded, making this the biggest and most ambitious season yet. How will it work? We’re glad you asked! A longer qualifying window gives you more chance to compete for a place in the prestigious Pro Draft. All entrants will compete in F1 2018, the official game of the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and PC. The Pro Draft will take place over two days in July and is where the official F1 teams will select the drivers they want to add to their roster to represent them in the Pro Series. A series of high stakes race-offs on day one will identify the best of the best from the drivers that qualified. The slowest drivers will be eliminated, while the fastest will make up the final pool from which the teams will make their picks on day two. Every official F1 team must select at least one of its drivers from the Pro Draft. The expanded season means that at the Pro Series, the official F1 teams and their drivers will now compete in four live events, compared to just three events last year, between September and December 2019. These races will determine the 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Series Teams’ and Drivers’ World Champions, with an increased prize fund of $500,000. That’s not all, either! For the first time ever, one lucky esports fan will also be given the unique opportunity to experience the adrenaline and excitement of both the 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Series and real-world F1. An all-expenses paid trip to the Pro Draft, as well as tickets to the Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix on 14 July is up for grabs. To enter, fans simply need to complete one attempt during the three online qualifying events hosted between April and May as well as ensure they are signed up and registered on www.f1esports.com, with the winner chosen via a random prize draw. Following the success of the competition last year, which saw Great Britain’s Brendon Leigh crowned champion for the second time, F1 has renewed its partnership with Codemasters and Gfinity for the 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Series. New Balance, the footwear and lifestyle brand, will remain as Title Partner and will be fully integrated into the Series, with all drivers wearing New Balance socks and shoes whilst racing in the Pro Series. Fanatec also remain on board as Official Sponsor, supplying the championship with elite and advanced equipment. The 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Pro Series will also follow the World Championship rule change, to award the driver of the Fastest Lap a point, and DHL will once again reward the overall winner of the Fastest Lap with an award. Plus, to celebrate their 50th anniversary, DHL are working with F1 to deliver the time-trial invitational event ahead of the Pro Draft. A new and exclusive agreement with Juss Intellisport Co. Ltd will also bring the electrifying world of F1 Esports to China for the first time ever. The F1 New Balance Esports Series – China Championship will launch in the late summer of 2019, expanding F1’s reach and presence in one of the leading esports nations in the world. A special event will take place at the Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix 2019 to celebrate this landmark moment at F1’s 1000th Grand Prix, signalling the progression, new era and refreshed direction of F1. Top Chinese gamers will be invited to race off in a warm up exhibition event ahead of the full launch of the China Championship later in the year. The China Championship will give a select number of the fastest and most skilled Chinese gamers automatic entry into the prestigious Pro Draft in 2020. Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1, said: “Last season was a decisive year for F1 Esports with the inclusion of the first official teams and record audience figures. As we move into this 2019 season, F1 will remain at the forefront of this explosive industry. The potential within this space is extremely exciting both as a commercial opportunity, but importantly, as a way for the sport to engage with the next generation of motorsport fans. We are committed to exponential growth in the world of esports, and as a result the 2019 season is going to be even bigger and better. Having more than doubled the prize fund, we plan to attract even more talent to the series and to continue the upward trajectory we are on.” Frank Sagnier, CEO at Codemasters, said: “The F1 New Balance Esports Series creates exciting opportunities for Codemasters to further engage with our core community and develop experiences for fans with a passion for both virtual and real-world racing. We’re always investigating ways to better integrate esports into our F1 games, as this will encourage more players to test their race skills against the top professionals, and we look forward to welcoming the new talent who will emerge this season.” Garry Cook, Executive Chairman at Gfinity plc, said: “F1 New Balance Esports Series has captured the imagination of the global gaming community. It delivers incredible racing and through entertaining content, such as the draft show, gives fans a reason to care about the drivers. Esports fans want it all. They want the back stories, the drivers’ journeys to greatness, the emotion of being chosen to represent an F1 team. And they want to experience daring manoeuvres on the track. F1 New Balance Esports Series delivers this. That is why a new and younger audience is embracing the F1 story. Series 3 is going to be bigger, bolder and more entertaining than ever.” For more information on the 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Series visit www.f1esports.com. View the full article
