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  1. Are we still allowed to say ‘Happy New Year’ in the middle of January? Well, it’s the first Racing Line of the 2K21 and you can’t stop us, so: Happy New Year! We hope your festive period was filled with rest, recuperation and, above all, racing. If you found your first Codemasters game under the tree, or generated it from the funds of the generic gift card your distant relatives send over every year, congrats – welcome to the club. Whether you’re new around here or a Codies veteran, we’ve made sure that your first fortnightly update of all the big Codemasters news and content in 2021 has something for you. Live events, new content drops, community highlights and much more are just a scroll or two away, as we begin another trip around the sun at full speed. Hold on tight, team… DIRT 5 Welcome! Yes, I know: January often isn’t the most delightful month of the year, as we desperately try to rediscover a sleeping pattern and regret all that food we ate. If you, like myself, aren’t quite ready to let go of the festive cheer just yet, head into DIRT 5, where our free slate of Snow Limits content remains available to all players. 2020 was big for DIRT 5, but we’re dead-set on making sure 2021 is the one. To make that a reality, we’re already giving you details on what sort of content you can expect to see added to the game as the year goes on. Check it out: Alongside these additions will be constant tweaks and changes that are driven by the feedback of all DIRT 5 players; not just fixes, but extra features and options that you have asked for, and we’ve set aside time to add. Want to be a part of that process? The best way to get in touch with us is always through the game’s official Discord server. I’m online each weekday to take your questions, check out your requests, and have a general chit-chat with the community. Want some more details? Not a problem – in late-December, I sat down with Development Director Robert Karp to go over DIRT 5’s journey so far, and preview what’s to come. Fortunately, we recorded the whole thing and dropped it on YouTube:  Whilst the team work hard on polishing up the first content drop, we’re continuing to send DIRT 5 goodness your way – Playgrounds of the Week (and Month!), photo mode contests, 4K cockpit cam gameplay, and much more. Keep racing, creating and sharing, and get ready for a fun ol’ year. – Chris F1 2020 Hi, happy new year, and welcome to the first Racing Line of 2021! If you celebrated, we hope you had a great holiday – it’s back to work for us, and we have plenty of things for you! F1® Esports Pro Series Wow, we were treated to a GREAT finale! Spoiler alert from here on in though! Jarno Opmeer was crowned 2020 F1® Esports Pro Series champion, after coming home seventh in the season-closing race in Brazil. The Alfa Romeo Racing OLREN F1® Esports racer held a 16-point advantage over nearest rival Frederik Rasmussen, but after he failed to score, Opmeer’s mid-pack finish was more than enough to seal the deal. Whilst missing out for on the title for the second year in a row, Rasmussen’s success helped Red Bull Racing Esports team retain their teams’ title for another season. The finale was tense, nail-biting, and a lot of fun – and you can watch the last race of the season here: F1® Esports Challengers The 2020 season may have finished, virtual podiums celebrated, and champion crowned, but there’s plenty of esports action to come! Just before Christmas, the F1 Esports Challengers started in earnest. What is the Challengers, I hear you ask! The Challengers is the gateway to the F1 Esports big leagues and the possibility of being signed by one of the official F1® Esports teams! 16 players qualified on each platform by taking part in the ‘F1® Esports’ specific events we held in F1® 2020 in October and November (we’ve written a lot about them in the Racing Line!) Each platform has its own 10-race Challengers championship, racing in equal-performance cars, and the top six will earn a place in the next stage. That means 18 very talented virtual F1® 2020 drivers will be heading forward from the Challengers. Event One got underway through the week of 21st December; find out what happened here, as well as catch up on all the livestreams! Beginner’s Guides New to F1® games? Found F1® 2020 under your Christmas tree and need a bit of help? Or maybe this isn’t your first rodeo and you’d like a quick refresher? We’ve got just the thing for you – our beginner’s guides. We released this guide on the racing line just before the festive break:  You can check out our YouTube playlist of guides right here. We’re adding to this all the time, so we recommend you bookmark it! See you next time! – Jenny DIRT RALLY 2.0 Hi everyone, PJ here with a quick Rally update: DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – Grand Finals This weekend we were set to host the finale of the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series, live from Autosport International in the UK. For obvious reasons, that’s not going ahead – however, we have solidified our plans for the Grand Finals to still take place. Instead, join us on February 27 from wherever you are in the world, as we host a virtual final and see the best rally and rallycross players in the world compete for glory. Our team and partners are spending the next few weeks ensuring all of the participants are adequately set up with the right hardware, guaranteeing an even playing field. For more information on the World Series and its competitors, head here. In the meantime, the prize car for the Qualifiers (the Ford Fiesta R5 MKII) has been unlocked and can be driven in-game by all players. Keep an eye out for it in the Garage section of the game as it can be purchased with in-game currency, just like any other car. That’s all for now, good luck out there on the road. -PJ PROJECT CARS 3 Hello racers and welcome to the first Racing Line entry of 2021 from the Slightly Mad team! I hope you had plenty of down-time and stuffed your face with delicious food. As for us, it’s business as usual in the world of Project CARS, with plenty of exciting things coming your way. Future Content Many of you in the community have been asking about the future of Project CARS 3. I can confirm that we’ll continue to support the game with regular updates along with two more DLC packs with brand new cars, customisation items and free tracks. More details on this will be share when the time is appropriate. Catching Up Since the release of Project CARS 3 last August, the team has been busy rolling out content for you to enjoy outside the game. Take a look at the blog section of our website to read about historic racetracks and legendary cars, and learn about various other aspects of the game. We’ve also got something new for you—playlists containing tips on how to master the craft of car control, how to achieve a clean lap in Rivals Mode, and setup advice. Get stuck in! And that’s it from me this week. If you want to ask me anything, look for me on our Discord server, and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Project CARS 3 news by following us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and our website for regular updates. F1® MOBILE RACING Pop open that bubbly and let the confetti rain down – we have our first ever F1® Mobile Racing Esports champion! Congratulations to ‘PAGLIA’, Matteo Pagliani, who outlasted over 60,000 other players and 3,500 Grand Finalists to take home the crown. Get this: Participants from over 170 countries took part in the event, with well over 100 million minutes of racing action and 10 million Duels! The competitive action of our free-to-play official F1 game on iOS and Android went up another notch in this special event, so thank you to players old and new for taking part. Of course, the action doesn’t stop in F1® Mobile Racing, and there’s plenty to get stuck into right now if the Esports event left you wanting even more. Now open is the Community Challenge GP Event – a five-round competition using tracks selected by our players. Set your best times on a quintet of iconic circuits, see where you rank against the rest of the world and earn yourself some big in-game rewards. Good luck! ANY OTHER BUSINESS? Thank you to everyone who took part in our Humble Bundle event over the festive period, running from December 22 to January 5. Through purchases of our games, almost £65,000 has been raised for Access Sport – a fantastic charity focused on empowering young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through the power of sport. Again, thank you for playing your part. View the full article
  2. Time to answer one of life’s true burning questions. As we sled into December, I’m sure it’s on your mind as well, to put this query to bed, once and for all. Is this, truly, the most wonderful time of the year? The festive period is great and all, but it’s up against some stiff competition. New Year is normally pretty cool. So are birthdays, all other public holidays, and the entire summer is a strong contender. This year, though, this statement is probably dead on. With the next generation of consoles in our hands, a slew of new games to play through (particularly Codies games, right?) and the cold weather giving us an excuse to stay tucked up indoors, it does seem rather wonderful. We’re sure Andy Williams was all too aware of these points when releasing this banger in 1963. Anyway, a wonderful time like this in the gaming world needs a round-up, specifically on live Codemasters titles, which are dashing through the snow as we speak. Kick back, reach for those mince pies, and find out how our racing games are making this December extra-special… F1® 2020 Hello! Welcome to this week’s Racing Line! The year’s coming to an end, but F1® 2020 news isn’t slowing down – let’s get straight into it… Before we go any further, we’d like to wish Romain Grosjean the best after his crash in the Bahrain Grand Prix. It was great to see him back in the paddock at the Sakhir Grand Prix, and we know that you’ll join us in wishing him a speedy recovery. Talking about the Sakhir Grand Prix, it was a good one, wasn’t it? We made some special screenshots after George Russell stepped in for Lewis Hamilton after he tested positive for coronavirus. We hope Lewis gets well soon, but you can see the screenshots we posted here: F2 2020 You’ve been waiting for it for a while, and now it’s here. Yesterday, we released the F2 2020 cars in a free update to F1® 2020. If you haven’t taken the 2019 F2 cars out in F1® 2020, now’s the perfect time to try out the original F2 2020 calendar. They’re a little bit different from an F1® car, with less downforce and no power steering, so you’ll need to brake a lot earlier and be more cautious into the corners if you’re taking out F2 cars for the first time. You can read more about the F2 2020 update here, and check out the patch notes right here. Feel free to send us your F2 2020 screenshots – we’d love to see you taking them out in F1® 2020! Free Trial Not tried out F1® 2020 yet? If you’re new to F1® games, or if you haven’t managed to check it out, you can now give it a spin with the free trial on Xbox One and PlayStation®4! Find out more about our free trial in our guide below: Beginner’s Guides New to F1® games? Or maybe you’re a veteran who wants a quick refresher on how things work? Our guides are just the thing. Our latest guide is on (funnily enough) the racing line:  You can check out our YouTube playlist right here of guides. We’re adding to it all the time, so make sure you bookmark it to come back to. See you next time! – Jenny DIRT 5 Let’s go up another gear, shall we? Ever since launch we’ve been busy listening to your feedback, reading your reports and seeing how we can make your DIRT 5 experience even more enjoyable. Update 2.00, the first major update for the game, is on the way, turning plenty of that feedback into actions. Whilst the finishing touches are made, we wanted to keep you in the loop on what you can expect to be new and different in DIRT 5 when this arrives. Make sure to check out our recent deep dive on Update 2.00, with news on changes in key areas mentioned by players, a couple of important fixes, and the addition of wheel support. Plenty more info on the latter is in that blog post, and we’ll continue to listen to your feedback on this new addition as it rolls out in the next few days. We’re full speed ahead with plenty of regular community activities in the meantime, particularly Playground of the Week – our weekly chance to crown one of your creations as the very best of the bunch in our brand new mode. In case you’re new around here: Playgrounds is DIRT 5’s custom race map creator, giving you a completely blank slate and huge array of objects to design the event of your dreams, including checkpoint-based races or Gymkhana runs. Create whatever you can imagine, show it off to the world, and see if you get featured! – Chris DIRT RALLY 2.0 Hey everyone, PJ here with a quick catchup on the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series. DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – Round 3 Finals Round 3 of the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series ended last week with another set of broadcasts, hosted by our resident rally driver Jon Armstrong and World Rallycross Championship commentator Andrew Coley. As expected, it was another fine display of performance from our drivers across Xbox, PlayStation and Steam, but not without its drama, especially in the Rallycross events. If you missed any of the action, you can catch it all here. You won’t have to wait long for more top-level play, as our best-performing players from all three rounds are now preparing for the Semi-Finals. They’ll be live on December 19 and you can watch them in all the usual places. That’s all for now, catch you again soon. – PJ PROJECT CARS 3 Hello and welcome to another entry in the Racing Line blog! Take your positions on the grid, as we’re about to go for another round-up of all that’s been happening in the world of Project CARS 3 and the Slightly Mad Studios team. Update #3 First sector of the lap is Update 3 for Project CARS 3. Along with various improvements, and the implementation of Logitech’s new TrueForce racing wheels technology for the PS4 and PC platforms, this update also brings a new circuit into the game. Check out more details here. See December in with Style (Pack) The Style Pack DLC that will release on December 15th will include three brand new and highly-anticipated road cars; the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37, and the Hennessey Venom F5. Also