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  1. 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
  2. “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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  3. Music has been a huge factor in previous DIRT titles, particularly DiRT 2 and DiRT 3 – games that we’ve specifically marked as inspirations for this latest entry in the series. Even when we revealed DIRT 5 to the world back in early-May, one of the most asked questions we received has been around the soundtrack. With all that in mind, we knew that music had to be a big focus for DIRT 5 – and it’s time to reveal all! The DIRT 5 soundtrack brings you over 40 of the best and brightest sounds from multiple genres, from artists around the globe, making it a key part of DIRT 5’s overall style and vibe. Iconic rock acts such as The Killers and New Found Glory; hot new acts like Sports Team, The Mysterines and YUNGBLUD; club legends like The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy; all that and more has a spot in DIRT 5’s hand-picked, eclectic soundtrack. In-game, this music will be the backdrop whenever you navigate through DIRT 5’s menus and race setups, and will naturally transition as you load into a race event. Once you’re racing, players will have multiple options for how to listen to the soundtrack. In the pause menu’s audio settings, choose ‘3D’ for the music to dynamically change as you race past speakers and points of interest along the track, or select ‘2D’ to have the music playing consistently through the race. There are, of course, options to adjust the volume levels, including switching the music off. Check out this of more artists and tracks coming to the biggest and most diverse DIRT soundtrack ever: American Authors – Microphone (Habitat Remix) Arkells – Years In The Making Barns Courtney – Fun Never Ends Car Seat Headrest – Hollywood Chaka Khan – Like Sugar Child of the Parish – Thread The Needles Eye Dinosaur Pile-Up – Back Foot EOB: Ed O’Brien – Shangri-La – Spike Stent Edit Floating Points – LesAlpx Foals – In Degrees Hero The Band – Shout Hockey Dad – I Missed Out Inhaler – We Have To Move On Jamie N Commons – Let’s Do It Till We Get It Right John J Presley – Left Mason – Dance, Shake, Move New Found Glory – Hit or Miss Noisy – Oi ATM Oh The Larceny – Check It Out Pearl Jam – Who Ever Said Sports Team – The Races Starcrawler – Home Alone Stormzy – Pop Boy (ft. Aitch) Tesla – Tied To The Tracks The Academic – SUPERLIKE The Amazons – Mother The Bloody Beetroots + Jet – My Name Is Thunder The Chemical Brothers – Bango The Hara – Friends The Heavy – A Whole Lot of Love The Killers – Caution The Mysterines – Gasoline The Prodigy – Timebomb Zone The Sherlocks – Magic Man The Shoes – Time to Dance (Sebastian Remix) Twin Atlantic – Volcano Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown – Drive Me Mad Weshly Arms – Never Be The Same Wolfmother – Chase The Feeling (feat. Chris Cester) YUNGBLUD – Tin Pan Boy We’ve compiled all these tracks into a DIRT 5 Spotify playlist for you to save, download and get acquainted with between now and October. This is just the beginning, too – as we head towards launch we’ll have more songs from world-renowned artists to add to DIRT 5’s soundtrack, including exclusives that you’ll hear for the very first time in this game. Those exclusive tracks and more will also feature in an official soundtrack release, as Codemasters partners with Universal Music to give you a way to stay in the vibe of DIRT 5, wherever you are. A real-world OST, available on music streaming platforms upon DIRT 5’s launch in October, is coming your way – keep an eye on our channels for news on tracks and release details. DIRT 5 comes to PC and current-gen consoles on October 16, with a FREE upgrade to the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 next-gen versions, when they launch. Players of previous DIRT games can also get a 10% discount on the Amplified Edition across all platforms! Pre-order today at dirtgame.com/dirt5. View the full article
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
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    Project CARS 3 – Car List

    Project CARS 3 is the ultimate driver journey, offering an unparalleled connection between the car and driver whether playing on pad or with a state-of-the-art simulator. Take your car from weekend warrior to racing legend in the all-new Career mode with authentic performance part upgrades, dozens of personalisation options and the ability to loan any car you want for both custom events and multiplayer races. With daily, weekly, and monthly challenges, over 120 real-world and fictional locations, and more than 200 elite-brand cars, Project CARS 3 is unparalleled authentic motorsport. Speaking of cars, we’re sharing the full 211 strong list that will feature at launch for Project CARS 3. From global brands Ford and Toyota, to luxury powerhouses such as Ferrari and McLaren, there’s something for everyone in a roster that spans eight decades. Here’s the full car list for Project CARS 3: Racing Brand Model Year Acura NSX GT3 2017 Alpine A110 GT4 2018 Alpine A442B 1978 Aston Martin DB11 Racing 2017 Aston Martin DBR1/300 1959 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 2013 Aston Martin Vantage GTE 2019 Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro 2018 Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO 1989 Audi R18 2016 Audi R8 (LMP900) 2002 Audi R8 LMS 2015 Audi TTS Coupé Racing 2019 Audi V8 quattro DTM 1991 Bentley Continental GT3 2016 Bentley Speed 8 2003 BMW 2002 Racing 1973 BMW 320 TC (E90) 2012 BMW 320 Turbo Group 5 1978 BMW M1 Procar 1981 BMW M3 Sport Evo Group A 1991 BMW M6 GT3 2016 BMW V12 LMR 1999 BMW Z4 GT3 2012 Cadillac ATS-V.R GT3 2015 Caterham Seven 620 R Racing 2015 Caterham SP/300.R 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 ’69 Trans Am 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 GT4.R 2018 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 2016 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Racing 2019 Dodge Viper ACR Racing 2017 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta 1961 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 1957 Ferrari 330 P4 1967 Ferrari 333 SP 1996 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Competizione 1971 Ferrari 488 Challenge 2017 Ferrari 488 GT3 2016 Ferrari 512 BB LM 1978 Ferrari 512 M 1970 Ferrari 512 S 1970 Ferrari F355 Challenge 2001 Ferrari F40 LM 1990 Ferrari F50 GT 1996 Ferrari FXX K 2015 Ford Escort RS1600 Racing 1972 Ford Falcon FG V8 Supercar 2013 Ford Fiesta OMSE Supercar Lites 2016 Ford Fusion Stockcar 2016 Ford GT LM GTE 2016 Ford MkIV 1967 Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback Racing 1966 Ford Mustang Cobra Trans Am 1997 Ford Mustang GT Racing 2015 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 Group A 1988 Ford Zakspeed Capri Gr.5 1980 Ginetta G40 GT5 2012 Ginetta G55 GT4 2012 Ginetta G55 GT3 2012 Ginetta LMP3 2016 Honda Civic Type R Racing 2016 Jaguar E-Type V12 Group44 1974 Jaguar F-Type SVR Racing 2018 Jaguar XJ220 S Racing 1994 Jaguar XJR-9 1988 KTM X-Bow GT4 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Racing 2018 Lamborghini Diablo GTR 1999 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 2016 Ligier JS P2 2016 Ligier JS P3 2016 Lotus Exige Cup 430 Racing 2018 Lotus (CTL) Type 40 Ford 1965 McLaren 570S GT4 2018 McLaren 720S GT3 2018 McLaren F1 GTR Long Tail 1997 McLaren P1 GTR 2015 Mercedes-AMG A 45 Touring 