  14. We are very happy to announce that F1® 2019, the official videogame of the 2019 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, is coming a full two months earlier into the F1® season and will launch worldwide on Friday 28th June 2019! To whet your appetite (just a little…) and celebrate today’s announcement we’ve released a trailer, which showcases some of the game’s brand new look and feel. You can check it out right here: For those of you who might know the F1® calendar off by heart, this will, of course, mean that game will be released during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend and, unlike previous iterations, ahead of the British, German and Hungarian Grands Prix. F1® 2019 has been in development here at Codemasters for nearly two years, making it the most ambitious release in the franchise history and launches on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC (DVD and via Steam). That’s not all though! Working in partnership with F1®, for the first time ever, you’ll be able to get behind the wheel of a 2019 regulation car specifically designed in collaboration with F1®’s technical team, headed up by Ross Brawn and Pat Symonds. The car, which will be available in Multiplayer, adheres to the 2019 regulations and comes with a range of livery designs offering you a new level of personalisation. We’ll be looking at this in more detail in the near future, but for now, you can take a look at these right here: The 2019 F1® Team liveries will also feature on the car in early marketing materials, but will be replaced by the final Team cars ahead of the games release. You can check these out at the bottom of the blog. We know that you love the F1® racing franchise, and we want to build on the success of previous iterations and deliver to you an experience that rivals the quality and production values of the real-life sport and includes several new game features which will be revealed in the coming months (so make sure you do keep it here for more!) “We are absolutely delighted to be able to release F1® 2019 earlier in the Formula 1® Season, so that the game can be played and enjoyed at the same time that the real-world championship picture is starting to form,” said Paul Jeal, F1® Franchise Director at Codemasters. “Our close relationship with Formula 1® has played a major part in achieving this key objective for the franchise. That in addition to our near two-year development cycle, has allowed us to develop some exciting new features and other firsts for the franchise that we can’t wait to share with our community in the coming months.” “The exciting collaboration with Ross Brawn and Pat Symonds has created new levels of player personalisation in F1® 2019 through the inclusion of the new regulation car,” said Lee Mather, F1® 2019 Game Director at Codemasters. “With the continued growth of the F1® series, it’s great to give players more control and new levels of car and driver customisation and we can’t wait to talk more about this alongside the new multiplayer features in the coming months.” We’ve got a lot of exciting things to reveal and talk about, so make sure you keep it here for the F1® 2019 news and details on all the new features, and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. View the full article
  15. Hi all, and welcome back to the DiRT Rally 2.0 Road Book! It’s been a busy few weeks here; we’ve been working around the clock to bring you Season One’s new content, as well as working through your feedback and working on our first patch for DiRT Rally 2.0. We hope you’ve been loving playing the game so far, and we’re excited to bring you the first wave of fixes and changes! Today, v1.2 releases at 11am – at which point, RaceNet will go down for maintenance – so please make sure you’re not playing the game when 11am comes around as it could compromise your event times uploading to the server. We’re expecting to be back up and running by 12pm, so don’t worry – it’ll be a maximum of an hour’s down time before you can get back to being DiRTy! For those of you keen to know what today’s update will bring, the full list of notes is below: • Stability improvements across all modes • Prevented negative times from posting to leaderboards • OSD Dial can now be enabled in headcam • New engine audio for Citroen C3 R5 and Ford Mustang GT4 • ‘Upgraded’ trophy/achievement will now unlock • Darkness issue resolved when using interior cameras • Softlock will no longer occur if user owns too many vehicles • Proximity indicators are now available for rallycross • Prevented exploit for claiming rewards multiple times • Podium counter will now correctly update in My Team • Prevented audio cut outs • Joker Lap cut-scene is now skippable • Custom online will no longer disconnect users in specific conditions • Improvements and corrections to text (all languages) • Improvements to subtitle content • Accented characters will be entered correctly in user text fields Please let us know if you’ve seen anything slip through the cracks on the official bug report threads for v1.2, which can be found in the usual places on Steam and on our forums. We’re always listening on our social media channels too, so if there’s anything you’re concerned about – you know where to find us. Server-side, we’ve also tuned frequency of night stages and bad weather stages. We know a lot of you were reporting that the occurrence of dark/wet stages was a little too frequent, so we’ve done some tweaking to ensure a few more dry and day stages. For those of you who are questioning the size of the patch: some good news! Even if you’re not a Deluxe Edition user, you will be able to access the new environments in multiplayer. So, for example: if one of your friends has set up a rally lobby with Monte Carlo – you too will be able to enjoy Monte Carlo, even if you haven’t bought Monte Carlo! We can’t promise you’ll be any better at it than your pals – after all, you’ll have slightly less practice – but we wanted to make sure we weren’t restricting multiplayer lobbies by cutting people off to this content. Once our new locations are out, we’re also planning on running some taster Community Events – so stay tuned for when they’ll start to happen too. Finally: as we’ve mentioned on our forums, we’re continuing to investigate the concerns some of you have raised with FFB. We’re taking your feedback incredibly seriously, and we are giving this the time and investigation it deserves. We know we need to strike a fine balance between the large number of players who are happy with the FFB, and those of you who want an experience closer to the original DiRT Rally. We’ll continue to keep you informed of our progress – and once we’re happy with the update, we’re hoping to announce plans which will enable some of you to playtest it before we roll it out to everyone. View the full article