included in the pack is the usual array of new customisation items for both your cars and drivers. From December 15th, all Season Pass holders will be able to download this pack for free, and it’s also available to purchase from your platform’s digital store. But wait, that’s not all! As part of the update and DLC, a new circuit is also included and is free for all Project CARS 3 players: this is the Bahrain International Circuit, the first circuit to be awarded the FIA Institute Centre of Excellence award. It comes with four layouts as well: GP, Inner, Outer, and Paddock. Best One-Spec Racing Series We continue our car feature blog series, this time highlighting two great one-spec racing machines from the 1990s. Find out what makes the Ferrari F355 Challenge and the Lamborghini Diablo GT-R so special in: Best One-Spec Racing Series. Guides Over the last few months, we’ve been releasing a series of video guides for Project CARS 3, giving you helpful tips on how to improve your racecraft and driving skills. The most recent techniques we tackled are trail braking and how to all wheel drive; both essential techniques to shave precious seconds of your lap time. Just in case you missed out any of our previous guides, here’s a handy YouTube playlist for you. That’s it from me this week. Come hang out with the rest of the community in our Discord server, and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Project CARS 3 news by following us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and our website for regular updates. – Fernando F1® MOBILE RACING A dramatic fortnight of racing almost brings us to the end of the real-world F1 season – but the action never stops in F1® Mobile Racing! Particularly right now, with the Esports Leagues in full swing, we’re seeing some intense competition in our free-to-play handheld game, out now on iOS and Android. Congratulations to user ‘HIGHSPEEDLOWDRAG’ for topping the leaderboards this month with a whopping 3271 Duels! That takes them one step further along the Esports challenge, with some mega prizes on offer to the overall winner. Finally, thanks for your patience today as we roll out Update 16 for F1® Mobile Racing. The team are aware that some players are currently having trouble accessing the game since the update – if that’s the case for you, head here for troubleshooting and workaround steps, whilst a full solution is worked on. Thank you! – Chris ANY OTHER BUSINESS? – Extra, extra! Okay, it’s not quite a newspaper, but this is still pretty cool. Thank you to Official PlayStation Magazine (OPM) for choosing DIRT 5 to be one of its special edition covers for January 2021! You can nail down your copy already here. – As you may’ve guessed, the Codemasters team will be temporarily dropping down a gear or two for the festive break, but not for long. With that in mind, the Racing Line will return in January, full of food, bubbly, and resolutions that will absolutely be broken by February. See ya! View the full article
  3. What are you thankful for? At this turkey-twizzling time of year, that’s a question we’ve been pondering over at Codemasters Towers. We’re thankful for hairpins and handbrakes. We’re thankful for roaring engines and rickety roll-cages. We’re very thankful for the mean full English breakfast that the canteen team can rustle up at Codies HQ. Most of all, though, we’re thankful to you, our incredible community, for getting behind the wheel of our creations and sharing the experience with others. In return, we bring you this – another Racing Line fuller than your post-Thanksgiving belly with big news and updates. So, stick that pumpkin pie to one side, stop filling up that basket with Black Friday deals, and give this a good read… DIRT 5 You get a launch day! You get a launch day! In the world of DIRT 5 we’ve been almost having more launch days than extra servings from the Thanksgiving table – but, it is now complete. DIRT 5 is out now for PC via Steam, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, including free next-gen upgrade options for current-gen players! Phew. Ticking off those next-gen boxes for launch has also meant more glowing DIRT 5 reviews, including an 8.5/10 from GameInformer and a whopping 9.5/10 from GodisaGeek, waxing lyrical on the game’s visual quality, audio, and haptic feedback integration on PS5. If you haven’t already, c’mon: come see what all the fuss is about. Following a couple of small post-launch patches, we are also gearing up for the first major post-launch DIRT 5 update! Full details are receiving some final tweaks but this is, without a doubt, our biggest update so far, including the addition of wheel support to DIRT 5 on all platforms. There are also a bunch of changes based on your feedback, including to Online matchmaking and to the handling of Sprint cars. Finally, as we may’ve let slip on Twitter, you can expect some fresh content to sail down your chimney too! All will be revealed very soon. We’ll keep you updated on our channels, of course, though Discord is always the best way to stay in the know when it comes to DIRT 5. You can ask yours truly a question, check out the latest news, suggest some new content, and chat with fellow DIRT 5 players. Here’s your ticket. – Chris F1® 2020 Hey – welcome to this week’s edition of the Racing Line – there’s plenty to talk about in the world of F1® 2020 this week! Free Trial If you’re reading this and you haven’t played F1® 2020 yet (where have you been?), we’ve got just the thing for you. This week, we launched a free trial of F1® 2020 on PS4 and Xbox One, which you can check it out here. You’ll be able to create your own F1® team – designing your car, customising your character, choosing your team name, primary sponsor, and Power Unit before picking a Formula 2 team-mate. Once you’re done, you’ll be heading to Albert Park for the first race of the season. That’s not all – we’ve enlisted the help of TommyT999 (and MaximeMXM for those of you in the Netherlands – check this out here) to tell you more about what’s in the trial. F1® Esports 2020 Pro Series We raced on some legendary virtual tracks in last week’s Pro Series event. Seriously. Silverstone, Spa and Monza – what a bunch! And the action was just as legendary, with Silverstone providing Renault Vitality’s Nicolas Longuet with his debut esports win, Dani Bereznay spoiling a Red Bull Racing Esports 1 – 2 at Spa-Francorchamps and David Tonizza back on top with a win on his virtual home turf in Monza. Phew! If that’s got you interested, you can watch the highlights from those three races here. Next time out, it’s the Grand Final, and there’s a lot at stake, including a $750,000 prize pot. You don’t want to miss it, so make sure you’re watching on the 16th and 17th December over on all the usual places, like Twitch and YouTube! F1® Esports 2021 Challengers Watching the F1® Esports pros and wishing you were competing with them? Now’s your chance, but time is running out! The F1® Esports event finishes at the end of this month (that’s in a few days), and this is your last chance to qualify. Interested? Head to the ‘F1 Esports’ tab in F1® 2020 to play it now, or you can find out more about the event here. See you next time! – Jenny DIRT RALLY 2.0 Hey everyone, PJ here with some quick news on DiRT Rally 2.0. DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – Qualifiers Complete Earlier this week we finished the third month of World Series qualifiers; many thanks to all of you for competing. Once the results are confirmed and players contacted, we progress to the playoff stages, with a series of live broadcasts taking place over the coming months. If you want a taste of that action right now, here are the highlights from our most recent playoff, and I’ll be back in the next Racing Line with details on the next one. If you missed out on the Ford Fiesta R5 MKII, we plan to unlock this for all players once the World Series ends in early 2021. In the meantime, give it a go in Time Trial – it’s rather quick. McRae’s Title: The Story of 1995 Last week we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Colin McRae’s victory in the World Rally Championship, a title which ultimately led to the development of the original Colin McRae Rally. The ’95 season was a topsy-turvy one with retirements, disqualifications, team orders, sudden punctures and many more things at play, and if you’ve not experienced it before it’s well worth looking back on. Catch our video and summary here, or read up on DirtFish’s excellent series of articles, detailing the season as it happened. That’s all from me this week; and if you’ll excuse me I’m off to try and beat this rapid onboard’s Stage time. – PJ PROJECT CARS 3 Racers, start your engines! It’s time for another round-up of all things Project CARS 3. From community highlights to revisiting forgotten racing circuits, plus the latest Rivals Challenge, let’s take the best racing line into this week’s update. Virtual Photography Games photography is a unique aspect of our community, and we were lucky enough to get the inside scoop with one of the community’s most famed virtual photographers, Craig “Torque” Whitaker. He gave us a peek into the creative process of virtual photography and shared some tips for beginners. You can read about his work and some tips and advice in the Driving Seat blog post. If that inspired you to begin snapping some Project CARS 3 photos of your own, please don’t be shy and share them with us on social media. We’ll be highlighting the best shots for our community. Legendary Circuits In Project CARS 3, you can drive many historic racing cars from the world of motorsport. But you can also drive those legends on long-forgotten racetracks, such as the old Monza and Rouen-les-Essarts, depicted in their prime form for your driving pleasure. Catch up on our latest feature to learn more about these legendary race circuits: Lost Legends come to Life in Project CARS 3. Rivals Challenge Have you been keeping up with this month’s Rivals Mode challenges? The latest weekly Rivals Mode event sees you race the mythical McLaren F1 with its beastly-sounding 6.1L V12. Be sure to watch our guide video and find that extra tenth of a second that you need to beat your rival. You can also keep track of all weekly events, and check who is topping the leaderboards, on our dedicated Rivals Challenge page. And that’s it from me this week. Come hang out with the rest of the community in our Discord server, and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Project CARS 3 news by following us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and our website for regular updates.” – Fernando F1® MOBILE RACING Over in our free-to-play official handheld F1 title, we’re paying tribute to a true legend of the sport, with the Michael Schumacher Event! With the Event Pass, you automatically receive a special Schumacher livery and each GP Event offers a chance to win a different Schumacher themed livery or helmet, recently added to the game. More info on the Schumacher liveries and helmets are over in our FAQ page. With Esports still rolling on and our live GP Events as hotly contested as ever, it’s a perfect time to jump in and compete on iOS or Android. We’re also getting in on the Black Friday spirit, too – keep an eye on the in-game Shop over Friday and the weekend for some unmissable deals. – Chris ANY OTHER BUSINESS? You know what time it is. Thanksgiving and Black Friday means some seriously tasty deals, and over on Steam, we’re bringing you just that with a slew of critically-acclaimed titles. From F1 2020, GRID, DiRT Rally 2.0, F1 Race Stars (!!) and more, head here to see a host of Codies titles on sale for PC at up to 75% off! View the full article
  4. “It’s the most wonderful time… of the year…” No, we haven’t gone early on the festive vibes, and no, we haven’t found a time machine and travelled a thoroughly unimpressive amount of time. For all of us gamers, now probably feels like Christmas has come early, with new consoles, new games, new reasons to take shelter from the cold and lose yourself in a game or two. The best bit? Codemasters is full speed ahead through this exciting time, with fresh Esports action, major updates, and the small matter of a brand new game launching with next-gen hardware. We told you it was exciting! Let’s get started with a chance to finally redeem that invitation to LET LOOSE… DIRT 5 We made it, people. Our long journey to launch has reached its destination, screaming over the finish line in style. It feels good to say this: DIRT 5 is out now! Available right now on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 (selected territories, out globally by November 19), PS4, Xbox One and PC, we are incredibly proud to be sharing DIRT 5 with you. The celebrations kicked off last week with the official launch trailer (below), and carried on with a special look at the game running on PS5, followed by this week’s Xbox Launch Celebration show, featuring yours truly.  