2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé Racing 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT3 2015 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 2 DTM 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W194) 1952 Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM 1998 Mercedes-Benz Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz 1989 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI T.M.E. Racing 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX FQ-360 Racing 2006 Nissan 280ZX IMSA GTX 1981 Nissan 300ZX Turbo IMSA 1994 Nissan Fairlady 240ZG GTS-II 1973 Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo 1988 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 (R35) 2016 Nissan R390 GT1 1998 Nissan R89C 1989 Nissan Skyline Super Silhouette 1982 Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR32) Group A 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) Racing 1999 Opel Astra TCR 2016 Pagani Huayra BC 2016 Pagani Zonda Revolución 2013 Panoz Esperante GTR-1 1998 Porsche 908/03 Spyder 1971 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 1973 Porsche 935 (991) 2019 Porsche 911 GT1-98 1998 Porsche 911 GT3 R 2016 Porsche 911 RSR 2017 Porsche 917/10 1972 Porsche 917K 1970 Porsche 917 LH 1971 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Racing 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid 2016 Porsche 924 Carrera GTP 1980 Porsche 935/80 1979 Porsche 935/77 1977 Porsche 935/78 1978 Porsche 935/78-81 1981 Porsche 936 Spyder 1977 Porsche 961 1986 Porsche 962C 1987 Porsche 962C Langheck 1988 Porsche Carrera GT Racing 2004 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR 2016 Radical SR3 RS 2011 Renault 5 Maxi Turbo 1984 Renault Mégane R.S. TCR 2018 Renault Mégane Trophy V6 2011 Renault Sport R.S. 01 2015 SMS Formula B 2019 SMS Stadium Super Truck 2018 Toyota GT-86 Racing 2015 Toyota GT-One 1998 Toyota GR Supra Racing 2020 Toyota TS050 Hybrid 2016 Road Acura NSX ’20 2020 Alpine A110S 2019 Aston Martin DB11 2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 2015 Aston Martin Vantage AMR 2019 Audi R8 V10 Plus 5.2 FSI quattro 2015 Audi TTS Coupé 2019 BAC Mono 2017 BMW 2002 Turbo 1973 Bugatti Chiron Sport 2019 Caterham Seven 620 R 2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye 2019 Dodge Viper ACR 2017 Ferrari 288 GTO 1984 Ferrari 458 Speciale A 2015 Ferrari Enzo 2003 Ferrari F12tdf 2016 Ferrari F40 1987 Ferrari LaFerrari 2015 Ford Escort RS1600 1972 Ford GT 2016 Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback 1966 Ford Mustang GT 2015 Honda 2&4 Concept 2015 Honda Civic Type R 2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupé 2018 Jaguar XJ220 S 1994 Koenigsegg Jesko 2020 KTM X-Bow R 2015 Lamborghini Aventador 2016 Lamborghini Huracán 2016 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento 2010 Lamborghini Veneno 2013 Lotus Evija 2020 Lotus Exige Cup 430 2018 McLaren 570S Coupé 2016 McLaren 720S Coupé 2017 McLaren F1 1992 McLaren P1 2014 Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC 2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé S 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT R 2020 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI T.M.E. 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX FQ-360 2006 Nissan GT-R Nismo (R35) 2017 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) 1999 Pagani Huayra 2012 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S (992) 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2016 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach 2015 Porsche 959 S 1987 Porsche Carrera GT 2004 Radical RXC Turbo 2020 Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy 2018 Rimac C Two 2018 Toyota GT-86 2013 Toyota GR Supra 2020 Open-Wheel Agajanian Watson Roadster 1963 Dallara IR-18 Indycar 2019 Lotus (CTL) Type 25 Climax 1963 Lotus (CTL) Type 38 Ford 1965 Lotus (CTL) Type 49 Cosworth 1967 Lotus (CTL) Type 49C Cosworth 1970 Lotus (CTL) Type 51 1967 Lotus (CTL) Type 56 1968 Lotus (CTL) Type 72D Cosworth 1972 Lotus (CTL) Type 78 Cosworth 1977 Lotus (CTL) Type 98T Renault Turbo 1986 SMS Formula Rookie N/A SMS Formula X 2018 Spark SRT_05e Formula E 2019 Project CARS 3 releases on August 28th for Xbox One, PS4, and PC via Steam. You can find out more about the game and pre-order at https://www.projectcarsgame.com/three/. Those purchasing the Deluxe Edition will be given 3-days early access, the Season Pass, and the Ignition Pack with 40+ additional customisation options. 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
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    The DiRT Rally Blog has Moved

    Hello everyone, Over the past few months, we’ve been hard at work on various website features, building new ways to share the latest and greatest news with you all. One of those changes has been the introduction of a new blog system that improves the way we share updates. This updated blog system is now live and you can find us over on the DiRT Rally 2.0 website, so go check it out! A side-effect of this is that we’re using a new backend system to publish content, and that system is incompatible with this (older) blog you’re reading right now. Therefore, all new DiRT Rally 2.0 news will be posted over on the game’s website, so go ahead and add it to your bookmarks. We’ll still share occasional updates here through the Codies Racing Line blog posts (which cover all Codemasters brands), but for the main content,you now know where to go. To get you all started, here are some announcements and roundups you can read right now, keep an eye out for more updates in the future. 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 See you soon, -PJ View the full article
  17. Hey everyone, Thank you for joining us for another Racing Line! As always, we hope everyone is happy and healthy, and has a spare moment to check out our fortnightly round-up of big news, reveals and more fun stuff on Codemasters titles. Whilst F1® 2020 may now be available worldwide, the fun is only just beginning for Codies in 2020, with more to come for this year’s F1 title and multiple game launches on the horizon, including the arrival of Codemasters racing games on next-gen platforms. There’s plenty to get into, including some new reveals dropping just earlier today, so let’s race straight into it. We’ll try to keep four wheels on the wagon… F1® 2020 Hey everyone, hope you’re all having a good week. The British Grand Prix was a cliff-hanger, wasn’t it? Jenny’s taking a well-earned break today so I’m here to round up what’s been happening in the world of F1® 2020. Version 1.06 Update: The Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 is certainly a looker, but does it come in black? Yes, yes it does. The 1.06 update released last week and its headline feature is the new “Black Mercedes” livery, matching what Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have been sporting on the grid this season. On top of this, you have the usual round of tweaks and improvements to the game, based on the reports and feedback you all give on the forums. More updates are coming soon, so to stay up to date (and read up on what changed in 1.06), stick the Patch Notes page in your Bookmarks. Hotlap Series: Great Britain As I write this we’re in between two big races at the Silverstone Circuit in Great Britain, and as we’ve done for the opening races of the season there’s a fresh Hotlap over on our YouTube channel. This on-board run features the sleek blue and white Williams of George Russell and gives you a