With launch well underway, we’re already putting the spotlight on your in-game creations. We can’t help but share some of the best DIRT 5 photo mode shots on our social channels, but each Monday, we’re taking it one step further. One chosen photo mode shot will be chosen each Monday as the new banner for the DIRT social channels! Follow us and look out for posts each Monday to find out how to enter. On Friday, meanwhile, it’s all about Playgrounds. In the game, the Featured area of Playgrounds is refreshed with a new slate of hand-picked custom arenas, that we think deserve your attention. From those Featured Playgrounds, every Friday we will choose one to be our ‘Playground of the Week’! The brilliant ‘X Games 2020’ by Merginator was our first POTW, and tomorrow we’ll reveal the second. There’s still time to show us your Playground and stake your claim – upload footage of your creation using #POTW! Whilst we’re bringing you all that fun and games, the hard work is well underway behind the scenes on the usual patches and updates to further improve your experience. The DIRT 5 Discord is the best place to be to track all of this – here, you can speak directly with the DIRT 5 team, check out a dedicated channel for patch notes and other game updates, and use our feedback form to give us your thoughts on the game. The journey to this point may’ve been long, but we’re just getting started… – Chris F1® 2020 Hey all, and welcome to this week’s Racing Line. Here’s what’s going on in the world of F1® 2020! F1® Esports Pro Series Event Two of the F1® Esports Pro Series got underway last week with races four (Circuit Zandvoort), five (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve) and six (Red Bull Ring). If you didn’t watch it, you missed some fantastic racing action, including “the greatest example of teamwork ever seen in the F1® Esports Pro Series” (and that’s not us saying that either, that’s direct from F1 Esports commentator Matt Gallagher). We won’t spoil it for you, but you can watch a clip of the action below, and if that whets your appetite, you can watch the whole race here. We’re halfway through this year’s Pro Series, and there’s so much action still to come. Next week sees races seven (Silverstone), eight (Circuit Spa-Francorchamps) and nine (Autodromo Nazionale di Monza), and these are not ones you’ll want to miss! Head to f1esports.com for more information. F1® Esports 2021 Challenger Series You could be racing amongst the F1® Esports Pros next year! It all starts with the F1® Esports qualifying event that’s open right now – you can find it by heading to the ‘F1 Esports’ tab in F1® 2020. Find out more about the event here; the short version is that the eight players with the highest score will qualify for the 2021 Challenger Series. What’s the Challenger Series? Well, that’s your road to the next stage and the possibility of being signed by one of the official F1® Esports teams. You can find out more about the Challenger Series here. Podium Pass Podium Pass Series Two finished earlier this week, and it’s not long now until Series Three starts… we can’t wait to show you what new customisation items we have in store for you. We’ll be showing off what we’ve got lined up for you very soon, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled! See you next time, – Jenny DIRT RALLY 2.0 Hey everyone, PJ here again. DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – Round 3 Underway We’re into the final set of DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series Qualifiers, with only a few weeks of competition left before we whittle down the tens of thousands of players to a handful. This week it’s R5 cars at Australia and RX2 cars in Sweden, and as always we have demonstration runs up on YouTube. This is also a perfect opportunity to try out the Ford Fiesta R5 MKII, and when you finish the Qualifier you’ll get the car yourself on Tuesday. The top players from these Qualifiers will be invited to a playoff broadcast in early December. We recently capped off the Round 2 broadcast, and you can catch all of that on YouTube too. That’s all for now, good luck out there on the road. – PJ PROJECT CARS 3 It’s been quite a busy week for us at Slightly Mad Studios with the release of the first add-on pack, the “Legends Pack”, along with a fresh update to Project CARS 3. Let’s take a drive and see what’s new, as well as what you can look forward to in the near future. Legends Pack This is the first in a series of downloadable content for Project CARS 3 and features three legends from Japan’s awesome car culture: the Acura NSX, Mazda RX-7 R2, and Toyota Supra MkIV Turbo, plus their respective racing conversions. Feast your eyes on the launch trailer to see them in action! Along with new cars, dozens of customisation options, and achievements for you to unlock, there’s also a new race circuit for you to master, the Yas Marina Circuit, available for free to all Project CARS 3 drivers. A new update is also available for all platforms, bridging support for the DLC pack and various other improvements. To find out what exactly, check out the update notes. Rivals Challenge Undoubtedly one of the most popular features in Project CARS 3 is our Rivals Challenge, that has the whole community challenging one another to post the fastest possible time around a specific circuit with a pre-selected car. To stay up to date on upcoming Rivals Mode challenges, and who has the fastest time, be sure to keep an eye on our dedicated Rivals Mode page. Plus, don’t forget to tune in to our social channels where we run a weekly track guide for that week’s Rivals Challenge. Porsche 911 The Classic everyman sportscar from Porsche comes in many different flavours in Project CARS 3. From historic racing machines to track day weapons and the latest in road car innovation, we’ve got it all covered. With so many to choose from, it’s only natural that you’d want to learn which ones suit you best. Lucky for you, we’ve got just the thing: read our feature blog to find out more. And that’s it from me this week. Come hang out with the rest of the community in our Discord server, and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Project CARS 3 news by following us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and our website for regular updates. – Fernando F1® MOBILE RACING Congratulations are in order for F1® Mobile Racing player ‘FALCO’ – the latest monthly winner of our F1® Mobile Racing Esports Leagues winner, with an incredible 4009 duels under their belt! That’s another player giving themselves every chance of success in our competitive mode, for which we revealed much more details on over the past fortnight. Check out our article on the Esports event to see how the Playoffs and Grand Final will work, and what’s at stake! Make sure to keep an eye on the in-game store for flash offers, just like the 24-hour sale we recently ran for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team pack at 50% off, following their title-clinching performance in Imola! – Chris RACING AHEAD It’s been fantastic to see just how much Racing Ahead content creators have been enjoying DIRT 5 since its first of three launches last week. Whilst you might not have time to watch the 180+ videos they’ve created already, we’ve selected a handful of our favourites below. BlackPanthaa dived into almost every mode available and even brought his wife Meadow in for a quick race in split-screen. Camodo got his first taste of ice racing on New York’s East River and TmarTn has been flying through Career mode, with three episodes under his belt already. Plus, he’s taken a look at DIRT 5 running on Xbox Series X – it’s not to be missed! Want more? We’ve tailored a playlist of Racing Ahead coverage over on YouTube. You can find it by clicking here. 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  5. As promised, we have some juicy information on the upcoming F1® Mobile Racing Esports Finals to share with you! It’s time to fill you in on what to expect from the Finals and give you a sneak peek at some of the amazing rewards you can earn! The F1® Mobile Racing Esports Finals will be split up into two unique rounds. Everyone who has previously qualified for the Finals is eligible to compete in the Playoffs, but to progress into the Grand Final, you must perform well in the Playoffs. Both rounds will be time gated, so if you’re qualified be sure to keep an eye out for the times and dates of the Finals; these dates will be shared soon. Now, for the juicy info… The first round is the F1® Mobile Racing Esports Playoffs, consisting of three Grands Prix that will run for five days. After five days, the Playoffs is closed! These Grands Prix should be very familiar, as they follow the same structure as our other events: Qualifying, Grid Start and Sprint Race. After the Playoffs closes, the players in the qualified tier progress into the Grand Final and unlock a unique Esports Banner! This banner will be present in the player profile and within Duels, so players can show that they’re one of the Esports finalists! The Grand Final is where the competition really heats up, with the F1® Mobile Racing Esports PVP Tournament! Players that make it to the Grand Final will gain access to join F1® Mobile Racing Esports PVP Duels where they will only face other qualified players in Qualifying PVP Duels. The PVP tournament will be open for two hours, during which players must try and score as many points as possible by taking part in Qualifying PVP Duels. Players are awarded points by winning PVP Qualifying duels and winning sectors within those duels, so be sure to maximise your setup and record your best laps! Once the two hours are over, the Grand Final is complete and the player with the highest amount of points will be crowned the F1 Mobile Racing Esports 2020 Champion and will be sent a real F1 Mobile Racing Esports trophy! Alongside this, they will be awarded an amazing once-in-a-lifetime reward! More info on this to come in the near-future. The rest of the players will be placed into Gold, Silver & Bronze reward tiers, based on the amount of points they have overall. Dependant on your tier, you will earn Esports liveries, decals and more amazing in-game rewards. Make sure to follow F1® Mobile Racing on Twitter and Instagram, and join the game’s official Facebook group, to stay on track with the F1® Mobile Racing Esports Finals. View the full article
  6. Hey everyone, As always, we hope you are all well and staying happy and healthy – and just about handling your excitement for what’s around the corner in the gaming world. It’s an exhilarating time right now to be a gamer, and Codies is firmly placed in the centre of it all with new releases, new content, esports action and so much more on the schedule. As you can probably guess, it remains an incredibly busy time for the whole team, who continue to smash it out of the park in less than ideal circumstances. Kudos to all of them – we’re just here to tell you what they’ve been working on! Here’s the last two weeks of Codemasters news, content and general goings-on for you to kick back and take in, starting off with the small matter of a game launching next week… DIRT 5 Think about this. The next time we bring you the Racing Line, DIRT 5 would have launched on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, begun its launch on PlayStation 5, and be about to launch on Xbox Series X. Woah. Guess we better get on with this week’s edition then! We were thrilled to confirm that DIRT 5 will launch with PlayStation 5 from November 12, completing our slate of November arrival dates for our boldest ever off-road racer. DIRT 5 comes to Sony’s next-gen console with a slate of visual and technical enhancements, including 120fps options and faster load times, and also utilises the DualSense controller features for a brand new layer of racing immersion. We have even more details to drop on this soon, so keep an eye out for that as we speed to November 12. Speaking of next-gen (we love a good segue), if you’re planning to take DIRT 5 for spin on Xbox Series X on November 10, make sure to check out our official trailer, with all gameplay captured directly from Series X! Remember: DIRT 5 offers free upgrade options for both console platforms, so if you can’t wait until later this month to dive in, pre-order DIRT 5 for Xbox One or PS4, then upgrade to the next-gen version in a couple of weeks, free of charge. Sorted. That’s plenty of console chat – now for some PC love! We’ve been closely watching AMD this week as they reveal all on the Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics, not just because it’s some sweet new tech, but because DIRT 5 makes full use of it. With DirectX12 and RDNA under the bonnet, the PC experience for DIRT 5 is a pretty sensational one. Find out more in this video. We are so close now to DIRT 5 releasing to the world – and yet, we’ve still got a trick or two up our sleeve. Check out @dirtgame channels tomorrow at 9am GMT, to make sure you’re prepared for launch. – Chris F1® 2020 Hello everyone, PJ here doing his best Nico Hülkenberg impression to fill in for Jenny who is away this week. Lewis Hamilton breaks all-time wins record Let’s start with the big news from the sport itself, where Lewis Hamilton finally eclipsed the record that many thought was impossible, taking his 92nd Grand Prix victory. It’s a monumental achievement and a mark that will stand the test of time. How many do you think he will reach by the time he closes out his career? 100 is certainly doable, and already well within reach. To put the score into context, if you were to fire up F1® 2020 and start a new My Team save today, you would need to complete four full seasons and win every race along the way, along with four more wins in your fifth season to match that total. F1® have put out a great YouTube playlist covering the achievement from all angles; check it out here. 2021 F1 Esports Series Qualifiers As I write this, there’s only a few days left to take part in the first F1® Esports Qualifier for next year. Your objective? Take Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes to Monza, chase down Charles Leclerc and secure P2. Need a little help? Our qualification guide covers all the basics of getting a good score. There are plenty of reasons to take part other than the top prize however, with a sweet set of golden F1 Esports items awarded to participants, and the ever-enjoyable bragging rights for beating your friends. Don’t have anyone to go up against? Try beating my score if you like. I’m no pro, so only 166,000 points for me in this one. At least I did it with all of the assists turned off! The Monza Qualifier will wrap up at the end of October 31st, and the second month’s Qualifier will go live soon after that. Keep an eye on @formula1game for details. That’ll do it for now – good luck out there in your next race. – PJ DIRT RALLY 2.0 Hey everyone, PJ here again for some Rally news! DiRT Rally 2.0 passes 9 Million Driver milestone Earlier this month we passed a significant milestone, as 9 million of you have braved the Stages with us! To celebrate, we shared some stats, which you can read all about over here. It’s been a long journey and we’re nearing the end for DiRT Rally 2.0 as the development team focuses on the future, but we’d like to thank you all for the FLAT OUT attacks, the front-right punctures, the epic rallycross battles and everything else you’ve been up to. In that time you’ve clocked up more than 1.5 billion kilometres of driving, tackled close to 200 million Stages, and created many exciting stories along the way. Speaking of, we’ve got a few more to write this weekend… DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – Round 2 Playoffs On Saturday, the world’s fastest players will head online once again for the DiRT Rally 2.0 World series, and it’s set to be another dramatic showdown as we see just how quick people can really go out there. We’ll be bringing you all of the action live, so head on over to our YouTube and subscribe to catch us on Saturday afternoon. We’ll also be streaming the event on Twitch, Facebook and Motorsport.tv – keep an eye on @dirtgame for links to all those later this week. Want to know how things went down last time? Here are the Round 1 highlights from Rally and Rallycross. That’s all for today, see you on Saturday for the showdown. – PJ PROJECT CARS 3 Welcome back fellow racers! Things may appear rather quiet on the surface from us at Slightly Mad, but don’t let that deceive you — this is only the calm before the sandstorm. Legends are coming and while you wait (yes, there’s two clues about what’s coming next week in what you just read!), here’s what you may have missed from the world of Project CARS 3 since our last Racing Line entry. Driving Seat We have our own blog! Every two weeks on a Thursday, we’ll shine a light on news relevant to the Project CARS franchise and place you, the community, on the top spot of the podium. We powered off the line with a special interview with a community member on his advocacy in leading the push for accessibility in racing games, and it’s a fascinating insight into how our racing community creates games and accessibility for racers with disabilities. Ferrari F40 Along with our Driving Seat blog, we will also be bringing you insightful blogs about the various cars featured in Project CARS 3. The facts, the history, and all the stats needed to win can be found in this Ferrari F40 special feature – the first of the series. TIGA Awards Following on from winning gamescom 2020 “Best Simulation Game” award, Project CARS 3 continues to turn heads. The racing game has now been nominated for “Game of the Year” award at the TIGA Game Industry Awards 2020. You can cast your vote right here before October 30th. And that’s it from me this week. Be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Project CARS 3 news by following us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and don’t forget to join the Discord community and check our website for regular updates. – Fernando F1® Mobile Racing The latest update for F1® Mobile Racing is now live, and it’s certainly our spookiest so far! Update 15 adds Halloween-themed content, including visual items and a special GP Event. All players who have reached League 7 or higher in Duels are eligible to compete in this event, which offers some Halloween-themed rewards for the fastest drivers. See if you can hold your nerve… Meanwhile, The F1® Mobile Racing Esports challenges continue, with the Esports Leagues open for a few more days before we move onto the next phase of the series. Very soon, we’ll be announcing more details on the next stage of our biggest ever esports event – which you can participate in for free! Download the F1® Mobile Racing now on iOS and Android to join the action. – Chris ANY OTHER BUSINESS? – We’ve had an incredible TEN nominations for Codemasters titles at this year’s TIGA Awards! F1 2020, Project CARS 3 and DiRT Rally 2.0 are all up for gongs, and each title can also be voted for the in Game of the Year category. Find out more about the TIGA Awards and place your Game of the Year vote here. View the full article
  7. Racing Line. Another one. Lots of big Codemasters news. Too much to talk about. No need to bring you a pithy intro to read. Let’s get straight to it! Shall we begin with a bit of esports action? F1® 2020 Hey all and welcome to a brand new edition of the Racing Line! We’re starting off today’s entry by offering our congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins. It’s an amazing achievement, and equalling a record like Schumacher’s doesn’t happen every day! F1® Esports Pro Series Yesterday was the first live show of the 2020 F1® Esports Pro Series, and it absolutely kicked off in style! The first race was Bahrain, and it was a tight one, but one in which a daring alternate strategy from Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports’s Jarno Opmeer paid off. The second race? Well… what a race! Taking place at the (virtual) Hanoi Street Circuit, this race was a perfect way to show off just how tight and competitive this year’s field is. After battling for the majority of the race, it was a thrilling last lap overtake from FDA Hublot Esports Team’s David Tonizza on Nicolas Longuet that sealed the deal. If you haven’t seen it already, you are seriously missing out! Watch both right here: Enjoyed those races? Luckily for you, race three, which will be taking place on the virtual China circuit, will be happening tonight (15th October) from 7:30pm BST. You’ll be able to enjoy all the action live on f1esports.com, or on YouTube here. Want to find out more about F1® Esports? Check out all the team and driver information over here, as well as everything you need to know about schedules, rules and much more. F1 Esports Qualifying If you are enjoying the F1® Esports Pro Series action, you can qualify for next year’s right now (yes, right now!). Load up F1® 2020 and go to the ‘F1 Esports’ to play the event, and if you need more information, just head here… Beginner’s Guides If you’re new to the world of F1® games, or in need of a quick refresh, our beginner’s guides are just the thing for you! You can also check out our YouTube playlist; we’re adding to it all the time, so make sure you bookmark it to come back to. See you next time! – Jenny DIRT 5 Not much going on at the moment, right? We are very much on the home stretch on our journey to DIRT 5’s launch, with November 6 just a couple of weeks away. If we’re out here running livestreams showing off the game, you know we’re close to lift-off – and that’s exactly what we did this week! We went live this Tuesday to bring you a first look at DIRT 5’s Career mode, livery editor, a refresher on Playgrounds and more. If you missed any of the fun, the VOD is on our YouTube channel, and we’ve popped it below:  Just 24 hours before those live shenanigans, we got plenty of people talking with the first ever previews of DIRT 5 running on Xbox Series X, including 120fps options. Even with some expected snags with a work-in-progress build on a work-in-progress console, DIRT 5 and its visual setup received some glowing feedback. Digital Foundry said the game is “shaping up to be a perfect launch title”, whilst the brilliant MRDalekJD simply said “It just looks absolutely gorgeous”. We’re over the moon with this early feedback to a work-in-progress build, and can’t wait to bring the finished game to you on November 10 for Xbox Series X|S, and also very soon on PlayStation 5. Don’t forget – DIRT 5 on PS5 will also have 120fps capabilities, on top of more next-gen enhancements and utilising the DualSense controller features. More news on that very, very soon. Phew. Anything else? Just 12 rallycross cars with 600bhp battling around an Italian marble mine in an Ultra Cross event. Oh, and a point-to-point Rally Raid race with modern rally machines blasting through China. No biggie. If your appetite is whetted by that new gameplay and you can’t even wait for November 6, don’t forget – grabbing the Amplified Edition of DIRT 5 gets you three days early access, as well as the keys to every piece of post-launch content we add to the game in the next 12 months. Sound good? You better head here, then. – Chris PROJECT CARS 3 Hello racers, it’s that time again for me to guide you through the Project CARS 3 update for the Racing Line! This week I’ll be highlighting some new content that the Slightly Mad Studios team has been working on, and I am personally very excited about it! Let’s get going… Project CARS 3 Update A new hotfix is available for PlayStation 4, bringing your game version to 1.06. This hotfix will most likely reset the accolades tracker for a small number of players that were previously experiencing issues with this feature. If you were affected by this, 100,000 in-game credits will be automatically added to your account. Thank you to the entire Project CARS 3 community for providing us with valuable feedback for the team to improve the game and give you the best possible experience. Guides Over the coming weeks, we will be releasing a series of in-depth guides featuring driving techniques that give you an insight into cars and circuits featured in Project CARS 3, helping you become a better racer. Learn two ways of hitting the apex, saving you precious seconds each lap, and understanding the Performance Index Rating (PIR), so you always strike the perfect balance. After that, get a closer look at Imola and Snetterton for the ultimate corner and trivia expert knowledge. By now, you may have noticed the different levels these guides fall under. Here’s a breakdown of what these levels mean: 1. Beginner Entry-level tips for newcomers, teaching you the foundations of racing. 2. Novice Tips on driving techniques, assists and game mechanics. 3. Experienced Tuning setups and track guides for you to gain that extra edge. 4. Professional Advanced tips, deep dives on cars and circuits, and a look under the hood of the Madness Engine that power Project CARS 3 – from the physics to individual track dynamics. Rivals Challenge One of the most popular features in Project CARS 3 is Rivals Mode. Rivals invites you to challenge drivers worldwide in Monthly, Weekly, and Daily challenges. You only have a limited number of attempts to top the leaderboards, so to make those attempts count and help you save precious seconds from your lap time, we’re releasing a video each week that focuses on the car and track combination found in that week’s Rivals Mode challenge. Be sure to check our handy YouTube playlist, where you will find all the guide videos in one place, then find your rival in the official leaderboards. That’s all for this week. As always, if you want to keep up to date on all things Project CARS 3, join the Discord community, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and check our website for regular updates. – Fernando DIRT RALLY 2.0 Hello everyone, PJ here with your usual roundup of Rally news. DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – Round 2 Continues Round 2 of the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series is still ongoing, with the final week of Qualifiers live as you read this. On the Rally side we’ve been using the smooth Spanish tarmac for all three weeks of action; it’s one of my favourite locations in the game as it’s pleasantly easy to drive, but from past experience I know the leaderboards are super tight, as it’s the most hotly-contested location in Time Trial. You’ll need to nail every apex to be in with a shot of making the Playoffs at the end of the month. Rallycross is doing its usual rotation of Super1600, RX2 and World RX Supercars, using various locations across the official calendar. Remember: if you haven’t done any Qualifiers so far in 2020 you will get the Ford Fiesta R5 MKII after your first, so if you want one of the fastest rally cars in the game it’s worth competing for that alone. You can see Jon Armstrong throw it around Poland here. One Special Day 2020 SpecialEffect is a UK-based charity that provides help and support for disabled gamers, and on October 2nd we teamed up with them and our friends at Humble Bundle to celebrate One Special Day. If you’re yet to try out DiRT Rally 2.0 or have a few friends who you think might enjoy the experience, it’s available now on Humble for a specially-discounted price. You can check out the details here, as well as the other great games available in the bundle. At the time of writing this there are just under five days left in the offer, so give it a look during the weekend. That’s it for now; I’ll catch you all soon and good luck out there on the Stages. -PJ F1® MOBILE RACING We have our first monthly winner of the F1® Mobile Racing Esports leagues! Congratulations to ‘Moko’ for winning an unbelievable 3,777 Duels. Props to you for some incredible dedication to the Esports leagues – that’ll take some beating! Each month we’ll crown a winner, as the F1® Mobile Racing Esports competition continues, with amazing rewards up for grabs. But, if you’re looking for a different kind of challenge, not to worry – there are two live GP Events right now for you take part in and win big in-game goodies. The Exhibition event is a four-race event using fan-favourite tracks, whilst the 0 PI event is all about pure driving skill, as performance parts are removed for all drivers. Good luck! – Chris ANY OTHER BUSINESS? The closed beta for Project CARS Go is here! All invites have now been sent out to selected players from the list of applicants, so check your emails to see if you’ve been given access. Keen to find out more about this handheld one-touch racer? Head to the game’s website, and check out the game in action here. This past weekend, we marked World Mental Health Day with a celebration of gaming’s ability to support us through trickier times. We heard some wonderful stories about how Codemasters games have left a lasting affect on our community, and would love to hear more of them – feel free to join the chat here. If you would like to speak to someone about the subject of mental health, we’ve also listed some dedicated organisations here. View the full article