fine look at some of the fastest corners on the entire calendar, along with that swanky new building opposite the Silverstone Wing. Ever since F1® 2020 was announced back in April, we’ve been showing off the game in action through these Hotlap videos, giving you a close look at each team’s car, the new circuits and more. We’ve got one more lined up to release real soon – any guesses as to what car we’ll be driving? “Get Good” at F1 2020 with our guides! On top of the Hotlaps and fancy trailers that get you all excited about F1® 2020 we’ve also been rather busy post-launch, helping you all get the most out of your racing experience. F1® 2020 is the most accessible Formula 1 title to date and has many tools and features to help new players, as well as any veterans that need a refresher, and you can catch them all on this YouTube playlist. Here’s a quick round-up of our official guides so far, with more coming in the near future: • F1 2020 Beginner’s Guide • F1 2020 AI Difficulty Guide • F1 2020 Track Guide: Austria • F1 2020 Track Guide: Hungary • F1 2020 Track Guide: Great Britain Pitcoin Update If you are an Xbox One player who didn’t receive their Pitcoins after purchasing F1® 2020, we have some good news. By heading to your Xbox messages on your Xbox dashboard or mobile app, you should have a message from Xbox Live with a pair of codes to redeem those missing Pitcoins. We sincerely apologise for the delay and any inconvenience this has caused. Anyone who believes they still have a Pitcoin issue can contact custservice@codemasters.com, where we’ll be able to help. That’s it from me today – have a great weekend and good luck on-track in your next race PJ DIRT 5 Sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin… Another month down, another month closer to taking on all paths less beaten with DIRT 5, launching from early-October on PC and current-gen consoles, followed later this year by Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Pretty exciting – and it’s been exciting for us to see everyone’s reaction as we roll out more and more previews of what you can expect. Gameplay is understandably what everyone wants to see, so we’ve been bringing you some work-in-progress footage of different cars, locations and events for DIRT 5. Last week, we went all American, heading to the Arizona buttes to show a Stampede track in action, starring the Jimco Unlimited Truck. We followed that up with something very different earlier today – some Ice Breaker action, with the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 sliding around a frozen Norwegian lake, through a blizzard, under the Northern Lights! No, really – check it out:  With today’s gameplay we also brought you a couple more DIRT 5 screenshots, retaining the chilly theme with the ice-cold Peugeot 205 T16 Evo 2: We were pleased to reveal earlier this week that DIRT 5 has been nominated for UK Game of the Show at this year’s upcoming gamescom event! The winner will be revealed as part of a show later this month, which you can sign up to watch here. Look out for more details from both gamescom and Ukie and use #UKGOTS to show your support for DIRT 5. With August now underway, we have plenty more to show you, including the secret reveal we’ve been alluding to since May. Expect more on that later in the month – and before then, keep your eyes (and ears…) peeled for more DIRT 5 reveals. – Chris PROJECT CARS 3 Hello fellow racers! Another Racing Line blog is upon us, and boy, do I have some good stuff to share with you this week. We’re now on the final sprint to the checkered flag, so let’s get started with the most exciting news … Discover “What Drives You” in the latest Project CARS 3 trailer that launched earlier this week, showcasing some of the incredible features and driving experiences awaiting you later this month:  Alongside the new trailer, you can now pre-order Your Ultimate Driver Journey. Project CARS 3 is available in both Standard and Deluxe Editions; which is right for you? Click on the pre-order link and take a look for yourself. Meanwhile, we’ve also been busy showcasing some new cars and tracks, and this week it was the turn of the new Porsche 935, a tribute car to the original Porsche “Moby ****” 935 from the 70s. This is the first time the new Porsche 935 makes its way to a console game, and what a beast this is. True to that all-winning silhouette and formula, but with a 3.8L twin-turbo boxer-6 allied to 2019 tech, this is an absolute winner and a sublime driving experience in Project CARS 3. But wait, there’s more! This week, media have had a chance to play Project CARS 3, and the previews are starting to roll in. Here are some of the top reactions to what they played below: “The best news is just how well it handles now with a pad. Traditional control has been completely revamped and the result is a racer that feels like games used to feel some 15 years ago.” — Gamesradar “When it comes to simulating the violence of being inside a racing car, Project CARS 3 delivers like no other.” — Eurogamer “All signs point to it being a very capable racer, and certainly the most accessible serious sim I’ve seen in years.” — PC Gamer Finally, if you’re looking for a place to hang out, discuss all things Project CARS, and stay up to date on the latest news about our games, then our recently revamped Discord server is just the thing for you! Come join the community and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and our website. – Fernando F1® MOBILE RACING What an unforgettable finish to last weekend’s British Grand Prix! Unsurprisingly, after that dramatic finale at Silverstone, the world of F1® Mobile Racing has been a hive of activity, with fans getting in on the action any time, any place. Whilst we can’t guarantee you randomly decomposing tyres… we can guarantee constant drama and fun, as you take on players across the globe for on-track supremacy, on iOS or Android. As well our PvP Duel events and GP Events with global leaderboards, there’s plenty of features to get lost in with F1® Mobile Racing, including the recently revamped R&D system. Compete in races to unlock better parts to equip on your car across different performance categories. Find the perfect car balance for your style of racing, recycle unwanted parts, and tune your F1 machine to perfection before hitting the track! – Chris ANY OTHER BUSINESS? Think you know your Showdowns from your shakedowns? Your Group Bs from your kit cars? Our friends at Outcyders are running a quiz on the history of the DIRT and Colin McRae franchise, with prizes to be won! Head here to take on the quiz, which tests your knowledge and speed, and place on the leaderboard for a chance to win some swag – and to beat the scores of some of the Codemasters team… Fast Family: are you ready? From Slightly Mad Studios, Fast & Furious Crossroads launches later this week, August 7, for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4! Join the crew and play your part in the epic Fast & Furious saga with incredible gadgets, stunning cars, familiar faces, jaw-dropping stunts and a new threat to defeat. Let’s go – ménage! View the full article