  8. October. After what feels like forever, it’s here. Somehow. As the nights draw in, the dressing gowns come out the wardrobe and the hot chocolates become more tempting, team Codies is still cooking with gas, working on upcoming games, live titles and everything in between. That’s why the Racing Line is here – to keep you updated on the latest news for those games, as an incredibly exciting year for gaming continues. So, pull on that dressing down, sip on that cocoa and enjoy another stacked Racing Line. How does new gameplay, multiplayer news and more for our upcoming racer sound to warm your cockles? DIRT 5 Ready to party? In a socially distanced manner, of course… Online multiplayer news for DIRT 5 kicked off recently, with the confirmation of our first party mode: Vampire! We gave you a glimpse of Vampire at the end of DIRT 5’s Playgrounds trailer – a mode similar to classic Outbreak and Infection events from past DIRT titles. Can you hold your nerve avoid being turned into a Vampire car by evading enemies in our unique racing arenas? Plenty more news on multiplayer for DIRT 5 – both traditional racing and more party modes – is being lined up, so watch this space. A quick reminder, while we’re here, to head to our official YouTube channel to watch new gameplay videos, including our recently-revealed looks at stadium racing and an incredible sandstorm transforming a race in Morocco. The gameplay was first revealed at EGX, DIRT 5 was out in force at this year’s all-digital event, not just showing off new gameplay and details, but also bringing expert opinion on talks and panels. Technical Director David Springate sat down with Digital Foundry to break down the task of developing DIRT 5 for next-gen consoles, dropping some fascinating insight on how the game is shaping up for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S:  Alongside all that console goodness, we’ve been ensuring, of course, that DIRT 5 runs like a dream on PC, too. Just ask Troy Baker! Last week we delivered something to the world-renowned voice actor, who portrays Alex ‘AJ’ Janicek in DIRT 5: a one-of-a-kind PC setup, in partnership with our pals at AMD Gaming. Check out Troy getting just a little bit excited as he unboxed this incredible piece of kit. We’re almost there, team – DIRT 5’s launch begins on November 6 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, followed shortly by Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. Don’t forget: We’re offering players a FREE upgrade option to the next-gen version of the game, which will include a 120fps option! Full details on the offer are here. – Chris F1® 2020 Hey all, What a Grand Prix we had this weekend! Did you see us track side at Sochi? You might just be able to spot our advertising in this picture of Daniel Ricciardo… What a race, though, with Valtteri Bottas taking the chequered flag in Russia! You can check out all our Russian Grand Prix F1® 2020 screenshots right here, though talking about Bottas leads us straight on to our next topic: F1® Esports Qualifying Want to be part of next year’s F1® Esports Series? Now’s your chance! The first qualifying event for next year’s Challenger Series – the road to the Pro Draft – is now open. You’ll be taking control of Bottas’ car at Monza. Your aim? Recreate the 2019 FORMULA 1® ITALIAN GRAND PRIX, or go and rewrite the history books – get Valtteri’s car into P2 or higher in the quickest time possible. Those at the top will go through to the Challenger Series, and there’s plenty of other ways to enjoy the challenge, including some new and exclusive F1® Esports customisation items! Play the event for yourself throughout the whole of October by heading to the ‘F1 Esports’ tab in-game. Beginner’s Guides New to F1® games? Or maybe you’re a returning veteran who wants a quick refresher on how things work? Our guides are just what you need. The latest guide we’ve rolled out is on manual starts, so if you want to make that perfect getaway, this is for you:  You can check out our Beginner’s Guides YouTube playlist right here to see the tips and tricks we’ve uploaded already. We’re adding to this all the time, so make sure you bookmark it to come back to. See you next time! – Jenny DIRT RALLY 2.0 Hello everyone, PJ here with your usual rally round-up. DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – Round 2 Underway Round 2 of the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series has just begun, giving you another three weeks to qualify for the next stage, but before that we had the playoffs from Round 1. The fastest players from the Round 1 Qualifiers faced off in some of the fastest rally and rallycross action you’ve seen all year, with World RX commentator Andrew Coley and our own Jon Armstrong calling the show. You can check out the highlights, full broadcasts and demonstration runs of the entire series on our YouTube channel. Version 1.16 Update Earlier this week we released the (currently) final update for DiRT Rally 2.0. This brought us the long-awaited Ford Fiesta R5 MKII as well as a few minor fixes that we could squeeze in. As a surprise, we also added new audio for the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, so now it pops, bangs, chirps and whistles as intensely as the real thing. Don’t believe me? Have a listen. Much like the Ford Escort RS Cosworth from a while back, this was fresh audio recorded for DIRT 5 that the audio team was able to include into the DiRT Rally 2.0 version of the car, so you can look forward to hearing it a lot more in the future. One Special Day 2020 – October 2nd If you’re reading this I presume you’re already enjoying DiRT Rally 2.0 but even if you’ve not tried it out yet, or you have a friend you’d like to recommend it to, we’ve got something you might be interested in. SpecialEffect is a UK-based charity that provides help and support for disabled gamers, as gaming is for everyone. Every year on October 2nd the games industry gets together to support this great cause with One Special Day, and you can get involved! We’ve teamed up with SpecialEffect and Humble to support this cause by offering DiRT Rally 2.0 on sale at a great low price. You can check out the details here as well as the other great games available in the bundle. That’s it for now; I’ll catch you all soon. – PJ PROJECT CARS 3 Hello once again, fellow racers! If you’re wondering why I use that line each time this blog goes live, it’s because I used to be a competitive racer myself, participating in multiple league events across several games back in the day. I hung up my racing gloves almost ten years ago, but I still love racing games and get excited whenever a new title gets announced, which is why it brings me great joy to tell you a bit more about Slightly Mad Studios’ upcoming venture into the mobile space with Project CARS GO! But first, let’s talk about Project CARS 3: Project CARS 3 Update #1 The first update for Project CARS 3 has landed and addresses many of those pesky issues reported by the community, which the team have been working hard to address. You can see what’s changed in the update notes here. Project CARS GO It’s been a while since news first broke that the Project CARS franchise was all set to make its long-awaited debut on mobile. Slightly Mad Studios has teamed up with mobile specialists Gamevil to bring you the Project CARS experience on the go (see what I did there?). Project CARS GO brings a curated selection of historic and modern-day motorsport machines, all licensed along with licensed tracks, to bring mobile players an on-the-go racing experience. It all hinges around a dynamic and seriously addictive one-touch play mechanism, and it’s just an absolute blast to play! If you’d like to try the game for yourself, a closed beta programme will be taking place from the 14th until the 27th of October for residents of the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia. You can sign up right now! That’s all I’ve got for you this week. As always, if you want to keep up to date on all things Project CARS 3, join the Discord community, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and check our website for regular updates. – Fernando F1® MOBILE RACING We’ve enjoyed seeing all of you compete for glory in the new F1® Mobile Racing Esports Leagues – our most competitive and high-stakes PvP mode to date! Only the very best drivers will be rising through the ranks and giving themselves a shot at esports success. Yet to get in on the action? Download F1® Mobile Racing now to play, completely free, on iOS and Android to take on the world. As always with any new update for F1® Mobile Racing, we’ve immediately been tracking and responding to player feedback, getting your thoughts on the new additions and tweaks we’ve implemented, to see how we can make further improvements down the line. If you’re experiencing anything you’d like to report to us, there’s an in-game support service you can use through the Options menu. Alongside the esports action and all our usual ways to play, check out the latest GP Event – the 0 PI Event, where car performance for all competitors is completely balanced. Success in this event is all about pure skill and consistency. Good luck! – Chris ANY OTHER BUSINESS? – 34 years. Over 150 games. Goodness knows how many consoles and platforms! Since Electric Games Company Limited changed its name to The Codemasters Software Company Limited, it’s been quite the journey. Whether you’ve been a Dizzy lover, an LMA Manager Fanatic, or a regular racer in our award-winning franchises, thank you for being a part of that journey. We’re just getting started! – This month, we’re teaming up with Into Games for their latest Side Quest game jam! Through practical weekly challenges, livestreams and insight from the Codemasters team, with DIRT 5 serving as the inspiration. Learn from industry pros and try your hand at game-making in a welcoming environment. The event gets going on October 5th, so there’s still time to sign up here. View the full article
  9. Hey everyone – thank you for joining us for another Codies Racing Line! Our fortnightly update of news and updates on current Codemasters games is back and raring to go. As always, we hope everybody reading this is staying happy and healthy. We’re continuing to love seeing how you are using Codemasters titles to escape, unwind, challenge yourself or just have some flat-out fun. From the ongoing DiRT Rally 2.0 challenges, to F1® 2020 online play and Podium Pass progression and plenty more, keep sending us your content and telling your stories about how you’re a part of the Codemasters community. In return, we’ll keep dropping the content and updates – so let’s wrap up everything we’ve revealed over the past two weeks, beginning with an off-road racer that’s gearing up for the next generation of gaming… DIRT 5 Right, let’s get the less-awesome news out of the way first. At the beginning of last week we announced that DIRT 5’ launch on PC and current-gen consoles has moved to November 6. It sucks, we know, and our excitement to get this game in your hands will have to carry for a little longer. But hey, that just means our road trip to launch has a couple more stops along the way – and we’ll of plenty of sights for you to take in (AKA new game details, new gameplay and more). Now, the fun stuff – beginning with confirmation that DIRT 5 is leading the way for new next-gen racing experiences. Immediately after the reveal of the Xbox Series S and launch dates, we confirmed that DIRT 5 will be a launch title for Xbox’s next-gen consoles, coming November 10! As part of Xbox’s first look at the Series S, we’ve released the first ever footage of DIRT 5 running on the console. Check it out below and turn up those video settings to take it all in:  The versions will be optimised for the consoles, including greater graphical and performance options – and you’ll be entitled to them for FREE if you’re already playing DIRT 5 on Xbox One. The same applies for PlaySation 4 players if and when you switch up to PlayStation 5; with this week’s news on PS5’s release date and launch plans, we will of course bring you more information ASAP on when DIRT 5 will arrive on Sony’s new hardware. Along with the next-gen news came our latest look at DIRT 5 gameplay, with some 1980s rally beasts competing in an incredible night-time scene on New York’s frozen East River. More new gameplay, you say?! Well, keep your eye on this week’s PAX Online and EGX Digital event, where Codemasters features heavily on their digital show floor and panels line-up. Check out our event space, where we’ll be dropping new gameplay and more details as the event rolls on. Finally, I couldn’t wrap this up without dropping this superb Don Joewon Song video, where the Racing Ahead creator drives like a boss through his own Playgrounds arena from our recent exclusive demo. Enjoy! – Chris F1® 2020 Hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Racing Line! The news never stops coming in the world of F1® 2020 and this week is no different. Podium Pass Series Two Series Two has kicked off, and we’ve got 30 new levels of free and VIP items for you to unlock, as well as plenty more challenges for you to get your teeth into. We know you’re excited about it, so we’ll start by sharing the trailer:  We’ve got some great stuff for you to get your hands on, including special ‘We Race As One’ and ‘End Racism’ sets, which are included in the free tier. The latter is above, whilst the rainbow-emblazoned livery is below: There’s plenty of gloves, helmets, suits, liveries and podium emotes for you to check out – get a sneaky peek at what’s coming up in our blog here. Livery Update We’ve also been busy updating the official liveries in F1® 2020! Six out of the 10 teams have had updates added, from the #WeRaceAsOne rainbow livery on the McLaren, to the ‘Thank you NHS’ logo added to the Renault, as well as the HP, Team Vitality logos. Here’s a beautiful screenshot of the Renault at Monza: You can read more about our livery update here. We’d love to see your screenshots of our updated liveries – send in your favourites to us on our social channels! Patch 1.09 Not only have we kicked off Podium Pass Series Two and updated the official team liveries; we’ve also released patch 1.09. Alongside the optimisations and fixes (which you can check out in the patch notes right here), we’ve added some new features! You can check out a couple here, and read more of a deep dive into this patch in our Forums. • Option added so players can engage ERS by holding the button. You can now engage ERS button by holding the button, rather than toggling it on and off! Head into Preferences, then Controls, Vibration & Force Feedback, Generic Settings and you’ll able to change ‘Overtake ERS Mode’ between ‘Hold and ‘Toggle’. • Customisation sliders now show values to allow easier editing. We’ve made it easier to match your suit to your gloves. With this patch, we’ve introduced numbers to each of the colour sliders, which means that you can match everything perfectly! Phew! See you next time, – Jenny DIRT RALLY 2.0 Hello everyone, PJ here with your usual rally round-up. DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – Round 1 Qualifiers Complete We’re already at the end of the first month of competition in the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series, with the third set of Qualifiers having ended this week. The next stage is for ourselves and Motorsport Network (the event organisers) to review the potential qualifying times, ensure they all played fair, and then finalise (and contact) the list of entrants for the Round 1 Playoffs. Those Playoffs will take place on September 26, and we’ll be broadcasting them live for you all to watch. More details on that in the next week or so. Version 1.16 Update We’re currently in the final stages of building and releasing the Version 1.16 update for DiRT Rally 2.0. I can’t share a release date or Patch Notes just yet as things aren’t finalised, but one thing we all know is coming is the Ford Fiesta R5 MKII. All players will be able to use this brand new rally car in the Freeplay areas of the game (Custom, Time Trial, etc.), but to “own” the car in My Team you will need to take part in any DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series Qualifier. If you’ve done that already, great! If not, Round 2 starts at the end of September. That’s it for now; I hope you all did well in Round 1, and will enjoy the Ford Fiesta when it releases. I’ll leave you now with this hilarious video of “that one corner in Spain we all struggle with“. Enjoy. – PJ PROJECT CARS 3 Image: Zyun Hitokoto on Twitter Hello, fellow racers! Back again for another Racing Line blog to keep you up to speed with what we’ve been working on in Project CARS 3. It’s now been just under three weeks since release, and we’ve been receiving a lot of great feedback from the community, so thanks for your continued support. Please keep the feedback coming, which is fed back directly to the team to help shape upcoming updates. Upgrades Are Here One of the new features of Project CARS 3 is your ability to upgrade your cars with real-life performance parts—everything from turbos to aerodynamics. Because the upgrades are directly linked to the physics engine, what you upgrade will have a very real effect on the handling and power of your cars. So, if you happen to tune your front wheel drive road car with an extra 300hp, you may find 200 of that horsepower is wasted on wheelspin! To find out how to balance your upgrades and the best upgrade path to increase your cars’ Performance Index Rating, take a look at our two blogs – one for handling and one for power. Give Us Your Best In the previous blog entry, I asked the community to share their most creative Project CARS 3-related image, and boy did you deliver! We had some feature on our social platforms, but there were so many awesome ones, I thought I’d highlight some more on this blog! Frtluan92 on Instagram Angie on Instagram Davizon on Instagram Please do keep sharing your content on social media with the hashtag #ProjectCARS3 and we’ll keep finding ways to get your creativity out into the world where they belong. Thank you! That’s all for this week. As always, if you want to keep up to date on all things Project CARS 3, join the Discord community, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and our website. – Fernando F1® MOBILE RACING You’ve waited patiently, and now it’s here – Update 14 has dropped for F1® Mobile Racing, available now on iOS and Android! Not only that, but it’s one of the game’s biggest ever updates… The headline act of Update 14 is the return of esports to the game, in the form of F1® Mobile Racing Esports – a completely new mode that’s your chance to become a racing legend. Exclusive Leagues and Challenges are waiting for you to take on, competing against some stiff competition all battling to get to the top, just like you. Best of luck! Alongside the return of esports, we have more fresh GP Events dropping in Update 14. Now live is the Exhibition Event, combining some of the circuits that unfortunately had to be dropped from the real-world F1 calendar this season, giving you the chance to compete and win big. Keep logging in to look for more GP Events, too! On top of that, we’ve added the Mercedes AMG F1 Team black livery, as well as a free #WeRaceAsOne livery to use. Enjoy and see you on the track! – Chris ANY OTHER BUSINESS? This past weekend we celebrated National Videogames Day with a nostalgic look at where we’ve been on our gaming journey with all of you. Specifically with the DIRT franchise, we want to hear where your allegiances lie with our lineage of off-road racers – head here to join the conversation. There’s still time – but only just – to get your hands on some retro Codies t-shirts, courtesy of Squared Seven! Our old logo and Sensible Soccer tees are available to purchase, with proceeds going to gaming mental health charity Safe In Our World. Do your bit for a great cause and look darn fine fine doing it. View the full article
  10. Yes, that’s right: we are finally bringing Esports back to F1® Mobile Racing! But this time, it’s bigger and better – and that means it will no doubt be tougher! Our new major competitive event comes as part of Update 14 for F1® Mobile Racing, out now on iOS and Android, so make sure you’ve downloaded the new update to get involved as soon as possible. But first, let’s give you the low-down on what F1® Mobile Racing Esports exactly is. As we’ve mentioned, our in-game Esports action is bigger and better than ever, and that’s where the F1® Mobile Racing Esports Qualifying Leagues come into play. To even get a chance at becoming an F1® Mobile Racing Esports legend, you first need to progress through the Leagues and reach the pinnacle of F1® Mobile Racing. Once you’re there, your journey can begin – but don’t expect it to be easy, as every opponent you face on the way will have the exact same goal. So race hard, but race fair. Once you reach F1® Mobile Racing Esports League 3, you’ll unlock F1® Mobile Racing Esports Challenges. These challenges are designed to be tough, so make sure you’ve perfected your set-up and you’re ready to focus. Each challenge poses a unique scenario for you to beat; some are single lap Qualifying, others are multi-lap Sprint races. F1® Mobile Racing Esports isn’t just about speed – its about your skills as a driver. F1® Mobile Racing Esports Challenges all have a PI limit of 2000, but don’t worry – you won’t need to create a new setup just for these challenges. This is done automatically when you join each challenge. You can jump right into each challenge by selecting the Start Race button on the Challenges tab. This takes you right into the action. Each challenge has unlimited retries and you can jump in and out of each challenge easily, so you can tweak your setup to suit each challenge and improve your time. Also, if you want to try a different challenge, you can skip the current challenge you have, so no need to worry if you find yourself stuck! So, how does all of this tie into F1® Mobile Racing Esports? To qualify for the F1® Mobile Racing Esports 2020 Finals, you have to complete five of these F1® Mobile Racing Esports Challenges! You’ll have a few months to complete five and secure your qualification for the Finals. The F1® Mobile Racing Esports Finals will be a multi-round tournament, where the best of the best go head to head. In the coming months, we will release more information regarding the F1® Mobile Racing Esports 2020 Finals, including rules and prizes. But for now, jump into the game, optimise your setup and take on these challenges for your chance to qualify for the F1® Mobile Racing Esports 2020 Finals. See you on the track! View the full article
  11. Hey everyone, Thank you for joining us for another Racing Line! We hope everyone is happy and healthy – and prepared for a bumper line-up of Codemasters news and reveals from the past two weeks. A game launch, big updates for live titles, and a much-anticipated reveal for an upcoming game just scratch the surface of what we’ve been up to over the last fortnight. So, enough rambling on and scene-setting! Let’s get straight into it – kicking off with the unveiling of a brand new way for you to Let Loose later this year… DIRT 5 Create. Share. Discover. Those are your missions, should you choose to accept them. Announced during gamescom 2020’s Opening Night Live show, feast your eyes on Playgrounds – the all-new mode for DIRT 5:  We’re about to drop a host of links for you to find out more about Playgrounds, but here’s the summary: DIRT 5’s Playgrounds mode gives you the opportunity to design your very own custom racing arenas, using a suite of tools and objects to craft the dream setting for racing antics. Upload your designs to DIRT 5’s database to share them with the world, and use our Discover section to browse, find and race on the most incredible user-created Playgrounds. Near-endless possibilities and experiences, driven by a creative community – that’s Playgrounds. Want to see how that all works? No need wait until launch day – we delivered a work-in-progress version of Playgrounds to our Racing Ahead content creators, so check out early gameplay and their thoughts on the new mode right here. At the end of this article we’ll also drop some links to gameplay highlights from the Racing Ahead crew. Keen to get yourself ready for Playgrounds after seeing it in action? We’ve published a detailed guide on how it all works here, and during IGN’s live gamescom coverage, we showed an exclusive Playgrounds walkthrough. Over on the PlayStation Blog, meanwhile, we’ve dropped some handy tips on how to get the most out of Playgrounds straight away. Phew. Playgrounds is just one aspect of DIRT 5, which is stacked with fresh features and ways to play. I guess it’s no surprise, then, that DIRT 5 bagged the Best Racing Game award at gamescom! Congratulations to the entire team and thank you to everyone for your support so far. Finally, more key details dropped recently in the form of recommended and minimum PC specs for DIRT 5, so make sure to check them out. Got any hot takes on all the above? Wanna ask a question to the team? Join the official DIRT 5 Discord server, where I’m often hanging out with the community. See you there! – Chris F1® 2020 Hello! It’s time for another Racing Line, and we have a LOT to bring you today, so let’s get going… F1 Esports Pro Draft Reveal Show Last week, each of the official F1® teams revealed who, out of the 45 competitors in the F1 Esports Pro Draft, they had selected to join their roster. We broke down what the Pro Draft Reveal Show is here, so make sure to give it a read if you’re new to the F1 Esports scene! You can catch the full Pro Draft show here. All drivers selected in the Pro Draft will be able to race in the Pro Series, which gets started in October. See the final team rosters right here, and get these race dates marked in your calendar! Driver Ratings Update It’s been an eventful start to the F1® season, and we’ve been busy updating the driver ratings in F1® 2020 to match. So, what’s changed? Here are some of the notable updates! Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen had stood on the podium a grand total of five times so far this season, even before his third-placed finish in Belgium this past weekend, which sees his Pace, Awareness and Overall rating increased. You probably won’t be shocked to find out that George Russell’s ratings have changed, too. His performances have netted him two extra Experience points and six additional Awareness points. But that’s not all! His incredible qualifying form has added two more Pace points, all of which increases his Overall rating by one. Find the full driver ratings changes, up to and including the Spanish Grand Prix, right here. Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Sneak Peek In the build-up to the Belgian Grand Prix, we released a sneak peek of the upcoming livery updates for F1® 2020. You’ll be able to get your driving gloves on these soon – keep an eye on our channels for more news! We’re also aiming to bring a performance update to F1® 2020 in the first half of October. This will include balancing the performance of Racing Point and Scuderia Ferrari. We’ll be revealing more soon, but in the meantime, you can read more here. Tutorials and Guides If you’re new to F1® games, or if you need a bit of a refresher, make sure you watch our ‘Tutorials and Guides’ playlist on YouTube. Whether you’re struggling to learn a new track, or want to know more about wet weather driving, our guides will give you everything you need to get going. Watch below, or save to check out later:  That’s it from me – I’ll see you in two weeks’ time! – Jenny PROJECT CARS 3 Hello, fellow racers! The time has finally come: Project CARS 3 is now out, the reviews are in, and we’re all stoked to see the reactions from all players as you’re getting stuck into the action. With this being the first Racing Line since the release of Project CARS 3, I thought I’d start with a quick recap of how the release went, before telling you a bit about what’s still coming up – because this is just the start of the Project CARS 3 journey… Release Project CARS 3 is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Featuring a fully fleshed-out career mode, over 200 cars and 120 track layouts to experience in Your Ultimate Driver Journey, there’s a huge amount of content to sink your teeth into. gamescom Last Sunday, Project CARS 3 was awarded Best Simulation Game at gamescom, the world’s largest computer and video games event. The Slightly Mad team is delighted to receive this award, and this marks the second time the Project CARS franchise has scooped up this award. Congratulations to the whole team! Project CARS 3 Soundtrack One of the aspects of Project CARS 3 that has been praised by players and reviewers alike is the soundtrack. A collaboration with RAM Records, featuring a selection of bespoke drum ‘n’ bass tracks fused with atmospheric-themed mixes for when you’re tinkering with your car in the garage, makes the whole package that much more special. Many have asked when the soundtrack will be available, and although an exact date yet can’t be revealed just yet, here’s a look at what to expect: Community Challenge Just in case you didn’t know, the C in CARS stands for Community – and said community is essential to us, so I have a challenge for you all this week! I’d love for you to send me your best in-game image taken through the photo mode, your best custom livery, or even that record-breaking lap time that earned you a top spot on the Rivals leaderboard. Share your content on social media by using the hashtag #ProjectCARS3. I will be keeping an eye out and sharing the best posts in the official channels, so show us what you’ve got! That’s it for this week – the entire team are already working hard on the DLC packs coming soon. Speaking of which — if you grab Project CARS 3 today, you’ll get the Ignition Pack included, featuring a host of customisation content for your cars and character. So, what are you waiting for? Get racing! As always, if you want to keep up to date on all things Project CARS 3, join the Discord community, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and our website. DIRT RALLY 2.0 The DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series Begins The DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series is back for 2020, with double the prize money, a real-life rallycross drive up for grabs and a brand new rally car as an in-game reward. In the last Racing Line, we had just announced the competition, so now we’re well underway. As I write this, we’re currently in Week 2 of Round 1; you can find all of the details here. Remember: you only need to take part in one Qualifier to get the Ford Fiesta R5 MKII, which will be in your Rewards once we add it to the game in early-October. If you want to push yourself further, however, we have demonstration runs of each Qualifier up on our YouTube. Keep an eye out for more in the coming weeks and months. With the World Series roaring back to life, esports site OverTake sat down (virtually) with the DiRT Rally 2.0 Game Director, Ross Gowing, to talk about the World Series and the future of off-road esports. Grab your favourite warm beverage and have a read here. World RX is Back! DiRT Rally 2.0 is the official game of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, so naturally we’re all excited to see the real-world sport back on our screens again. The 2020 season kicked off with two rounds at Höljes in Sweden (which you can drive in the game), followed by another two rounds in Finland, and in a few weeks’ time they’re off to Latvia for another double-header (that track’s also in the game). The big question going into the first four rounds: are Johann Kristoffersson and that Volkswagen Polo still the best combination around, despite both skipping 2019? “JK” certainly answered that in style, but he didn’t have it all his own way. You can catch the Final of Round 4 here, and the rest of the action on the World RX YouTube channel. How to “Get Good” at DiRT Rally 2.0 DiRT Rally 2.0 is as popular as ever, and with many new players coming to the game over the past year a common question asked to us is: “how do I get better?”