  18. Hey everyone, As always, we hope everyone is staying healthy, happy and safe. We once again want to thank our entire community for your continued support, feedback and excitement, which keeps driving us forward. Pun absolutely intended! This year of gaming is truly starting to take shape, with those glitzy press conferences, big reveals and the usual late-year launches starting to line up. It’s already been another exciting year in the world of Codemasters – and it’s only going to get bigger. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take stock after another packed fortnight of news for Codies titles. Full game launches, big trailer drops, and bucket-loads of new game details are on the agenda this time round, kicking off with our latest critically-acclaimed release… F1® 2020 Hello! Last time around, we were preparing for the release of F1® 2020, and an awful lot has happened in between then and now! If you’ve missed any of it, don’t worry, we’ll get you up to speed in no time. Launch Firstly, (and perhaps most importantly), we released F1® 2020 to the world! We’ve loved seeing your reaction and reading about the wonderful teams you’ve been winning world championships with. F1® 2020 also topped the charts in several countries, and is the highest-scoring Xbox game of 2020, according to Metacritic! Accolades We’ve been blown away by not just your response, but the critics’ responses, too. Want to see what they said? Take a look at our accolades trailer:  Patches We’ve also been busy listening to your feedback – both on what you’re loving and what’s not quite working for you. With that in mind, patch 1.05 went live across all platforms earlier this week. We always want to hear how you’re finding things, so feel free to pop in to our Forums and give us your thoughts. You’ve also been asking us when the brand new black Mercedes AMG Petronas livery will be coming to F1® 2020 – we can tell you that it’s on its way, and you’ll be able to get your driving gloves on it soon! Guides New to F1® games? Picked up F1® 2020 and want some tips to reach the front of the grid? Maybe you’re not quite sure what the best racing style is for you, or how to take the racing line (wahey!). Whether you want to know how to get to grips with a track layout, race in the rain or much more, we’re here to help. Our ever-expanding F1® 2020 tutorials and guides playlist will help you get the very best out of your racing experience. You can find the playlist below, and let us know what else you’d like to see us cover!  See you next time! – Jenny DIRT 5 Alright, let’s kick things up another gear… It’s always exciting for us here when we get to show you all some more of what we’re cooking up for DIRT 5, so this past week was *pretty* fun, with the reveal of DIRT 5’s official features trailer. New cars, new locations, new details, dozens of GIF-worthy shots. Get it watched:  So much more content dropped alongside the trailer, including the official box art for DIRT 5, featuring a stunning Aston Martin Vantage GT4 with a custom livery. The Amplified Edition art is equally eye-catching – see for yourself: Wanna grab yours? Pre-orders for stores and retailers across all platforms are live at dirtgame.com/dirt5, with Amplified Edition pre-orders including a 10% discount for players of previous DIRT titles. The icing on the cake? We’ve confirmed a FREE upgrade system for both next-gen platforms; that means if you buy DIRT 5 on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you’ll get the optimised versions on Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5, free of charge. Not bad, right? A fresh Codies Blog post confirmed all details on DIRT 5’s 10 brand new locations, and all event types available in single-player modes. What about multiplayer? September is our focus for online action, when we’ll tell all on some exciting ways to race against the world. Alongside our blog, we took over Red Bull Gaming and PlayStation.blog for some special features on the new content, including a breakdown of the stunning new environments with Art Director Amrish Wadekar. You still want more?! Well, luckily for you, we happened to drop some new gameplay today. Feast your eyes on a first look at DIRT 5’s Path Finder events with the monstrous rock bouncer, in this work-in-progress footage:  Busy fortnight? Yeah. Any plans to slow down? Not a chance. More DIRT 5 news and features coming your way in the next couple of weeks. – Chris DIRT RALLY 2.0 Hello everyone, here’s your Rally update with the latest goings-on: World RX Esports Series – Showdown in South Africa After two Invitationals and three competitive events, the World RX Esports Series held its final event on July 13th, using DiRT Rally 2.0’s virtual Killarney International Raceway. This was the scene of an epic showdown in real-life last year between Timmy Hansen and Andreas Bakkerud, and Timmy was in the championship fight once again in the virtual version. Joining him on the grid were his brother Kevin, the rapid Tom Blomqvist, returning Shane van Gisbergen and many more real-world drivers and guests. FailRace was here too, trying his best not to do a signature barrel roll over the kerbs. I won’t spoil the results here, but will say that it was a tense and intriguing end to what has been a very enjoyable esports series. Highlights are here, the full broadcast is here and if you just want to know who wins, we’ve got you covered here. DiRT Rally 2.0 Version 1.15 Bet you thought we were done updating the game, didn’t you? We’re planning a small update in mid to late August, with a few minor fixes. There may be a few surprises in there too, who knows (well, I do, but you’ll have to wait to find out!). That’s all for now, I’ll see you all again soon. Good luck out there on the road. -PJ PROJECT CARS 3 Hello fellow racers! Things are heating up here at Slightly Mad Studios as we continue to work on content to show you all what the Project CARS 3 has to offer. This is my favourite part, because I get to reveal all that juicy info you’ve been asking for… but before we get there, take a moment to enjoy the first in a series of hot lap videos showing some of the new content that’s coming to Project CARS 3. Fans of the IndyCar series will not want to miss out on this one as it features the all-new, twin-turbo V6, 700bhp Dallara 2019-spec single-seater crushing the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Earlier this week, we also continued our series of Developer Blogs, this time focusing on Project CARS 3’s vehicle upgrades system. The physics and handling teams walk you through the breadth and customisation of vehicle upgrades, allowing you to design your dream machine. Be sure to keep an eye out for the next videos as we start shining a spotlight on some of the new cars and content coming August 28. Find them all on our official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as our website. – Fernando F1® MOBILE RACING Deep breaths, everyone. Come on now – we can get through this together. Yes, we’re approaching the first weekend without F1 action since the revised season got underway. It’s tough to accept, but we have to! Never fear, though, as F1® Mobile Racing ensures you can be part of the action, any time, any place. Download for free on iOS and Android to join the millions of online racers battling in live PvP events, multi-round championships and creating their dream F1 car through detailed visual and mechanical customisation. Live right now in F1® Mobile Racing is our own 2020 Season GP Event, which mimics the majority of revised real-season calendar for a challenging championship, with big rewards on the line. Compete in that, or race into 1v1 Duel events, taking on all comers to rise up the leagues and establish yourself as the fastest driver in the world. Plenty to keep you occupied until the real action returns! – Chris ANY OTHER BUSINESS? It’s been a busy ‘ol fortnight for Racing Ahead creators after getting their hands on F1® 2020 two weeks ago. Since launch, they’ve made a whopping 650 videos and counting on F1® 2020 – that’s almost 50 videos a day! You can see a selection of those videos in a Playlist we put together over on YouTube. You may have seen some of your favourite streamers playing F1® 2020 over on Twitch recently too – F1® 2020 was even the #1 trending game on Twitch last week. New and returning players have been streaming My Team and inviting the chat to join in the fun with open lobbies as well, with the likes of Castro_1021 and Zerkaa getting in on the action. Also, Bateson87, Nepenthez, Pieface23, ChesnoidGaming, and BlackPanthaa have each been practicing ahead of a massive head-to-head, winner takes all, live race at 3pm BST, July 25th. Make sure you tune in to each of their streams to get their unique view on the race. Who’s your pick to take home the W? The entire Codemasters team is always keen to pass on advice and expertise to anyone looking to break into the gaming industry. Earlier this week, members of our Cheshire studio, currently working on DIRT 5, were guests in the Games Jobs Live show, specifically focusing on opportunities in the North West of the UK. Development Director Robert Karp and others were on hand to give insight on the process of creating our games – check out the show here. View the full article
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    DIRT 5 Rear View – July 2020

    The time draws nearer, team – we’re moving ever closer to the launch of DIRT 5 from October, and it’s once again been a month jam packed with news, gameplay and all-round goodness. Here’s a round-up of all the key details we dropped for DIRT 5 that you need to know about… DONUT MEDIA At the beginning of July, our friends over at Donut Media revealed more about their involvement in DIRT 5, including the roles of James Pumphrey and Nolan Sykes in Career mode! Donut’s dynamic duo bring their presenting and podcasting talent to our Career, where they help guide you through the main story with episodes of their DIRT Podcast by Donut Media, introductions to different event types, and plenty more. CAR CLASSES REVEAL For new reveals and content, we kicked off the month with full details on every car class coming to DIRT 5 – from classic rally machines, to trophy trucks, to a rock bouncer, we’ve gone big on fun and variety. Got a class you’re most looking forward to? P.S – full car roster list is coming closer to launch! FEATURES TRAILER Later in July, we showed you what it’s all about… The features trailer for DIRT 5 gave you a closer look at brand new locations, event types and modes, including the return of Gymkhana! In the accompanying blog post, you can read up on our 10 brand new locations, hosting over 70 routes to race on. What kind of races will you see in those locations? The blog post has all the deets on each single-player event type in DIRT 5. Circuit, point to point, ice racing, the roughest terrain, huge jumps and elevation changes – we’ve got you covered. BOX ART DIRT 5 box art. Revealed. Need we say more? MORE GAME INSIGHT We’ve also been busy chatting to various friends and partners, to give you even more DIRT 5 details on environments, locations, features and more. Head to Xbox Wire, PlayStation.blog and Red Bull Gaming to get insight from the team. PATH FINDER GAMEPLAY We know that gameplay is what you want to see, so we’re putting together some early looks at a range of locations, cars and events for #DIRT5 – kicking off with the incredible Path Finder events! Conquer the roughest of terrain and huge elevation changes, in a monstrous rock bouncer… STAMPEDE GAMEPLAY Finally, before we head into August, more new DIRT 5 gameplay brings you a thrilling Stampede circuit, weaving between the Arizona buttes. The Jimco Unlimited Truck is on hand to tackle the track – and a lightning storm to boot…  WHAT’S NEXT? We’ve been promising something special for you in August, and trust us – you won’t want to miss this. Towards the end of August, we’ll be showing something brand new for the DIRT franchise – something that combines creativity and community for a unique experience… Before that, we’ll be sure to bring you more news, more insight, and more fuel for the ‘ol hype train as we hurtle towards DIRT 5’s launch, beginning October 9 for PC and current-gen consoles, with a FREE upgrade to the optimised Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions, later this year. And don’t forget – if you’re a player of a previous DIRT game, grab yourself a 10% discount on the Amplified Edition on any platform! Race over to dirtgame.com/dirt5 to get your key to the action. View the full article
  20. Brand new, stunning global locations. An incredible variety of off-road machines. More ways to play than ever before. This is DIRT 5. Get ready to Let Loose. We’re incredibly excited to reveal the official features trailer for DIRT 5, taking you on a breathless tour of our amplified racing world. Brand new locations, modes and event types are all featured – keep reading this blog for full details on all of them. More big news coming with our latest trailer is the confirmation of a FREE upgrade option for PlayStation 4 players of DIRT 5, if and when you make the switch to PlayStation 5. As with the Smart Delivery system for Xbox Series X, if you have DIRT 5 on PlayStation 4, either in digital or physical form, you get the game on PlayStation 5, free of charge! All live pre-orders and more are at dirtgame.com/dirt5. STUNNING NEW LOCATIONS The trailer kicks off with a new look at a handful of DIRT 5’s locations. All brand new, built from the ground up and featuring multiple events, these environments are spectacular in not just how they look, but also how they play. Here’s a full breakdown of all 10 of DIRT 5’s locations: Nepal High-altitude driving, treacherous ice racing, and some seriously fun twisty routes – Nepal is a truly unique location for off-road racing that we’re bringing to the DIRT series for the very first time. We’ve carved out some unforgettable events in this idyllic setting for a fresh racing experience. Arizona Ready to take on the harsh desert and awe-inspiring canyons of Arizona? One of our two American locations features a wide variety of events covering dirt and sand, including a purpose-built oval track for Sprint races. Roosevelt Island Our second American location delivers an iconic area of New York like you’ve never experienced it before. Whether you’re racing on ice over the frozen East River, or blazing a trail through an urban jungle, Roosevelt Island hosts a slate of unforgettable events, all set between iconic landmarks. Norway The wintry tundra conditions of a Scandinavian paradise await you in DIRT 5’s Norway events. Race under the Northern Lights in Ultra Cross routes through a coastal town, turn steep snow routes into unique races and more in this region, rich in racing heritage. China Add some noise and action to this beautiful environment, weaving through paddy fields and under the shadow of the amazing Guilin mountains. Get air over ornate bridges and get to grips with muddy surfaces in these events that mix beauty and power. Morocco The rocky, dusty routes of Morocco await you in these incredible events, which will require some supreme driving skill and heavy machinery to succeed in. Wind through villages and vibrant oases, carving your own path through miles of natural beauty. Greece Mountain passes, rocky trails, steep tracks. The calling cards of off-road racing in Greece are certainly