. To answer that, I compiled a list of tutorials and guides that you can all take a look at and up your game – which you may want to do considering the World Series is back in town! There are links to official tutorials, top guides from players, tuning setups and a whole lot more. Here’s the link, so go soak up all that knowledge. That’s it for now everyone – good luck out there in the World Series. -PJ F1® MOBILE RACING It’s that time again, people! With Update 13 for F1® Mobile Racing all rolled out, and the new content being enjoyed by our players, the team have been back in the lab, drawing up new ways for you to play and experience the official free-to-play F1® handheld racing game. We’ve taken on yet more feedback from the constantly-active community, blended in some big changes in the real-world F1 season, and brought in some fresh ideas for another major step forward for F1® Mobile Racing. On top of that, we’re continuing to look at the success of F1 Esports with our console and PC friends, and finding new ways to bring similar experiences to handheld players. Watch this space. We’re almost ready to reveal all – I’d definitely recommend checking the game’s official Facebook page and Twitter channel over the next few days for more news! – Chris ANY OTHER BUSINESS? Racing Ahead content creators have been hard at work putting their ‘creator’ moniker to the test by getting to grips with DIRT 5’s recently announced Playgrounds mode this last week. There’s been no shortage of creativity amongst them. Camodo Gaming’s first arena was a simple but satisfying creation that will have you hitting restart over and over to get the best time. Whereas GTR Technical, known for his DiRT Rally 2.0 set-up guides, is already gaining a reputation thanks to his incredibly detailed arenas. It wasn’t all about creating though: Black Panthaa took an in-depth look at some of the Arenas already featured in this exclusive early access version of the game, and after testing the creator for himself, TmarTn challenged a few of the arenas made by the DIRT 5 development team. This exclusive build also included DIRT 5’s photo mode, which creator CROWNED put through its paces, creating some absolutely stunning shots. Seriously, you have to see these: Like what you see? You’ll be able to get your hands on some of the best Racing Ahead creations in an exclusive Playgrounds Playlist when the game launches on October 16th – on top of everything else DIRT 5 has to offer. View the full article
  12. Since May, we’ve been telling you to expect something big to drop in August for DIRT 5. So, did we deliver?  Revealed during gamescom’s Opening Night Live show, welcome to Playgrounds – the brand new community-driven feature, coming to all versions of DIRT 5. Giving you the ability to create, share, discover and play on player-made racing arenas, Playgrounds is all about boundless creativity and endless possibilities. Whether it’s custom gymkhana maps, death-run time trials, or devious treasure hunts, prepare to find – and contribute to – a massive selection of fresh experiences in DIRT 5, through Playgrounds. Pretty sweet, right? More details right over here. PLAYGROUNDS GAMEPLAY AND GUIDE It’s incredibly exciting to finally reveal Playgrounds, but we know it’s a lot to take in. How does it all work? What will Playgrounds actually look like, and how will it play? We wanted to answer all these questions as quickly as possible. So, head over to this Codies Blog post, where we’ve put together a clear and detailed guide on everything you need to know about Playgrounds in DIRT 5. Then, check out this YouTube playlist, where we’ve gathered a host of early-access gameplay of Playgrounds, captured exclusively by our Racing Ahead content creators. Whilst the version of the game the creators are using is work-in-progress, you get a good sense of the breadth and scope of Playgrounds – as well as just how much they’re enjoying it already. Watch a couple of videos and see what sparks your creativity ahead of October 16. BEST RACING GAME We started gamescom 2020 in big fashion, revealing Playgrounds to the world, and we ended gamescom 2020 in equal style. Revealed during Sunday’s Best of Show awards, DIRT 5 won the gamescom Best Racing Game award! Congratulations to the entire DIRT 5 team, and thank you to everyone who has supported the game so far. Launch is now just a few weeks away and we can’t wait to get the game in your hands. PHOTO MODE Before the fun and games of Playgrounds, we got into some more detail on a couple more big features for DIRT 5 in August. First up, photo mode – a huge community request that we’re excited to be including in all versions of the game. DIRT 5’s photo mode is one of the most detailed and customisable you’ll find in any genre, with tools like spotlights, multi-layer filters, RGB control and more allowing you to capture every moment in your own way. Check out this thread for all the deets, then jump to this post featuring the amazing CROWNED, showing just how detailed you can get with DIRT 5’s photo mode. SOUNDTRACK What’s any road trip without a killer playlist? Adding to the vibe of DIRT 5 is a star-studded official soundtrack, with over 40 artists and multiple exclusive tracks that you’ll hear for the first time in the game. Global stars like Stormzy, The Killers, Pearl Jam and The Chemical Brothers are joined by hot new acts like The Mysterines, Sports Team, Hockey Dad and The Amazons, with much more in between. Alongside the in-game soundtrack (which, yes, you can listen to during races), look for an OST release coinciding with DIRT 5’s launch, in partnership with Universal. Nice. Get into the vibe of DIRT 5 already by listening to the soundtrack on Spotify now. WHAT’S NEXT? We may’ve revealed our mystery feature in Playgrounds, but don’t think for a second that we’re slowing down in September. We’ll be diving deep into the Multiplayer for DIRT 5, confirming all modes and ways to race against the world. That’s our key focus for September, but there’ll be plenty more coming between now and launch, including the final car list and more gameplay. DIRT 5 launches on October 16 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, followed later this year by Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. The next-gen versions will be optimised for the new consoles, including a 120fps mode. Any DIRT 5 players on current-gen consoles will receive a FREE upgrade to the relevant next-gen version when they launch! Pre-order DIRT 5 Amplified Edition for a host of rewards, as well as three days early access. Head here to pre-order and find out more. View the full article
  13. The Playgrounds mode for DIRT 5 is a feature that’s brand new to the DIRT franchise – the ability to design, create, edit and race on your own custom racing arenas. Use a huge suite of objects – from bumps, kickers and ramps, to loops, tunnels and rings of fire – to devise the most creative and ambitious arenas for racing antics. Conjure up the most devilish and challenging time trial runs with Gate Crasher; test the community’s skill in Smash Attack; or devise a haven for drifts and donuts with Gymkhana events. These event types can be assigned to your Playgrounds to add structure and objectives to your incredible designs – and every single creation comes with a global leaderboard, allowing you to compete against the world on any arena. Constantly create Playgrounds and, with a press of a button, share them with the world via our in-game tools for others to test their skills in your designs. Or, use the same tools to discover other user-created Playgrounds, download them, and tear around the creations of other players. Playgrounds allows you to experience, and contribute to, a humongous selection of DIRT experiences, designed by you, the players. That’s the summary of how you’ll experience Playgrounds in DIRT 5, but a massive mode like this has plenty more detail to break down. So, here’s everything you need to know before you create and discover new epic off-road events in Playgrounds… CREATE Imagine a blank canvas, a huge open space, where you have full control over the extreme racing action that takes place on it. Get your creative juices flowing and design the off-road event you’ve always dreamed of with Playgrounds. Players will have the option to set their Playground in two locations – Arizona, or inside the Cape Town Stadium in South Africa. Choose your setting and you’ll be taken to your empty Playground, with a bird’s eye view of the arena to help you navigate. Once you’ve got a feel for all that, it’s time to start building your Playground. Use the Objects option to open a massive menu of items to choose from. Build the groundworks with blocks, ramps and boxes. Add dirt areas, bumps and water spots to mix up the terrain. Drop in incredible set pieces like loops, rings of fire, or buses and wrecked vehicles to jump over. Place drift gates, donut spots and more for Gymkhana-focused arenas. Add some style and personality with decorative items, foliage and a colour editing option. The choice is completely yours with how to design your Playground. After choosing any object, they can be rotated and placed, with clear guidance on any placement limitations. Many items can be snapped together when placing to ensure your Playgrounds keep their flow, and multiple objects can be duplicated on the fly to speed up the process. At any point during your design, you can head to the pause menu and choose ‘Test’ to jump into a car and try out the Playground for yourself. You’ll be able to choose between three different event types to link with your Playgrounds design: – Gate Crasher: Create incredible high-speed runs, insanely difficult routes and any time-trial based event in between with Gate Crasher. The route for players to take to successfully complete the event will be laid out by gates that you place onto the arena. – Smash Attack: Challenge players to find and collect objects in your arena in the shortest time possible, and place penalty objects for racers to avoid at all costs! – Gymkhana: For the first time ever, design your own Gymkhana arena for players to throw down. Place spots for drifting, donuts, jumps and more for players to accumulate points on for style, speed and flow in this time-based event. Once you’ve chosen your event and are happy with your design, the ‘Publish’ menu will ensure your Playground is ready to go. After choosing a vehicle for the map and making sure the required objects have been added, you’ll be asked to validate the event by completing it yourself. Do that, and you can save and publish your very own off-road racing arena. Multiple Playgrounds can be designed and saved, so mix things up and let your creativity run wild. SHARE Creating a Playground is one thing, but what if you want to share your arenas with the world? After creating a Playground, you’ll be given options that help you label, define and upload your arenas, so players can discover them when browsing and download it to play on. Once you’ve done that, your Playground can be uploaded to DIRT 5’s servers and hosted on our searchable database of user-generated creations. When players find your arena, they’ll be shown its name, picture, event type, car class, arena location, your profile name, the tags you chose earlier, how many times the Playground has been played, and how many entries there are on this leaderboard. All this helps players gauge what kind of arena you’ve designed and if it’s creating a buzz in the community. DISCOVER Want to see how your Playgrounds stack up against the rest of the world’s? Not interested in creating, and just want to race in the incredible arenas of DIRT 5’s community? The Discover option in Playgrounds is your gateway to the most unique, varied, player-driven off-road racing experience around. Head to the Discover menu and use all our tools to help you find the Playgrounds you’re looking for. Firstly, there’s ‘Browse’, where you’ll find a set of Playgrounds curated by the DIRT 5 team, based on their popularity. Our ‘Featured’ category will host an ever-changing selection of arenas that we recommend checking out, the ‘Popular’ section will show the arenas that have been raced on the most, and ‘Top’ will show you the highest-rated arenas. If you feel like mixing it up, there’s also ‘Lucky Dip’, which will bring you a completely random selection of Playgrounds to browse. Looking for something more specific? Use the ‘Search’ menu to enter different criteria and find the Playground of your dreams. Use specific search terms, filter the event types, car classes, tags used, and more to drill down into the DIRT 5 database and find what works for you. Whichever way you choose to find arenas, you can Pin any that catch your eye, which takes them to your ‘My List’ menu, creating a shortlist of all the Playgrounds you want to check out. Found an arena you want to jump into straight away? Hit ‘Start Event’ to load up the Playground. Driving over the start line will start the event – then it’s time for you to speed through those gates, smash those objects, or nail those Gymkhana spots. Once you complete the event, the post-race screen will show your score on the global leaderboard. There are also options after the event to retry it, or report the Playground so our moderation team can assess it. Be sure to use the Like and Dislike options to give your opinion on the Playground and affect its search stats. Finally, you’ll be presented with suggested Playgrounds with similar characteristics to the event you just played, so you can constantly jump into new and relevant events. PLAYGROUNDS IN ACTION Want to see what all of this looks like in DIRT 5? We gave selected media and Racing Ahead content creators access to an early demo of Playgrounds – and their reaction has been incredible. Check out the videos below for a first look at Playgrounds; we’ll also be making a playlist of gameplay on the official DIRT YouTube, so head there for more.  We are incredibly excited to bring this brand new experience in DIRT 5, that gives you the tools and the freedom to create extreme racing events exactly how you like them. Design incredible Playgrounds to be chosen in our live Featured area, and we’ll also promote the best creations on the official DIRT social channels. More items will come to DIRT 5 post-launch as well for you to drop into your Playgrounds – from decorative touches to insane obstacles. Create. Share. Discover. That’s what Playgrounds is built around – now it’s time for you to do the building! DIRT 5 launches on October 16 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with the Amplified Edition granting three days early access alongside a host of additional goodies. The Amplified Edition also comes with a 10% discount for players of any previous DIRT game! For PC and Xbox One, head to the game’s page on their official store for the discount – for PlayStation 4, use your console to head to the Game Hub of a previous DIRT game, where a 10% discount offer will be offered to you. DIRT 5 also arrives on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 later this year, with a next-gen optimised version including faster loading times, even greater performance and 120fps modes for both platforms. All players on current-gen consoles receive a FREE upgrade to the relevant next-gen version of DIRT 5, upon its launch. Head to dirtgame.com/dirt5 for all pre-order links and details. View the full article