here in DIRT 5, but amplified to a new level. Take in incredible vistas as you find your flow and race up and down some seriously spicy routes and circuits – perfect for rally and rallycross cars. Italy Ever wondered what it would be like to tear around a huge marble mine in all manner of off-road cars? Welcome to Italy, combining picturesque settings with unique, jagged terrain for unforgettable races. Look out for some of our most extreme events here, where success is less about speed and more about survival. South Africa Come with us to the incredible Cape Town for a wide range of settings, conditions and event types in this incredible location. From racing at the base of Table Mountain, to twisty urban routes, to powering through familiar landmarks, prepare for South Africa to take your breath away in DIRT 5. Brazil All taking place under the gaze of Christ the Redeemer, buckle up for Brazil’s classic mixture of beauty, hustle and bustle. Barrel through Favelas in Rio de Janeiro, find a path through lush vegetation, and race over mud, sand, tarmac and more in a huge variety of scenarios. Every location comes equipped with dynamic extreme weather, which has the power to transform the look and feel of every race at any point. Brace yourself for blizzards, lightning strikes, sandstorms, thunderstorms and more to roll in as you’re racing, totally changing your experience. DIVERSE CAR CLASSES DIRT 5’s features trailer shows off an array of off-road cars that you’ll take the wheel of – from iconic rally and modern rallycross machines, to an awe-inspiring rock bouncer, to a frankly bonkers 900bhp sprint car! Earlier this month we gave full details on every car class in DIRT 5 – head here for our extreme showroom tour. OFF-ROAD RACING VARIETY That covers where you’ll be going and what you’ll be driving, but what kind of amplified racing is waiting for you in DIRT 5? Here’s a full breakdown of each event type available in offline play: Ultra Cross — Mixing multiple terrains, unpredictable circuit design and challenging bends, Ultra Cross is your classic rallycross-style event, turned up to 11. Expect close pack racing, crossovers and incredible environments for these action-packed, circuit-based races. Rally Raid —These point-to-point events are classic DIRT – thrilling routes through natural landscapes, where bravery and precision are key, as you’re behind the wheel of machines built for extreme off-road racing. High-speed sections, jumps, route splits and more keep you on your toes from start to finish in every Rally Raid event. Landrush — Circuit-based events that are not for the faint of heart! Rough terrain, jolting jumps and technical sections are the order of the day for Landrush, taking place on either dirt or snow. Expect extreme weather and changing track conditions to mix things up big time in these pack racing events. Ice Breaker – Minimal grip, maximum fun. Ice Breaker challenges you to master short circuits that take place entirely on ice, with flowing turns and idyllic environments. Throttle control, precise drifting and momentum are key to mastering this brand-new experience for the DIRT series. Better get your skates on! Stampede — Hard, unforgiving natural landscapes, built for rough-and-ready machines with suspension and shock absorbers galore, Stampede circuits are tough, to say the least. Unmarked routes with major undulation over mud, sand and plenty more, buckle up for some serious pack racing fun with Stampede Path Finder —You’ve never seen this kind of event before in a DIRT game. Path Finder lays down the gauntlet with some seriously hardcore off-road terrain, steep jumps and rock-strewn paths. Here, it’s not just about speed – it’s about strategy and survival. Use your rock bouncer to overcome these incredible single-car events against the clock. Sprint — Here’s our event type built specifically for DIRT 5’s bonkers sprint car – 900bhp, huge wings, different sizes for all four wheels. Learn to tame this beast on our oval and circular tracks, with constant drift control required as you tear up the track in these unique multi-car races. Gymkhana — It’s back! Jump, drift and donut your way to success in these high-octane stunt arenas, purpose-built for your automotive antics. Get sideways and airborne, and string together your moves to trigger multipliers and hit the target score within the time limit. Need we say more? Time Trial — Feeling extra competitive? Time Trial lets you take any circuit or point-to-point event and make it just you against the track – oh, and everyone else who’s ever raced the same scenario. Lay down your best times in the single-car mode, and rise up that scenario’s global leaderboard. We haven’t even talked about other features in the trailer, such as the livery editor and photo mode, which we’ll dive into more before launch. Then there’s the split-screen action, with local play for up to four players in offline modes, including Career! Make sure you’re caught up on all the details of DIRT 5’s star-studded, story-driven Career with our deep dive. Finally, we have the official DIRT 5 box art to reveal, for both the Standard Edition and Amplified Edition, featuring the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4, modified for off-road antics and featuring a gorgeous unique livery… Whilst we’ve jam-packed the DIRT 5 features trailer with content and details, don’t think for a second that we haven’t got more to reveal between now and October. Stand by for more news in September on multiplayer, showing off online game types and the return of fan-favourite modes. Before that, there’s August, where we’re getting ready to reveal something huge, and completely fresh for the franchise. You’ve never seen this before from DIRT, and we can’t wait to show you. DIRT 5 launches on October 9 for Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and Steam, followed shortly by racing onto next-gen with Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Pre-orders on Xbox, Steam and selected retailers are live, with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 pre-orders coming very soon. Check out our website to stay up to date on all news and pre-orders. Join the official DIRT 5 Discord to exclusive first looks at news and content, and chat with fellow fans and the Codemasters team. Follow DIRT on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for all the big news between now and October. View the full article
  21. Hey everyone, Once again we hope everyone is happy and healthy, and making use of gaming to stay sociable and entertained. It’s good to be back with yet another bumper blog on all things Codemasters from the past fortnight! This time around with the Racing Line, we’re shaking things up a little. As well as your usual updates on live and upcoming Codemasters titles, we’ll be bringing you a nostalgia hit from the world of DIRT, and be getting an update from our friends over at Slightly Mad Studios. Of course, though, we have the matter of a brand new game launch this week to kick us off… F1® 2020 Welcome to the Racing Line – and this is an especially exciting one. Not only are we in the middle of back-to-back race weekends; it’s also F1® 2020 release week! Reviews of F1® 2020 rolled out from this past Monday – and they have certainly been glowing. We’ve been so proud of how the game has been received by media and Racing Ahead content creators. You can read the best of them right here, and watch all the gameplay highlights in our handy playlist: If you have the F1® 2020 Deluxe Schumacher Edition, you’ve already been playing for a few days, and it’s been fantastic to see your early reaction and feedback. If you have pre-ordered the Seventy Edition, you’ll be able to start playing tonight from midnight in your area on PS4 and Xbox, and midnight BST on Steam. Still looking for more information about F1® 2020? Last week, we released the full features trailer for F1® 2020, which you can check out below: There are so many details to take in from the content we’ve shown you, so here’s a quick snapshot of some of the new features: Deeper F2 Integration Choose from a full season, half season, or three-race F2 experience, before getting started on your 10-season driver career. We’re also adding the 2020 F2 season as a free update later in the year. Shorter Season Options F1® 2020 is all about giving you more ways to play, including shorter season options. Choose between the original and full 22 race season (including Hanoi Circuit and Circuit Zandvoort), or shorter 10 or 16 options. Rear-View Mirror Not only have we given you more options to play F1® 2020, we’ve also been listening to your feedback from previous games. This year, we’re introducing a rear-view mirror to help you race wheel-to-wheel against your opponents. Customisable OSD Want to move your circuit map somewhere else? Change where your rear-view mirror sits? Move everything to wherever you’d like on screen! Simplified ERS Based on feedback from F1 drivers, we’ve simplified the ERS to make it more realistic. All you need to do to activate it is press a button! Want to learn more? We’ve got everything you need to know right here. We’ve also given our official game website a brand new look – let us know what you think. To all of you who’ve been playing F1® 2020, or are about to get started, we hope you enjoy playing! What have you called your team in the new MyTeam mode? We want to know – send your names and screenshots over to us at @Formula1game. – Jenny DIRT 5 We’ve promised you that DIRT 5’s focus for July will be all about revealing new game features and details, to further fill out the smorgasbord of off-road action awaiting you come October. Consider this, our full reveal of car classes, your opening course… An incredible variety of driving experiences await you in DIRT 5 – from the most modern all-terrain race cars available today, to classic rally heroes, to converted GT and SUV road champions, to insane rock bouncer and sprint cars. It’s all in DIRT 5, and we can’t wait to see which class takes your fancy the most. The car classes reveal also mentions more previously-unannounced cars for the game, including the Porsche 959 Prodrive Rally Raid, Aston Martin DBX, and Peugeot 208 WRX. Enough to whet your appetite? Pre-orders for DIRT 5 continue to go live across all six (count ‘em) of the platforms we’re launching on. Xbox and Steam pre-orders are available on their stores, both including a 10% discount on the Amplified Edition for players of previous DIRT games! Oh, and by the way, make sure to catch the latest episode of Donut Media’s Up To Speed, in which they tell you everything you need to know about Ariel – the UK factory known for incredible lightweight cars including the Nomad, which features in DIRT 5. Donut’s James Pumphrey reveals more details on his and Nolan Sykes’ in-game involvement – expect plenty of car chat and pot-stirring from the Donut duo. Digested all that? Good. Grab a refill, kick back, and prepare for plenty more as we blast through July… …Now I’m hungry. – Chris PROJECT CARS 3 Hello fellow racers! I’m Fernando Moutinho, the Social Media and Community Manager for Project CARS 3. I am incredibly thrilled to be part of such a fantastic team, working on our most exciting title yet. Since the announcement trailer of Project CARS 3 last June, quite a lot has happened. I’ve been keeping a close eye on the reaction from our community and have been taking notes of the valuable feedback fans have been sending our way. We know our fans are just as passionate about the franchise as we are, and it’s my job to make sure the fans are getting a good and open look at our new game. You can learn more about what’s coming your way in our first two Dev Blogs, which we published on our website (Dev Blog 1 and Dev Blog 2), and keep an eye out for more coming in the next few weeks. We’re also currently preparing an FAQ that will address many of those burning questions you’ve been sending our way. There’s a lot of cool stuff happening behind the scenes, and as a racing game fan myself, I really can’t wait to get the green light to get it all out to you. We’re only around 6 weeks from launch, so get ready for a lot more details about Project CARS 3 coming your way on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and our website. – Fernando DIRT RALLY 2.0 Before we kick off with today’s best rally game, let’s look back: Colin McRae Rally 2.0 – 20 Years On Earlier this week, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the legendary Colin McRae Rally 2.0. For many (myself included) this was where the fascination with the sport began, and was a direct influence on some of the DiRT Rally developers wanting to make games for a living. If you fancy some bangin’ 90s beats, check out the opening movie here, and we have quotes from various Codies people here on their memories of playing the game. Special shout-out to our Senior Graphic Designer, David Alcock, who has worked on every single DIRT and Colin McRae game, and is still at Codies today on DIRT 5! A while back I found an original Colin McRae Rally 2.0 manual while raiding the “Codies Swag Cave” (yup, we have one of those for when we need to ship out promotional gear). Still looks good in 2020, check out the pic above. David worked on that, and is still proud of the bespoke metallic ink that was used. And now… back to the present: World RX Esports Series – Final Round – The FIA World Rallycross Championship’s gearing up for real-world action once more, but before then we’ve got an esports champion to crown. This Sunday (July 12), top rallycross drivers and special guests from other disciplines will go head-to-head on DiRT Rally 2.0’s virtual Killarney International Raceway circuit in South Africa. 2019 real-world champion Timmy Hansen leads the standings with 79 points, with Aston Martin GT driver Tom Blomqvist (his dad rallied the Group B quattro, y’know) in second with 67. Timmy’s brother Kevin is in 3rd with 61. Among the new drivers competing this week are GT driver (and professional sim racer) David Perel, Bentley driver Jordan Pepper and Jaguar driver Simon Evans. Mika Salo also returns, bringing some F1 flavour to the grid once more. Missed any of the previous rounds? We’ve got everything on the DIRT Esports section of our YouTube channel – go take a look. Other Esports Activity – Here’s a quick roundup of what else is happening in virtual DiRT Rally 2.0 competitions at the moment: • The British Rally Championship Esports Invitational has ended, and you can watch all 4 rallies here on YouTube. • Alongside this, the eBRC has also completed. Check the final results here. • Citroën’s “Play with C3 R5” series is still active. You can compete and find all the info here for this hardcore rally series. Last week’s Car of the Week was the Renault Clio S1600 and this week’s is the Fiat 131 Abarth Rally. As for next week? Who knows (well, I know, but you’ll have to tune in to find out). That’ll do it for now – good luck out there on the road. – PJ F1® MOBILE RACING Already have F1 withdrawal symptoms as we await