  14. CREATE. SHARE. DISCOVER. Welcome to Playgrounds. Introducing DIRT 5’s Playgrounds mode – the groundbreaking, brand new feature coming to all versions of DIRT 5, launching from October 16. Playgrounds combines creativity and community for totally new experience for the franchise, as you design, upload, browse and play on player-made racing arenas. Check out the official Playgrounds trailer for DIRT 5 below, featuring some studio-made Playgrounds arenas and a first look at the creation and browsing options: Whether you choose the Arizona desert or the Cape Town Stadium in South Africa, in Playgrounds you are given a blank canvas and a huge suite of tools and objects – from dirt kickers, jumps and platforms, to loops, buses to leap over and rings of fire – to construct the racing arena of your dreams. The possibilities are endless for you to get creative, with three different event types to build your Playgrounds for: Gate Crasher, Gymkhana and Smash Attack. Upload your Playgrounds to DIRT 5’s online roster, where all players can use filters to search through every uploaded design. Find sections dedicated to the highest-rated Playgrounds and studio-chosen designs, and post your best times and scores to a dedicated leaderboard for every single arena. That’s a small summary of this huge new feature, so we’ve created a detailed walkthrough of everything you need to know about Playgrounds before jumping in. “Playgrounds is something we’ve wanted to share for some time. It’s unique for the DIRT franchise and, with endless possibilities, we can’t wait for our players to get creative,” said Robert Karp, DIRT 5 Development Director at Codemasters. “We still have more to come so keep your eyes peeled for more exciting DIRT5 news.” Playgrounds adds an entirely new way to play DIRT 5, alongside the story-based Career mode, four-player split-screen, offline custom event creator, online 12-player action and more features, including a livery editor and photo mode. It’s all set in an amplified off-road racing world, with a vibe that encourages fun and constant action. DIRT 5 launches on October 16 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with the Amplified Edition granting three days early access alongside a host of additional goodies. The Amplified Edition also comes with a 10% discount for players of any previous DIRT game! For PC and Xbox One, head to the game’s page on their official store for the discount – for PlayStation 4, use your console to head to the Game Hub of a previous DIRT game, where a 10% discount offer will be offered to you. Playgrounds is included in all versions of DIRT 5, and the published creations of players on current-gen consoles will be carried over when you switch to next-gen consoles! DIRT 5 also arrives on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 later this year, with a next-gen optimised version including faster loading times, even greater performance and 120fps modes for both platforms. All players on current-gen consoles will receive a FREE upgrade to the relevant next-gen version of DIRT 5 upon its launch! Head to dirtgame.com/dirt5 for all pre-order links and details. Oh, and finally… you did watch the trailer until the end, didn’t you? ;) View the full article
  15. Hey everyone, Thanks for joining us for another Racing Line, and we hope you’re all happy and healthy. It’s been a frantic few weeks for the Codemasters team, plugging away through heatwaves and thunderstorms to keep pushing forward on multiple racing titles. But that we have done, and the result is another plethora of details to get you caught up on. I know we say this every week, but this latest fortnightly update on Codemasters news and reveals is absolutely stacked. New game content, multiple esports announcements and a major reveal for another upcoming game. That’s just the start of it, so kick back and enjoy another Racing Line, beginning with big news for F1 fans… F1® 2020 Hey all, Welcome to this week’s Racing Line! We’ve got a lot to run through today, so let’s get started! Keep Fighting DLC Last week, we released a brand new DLC pack in support of the Keep Fighting Foundation, inspired by Michael Schumacher. Proceeds will go towards the Keep Fighting Foundation, so now you can look good on track and raise money for a truly worthwhile cause. Learn more about our Michael Schumacher-inspired livery, podium emote, gloves, suit and badge here. The Keep Fighting DLC wasn’t all we released, and you can find out more about our latest patch in our patch notes. F1 Esports We’ve missed it. You’ve missed it. And last week we confirmed it: the brand new F1 Esports Series presented by Aramco is here, with a cash prize fund of… wait for it… $750,000 (we can confirm that isn’t a typo!).  The F1 Esports Series presented by Aramco gets started on the 27th August with the Pro Draft Reveal Show, where teams will announce their 2020 line-ups. After that, we’ll be getting into the Pro Series, where the action will be hotting up – 12 races, full qualifying and a 35% race distance – you won’t want to miss a minute! Credit: F1 Find out more at f1esports.com. F1 2020 Free Play Want to give F1® 2020 a try? You can play it right now for free on Xbox One! Be the 11th team, take on your friends with two-player split-screen and plenty more in F1® 2020. If you’re just learning the ropes, you might find our Beginner’s Guides useful – take a look at our playlist below: That’s all from me this week. Let us know where you’re racing this week on F1® 2020! – Jenny DIRT 5 Ready to go? For this one, lend us your ears, as well as your eyes… You’ve probably noticed that we’re making a big deal about the vibe of DIRT 5 – how all elements of the game fit together to create a style and culture that you’ll experience. Music is a massive part of all of that, which is why we were thrilled to reveal the huge soundtrack coming to DIRT 5. Over 40 artists come to the series’ biggest ever song list, including superstars like Stormzy and The Chemical Brothers, new hot acts like Sports Team and The Mysterines, throwbacks like New Found Glory and Tesla, and so much more. All news on the DIRT 5 soundtrack is here, with more exclusive tracks yet to be revealed, and an official soundtrack release in the works! Following that, we marked World Photography Day earlier this week by going in-depth on a big DIRT 5 feature: photo mode. Taking the already-superb setup used by the Codemasters Cheshire team in previous games, DIRT 5’s photo mode gives you the tools, freedom and simplicity to capture all of your greatest moments in stunning detail. Check out this thread for all the deets. Some housekeeping and PSAs for you: on Monday August 24, make sure to sign up and tune into the Ukie UK Game of the Show event, in which DIRT 5 is nominated! Come along and show your support, with the #GOTS winner going forward to EuroPlay awards later this year. Last up, check out our official Discord server, which over the last few months has become a brilliant space for fans to hang out, chat with me and the team, and get a first look at some exclusive content drops. Before we wrap up, a quick reminder that despite everything we’ve just dished out, this month’s key focus is yet to be revealed. We’ve been building towards something special and are almost ready to tell all. You won’t want to miss this… – Chris DIRT RALLY 2.0 Hey everyone, PJ here with your regular Rally update once again. DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series Returns After the great success of the 2019 season, the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series is back – bigger and better. You can catch the full announcement here but in summary: • $20,000 total prize pool • Rallycross winner gets to drive a real-live QEV electric Rallycross car • All entrants get a free car in the 1.16 update • Sporting Regulations • Terms & Conditions Qualifiers start on August 25, and if you take part, you’ll have brand-new Ford Fiesta R5 MKII waiting for you in early October. Keep an eye on our YouTube channel over the coming weeks, as we’ll be sharing high-speed on-board runs of every Qualifier, which you can use as reference for when you take on the world. Version 1.15 Update Coinciding with the World Series announcement was the release of the Version 1.15 update, adding the Qualifiers and a little surprise into DiRT Rally 2.0. For the Ford Fiesta R5 already in the game (the MKI) a new Royal Air Force livery has been released, and is free for all players. Did you know that the RAF have their own rally team? They compete in events all around the UK and have a rather nice SUBARU Impreza to hoon about in, too. Other highlights include a few car fixes, as well as some much-requested performance improvements to Scotland. This Scotland update (like all location updates) necessitated a full re-download of its location assets, which explains why your update was around 10 GB. Full patch notes are here. The new home for DiRT Rally 2.0 news Earlier this week I published this blog post, detailing some updates to where you get your DiRT Rally 2.0 news. You can check it out for the (slightly technical) details but essentially, future DiRT Rally 2.0 articles will be posted on the DiRT Rally 2.0 website instead of the Codies Blog. Naturally, the round-up will still be in the Racing Line, and we’re all over @dirtgame too, sharing it with the excellent DIRT 5. In the meantime, here are a few things to get you started, make sure to add the site to your bookmarks: • DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – 2020 Season Starts August 25, free car for all participants • World RX Esports Series – Final Results • British Rally Championship Esports Invitational Series – Final Results • The Solberg World Cup – Final Results • DiRT Rally 2.0 Game of the Year Edition – Available Now That’s it from me this time, good luck out there in the World Series Qualifiers. -PJ PROJECT CARS 3 Hello fellow racers – we’re back again to update you all on the latest news about Project CARS 3, and things are definitely heating up now, with fewer days to launch than I have fingers on my hands! It’s now been just over three months since Project CARS 3 was revealed with the announcement trailer. Since then, we’ve published multiple posts in our blog that dive into the minds of the dev team and which give you insights into the design and physics, handling, and upgrades. Be sure to also check out the PlayStation Blog for a more comprehensive look at the all-new career mode, as well as the latest trailer showcasing some of the environments and features Project CARS 3 has to offer. And going back to the fingers on my hand – you don’t have that much longer to wait before you can get Project CARS 3 into your own hands, as it races onto PS4, Xbox One, and PC in just nine days. That’s right: nine days until the start of your ultimate driver journey! If you can’t wait that long, I’ve got some more good news! Pre-order the Deluxe Edition right now, and get three days early access, along with the Season Pass and the Ignition Pack, which kick-starts your experience with multiple customisation items both for your driver avatar and your car: • 4 license plate styles • 2 tires • 2 rims • 4 racing numbers • 2 patterns • 10 liveries • 20 decals • And multiple outfits and helmet designs As always, if you want to keep up to date on all things Project CARS 3, join the Discord community, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and our website. – Fernando F1® MOBILE RACING A quick update on the F1® Mobile Racing side of things, as we continue to stay as full-speed-ahead as the real-world season! Our featured GP Event that replicates much of the revised 2020 F1® calendar is already seeing some fierce competition at the top of the leaderboards. Make sure you jump in and participate alongside the real-world action, against the globe, to be in with a chance of winning some huge in-game rewards. Finally, we’ve continued the roll-out of 2020 content by adding Hanoi Circuit to both Duel and Single modes, available to all players in League 3 and above. Previously only available in GP Events, the Vietnam track is now in all modes, so get racing and rank up to League 3 to access it! – Chris ANY OTHER BUSINESS Who recognises this old Codemasters logo? Remember your first kickabout on Sensible Soccer back in the 90s? We’ve partnered with Squared Seven for a short run of t-shirts featuring two iconic designs from our past. Better yet, proceeds from the sales of each shirt go to gaming mental health charity Safe In Our World. You can pick up both shirts now but don’t hang about – they won’t be around forever! View the full article