another trip around the Spielberg mountains? Don’t worry – F1® Mobile Racing is here, free to play on handheld devices, whenever and wherever you need a fix of official F1 action. Plus, it’s complete with all the 2020 drivers, teams, race helmets and circuits! Follow that new-season update, we’ve also just rolled out a new patch with further gameplay improvements, based on community feedback – so there’s never been a better time to jump in, download and play for free on Android or iOS Live right now, we have the 2020 Championship GP Event – our unique global event that mimics the revised 2020 World Championship Calendar in a multi-round test of skill and endurance. Be the best at Austria, Hungary, Britain, Spain, Belgium and Italy for big prizes. Fancy something even more frantic? From now until July 31, our Street Circuit GP Event is also open to all players, featuring the new Vietnam track alongside Monaco, Singapore and Azerbaijan. Good luck! – Chris ANY OTHER BUSINESS? You’ve heard of the Racing Line, but have you heard of Racing Ahead? Racing Ahead is our content creator partnership program. We team up with a handful of YouTubers and streamers to give you a sneak peek into what’s coming up in the future with Codemasters games. Our Racing Aheaders – as we fondly call them – have been all over F1 2020 ahead of the launch this week, with many getting their first look at the new My Team mode. Tiametmarkduk took plenty of time in setting up his team before getting a good result in his first race of the season, whereas Aarav took a different approach tasking his subscribers to pick his engine supplier, team name, and even team colours. Earlier in the month, some Racing Aheaders were lucky enough to get their hands on a very early build of DIRT 5, despite it not being out until October! ShinyOdd’s hilarious video went over the history of the DIRT franchise right up to DIRT 5 and Jeff Favignano’s reaction at seeing DIRT 5’s dynamic weather transition to thundersnow for the first time is not to be missed. Keep an eye on our socials where we’ll continue to share some of the latest and greatest Racing Ahead videos and streams around with the hashtag #RacingAhead. You too could be a part of the Racing Ahead crew – head to creators.codemasters.com and we may be in touch. View the full article
  22. You’ve been patiently waiting but it’s finally here. GRID Season 3 arrives on Xbox One, PS4, and PC via Steam on April 15th and is coming soon to Stadia. Following on from the Hot Hatchbacks of Season 1 and the Track Day Supercars of Season 2, we’re kicking into overdrive with six dream drives and of course, a new circuit too. Ultimate Edition players will get access to Season 3, as soon as it’s available and those with the base game will have some extra additions for free. The Cars As mentioned in the Season 3 overview video, there’s only one word to describe the cars featured in GRID Season 3 – fast. Here’s your line-up: We know you’re going to love tearing up the track in these incredible machines. For Ultimate Edition and Season 3 owners, each of these cars will be available in all game modes. For all GRID players, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport will be available as a loan car in Multiplayer modes. On top of these stunning Hypercars, we have a pair of incredible bonus cars – available to everyone no matter which version of GRID you’re playing on. These two Super GT icons are a blast to drive and sound just as good as they look. Both of these cars will be available to purchase and race for all GRID players in Freeplay and Multiplayer modes. The Track Now, the track. Loved by drivers and fans alike with its snaking corners and old-school aesthetic, you’ll be flying to Japan to get to grips with the Suzuka Circuit. A traditional track by all accounts, Suzuka Circuit will challenge your skill under pressure with its intricate corners and long and sweeping curves, many of which can be taken flat-out, if you dare. Here’s Matthew Battison, Lead Level Designer, on what makes Suzuka Circuit so special: “This is the first time that the Suzuka Circuit has featured in the GRID Series, what took us so long?! Over the years, Suzuka Circuit has been heralded as one of the most demanding and rewarding circuits in the world. Drivers rate this track highly, we do too, so we know GRID players will as well. Suzuka Circuit features almost every type of corner from the famous Esses at the start of the lap to Spoon Curve and the infamous 130R corner at the end of the lap – don’t forget it’s also a figure of eight configuration. It’s not just the full Grand Prix circuit that you can expect to play, we have also included the East and West Courses for you to enjoy too.” No matter which of the six route variations you choose to race on, each of the nine weather and time of day conditions will be at the disposal of all GRID players. Customisation Additions As with Seasons 1 and 2, we’ve also added a bunch of new customisation items to GRID for those with GRID Ultimate Edition. ● 14 new liveries ● Six new livery patterns ● Five new player cards ● Five new player banners Five of the liveries are unlocked by default but you’ll have to work to unlock through the Career to unlock the rest of the customisation additions – we didn’t want to make things too easy. Credit Boosts for Freeplay and Multiplayer Along with the cars, Career events, and customisation items that are added with Season 3, we’ve been hard at work to make some tweaks and changes to everyone’s GRID experience. Building on the recent Community Update that aimed to address GRID player feedback, we’ve continued to make adjustments, with the community at the heart of these decisions. Here’s Game Designer, Kelly Boyle, on the changes that we’ve made to Credit payouts with Season 3: “For Season 3, we’ve tackled an issue that the community has brought up with regards to currency awards in Freeplay and Multiplayer – we were told they were too low. Our awesome Dev QA team jumped on the case to verify these findings and collect some sample data to work with. With this information, Alex (one of our coders) and I, dove into the matrix to find the problem. After a bit of back-and-forth, we came up with a much better solution than originally in place which we hope you’ll all appreciate! Credit rewards for Freeplay and Multiplayer (including Private Lobbies, Public Lobbies, and Quickmatch) have been substantially increased. As a part of this process, we’ve also rebalanced currency payouts for these modes too. What this means is that whilst getting that 1st place actually gets you something worthwhile, for those occasions where you don’t quite make it you’ll still be rewarded appropriately.” To give you a feel for how different these changes are, the reward values are anywhere between four to more than ten times their previous amount. In Freeplay and Multiplayer, depending on the intensity of the assists you use you’ll see differences in the credits you’re awarded. As you gradually turn down stability control, traction control, and anti-lock baking assists you’ll earn higher and higher rewards. Plus, the more impressive the car, the more impressive the Credit reward – you won’t earn the same for winning a race in a Mini Miglia Challenge as you would in an Acura DPi. We hope these changes make those battles between AI in Freeplay and friends and strangers in Multiplayer that bit more interesting. New Achievements Finally, many GRID Ultimate Edition players have been asking for new achievements/trophies to go along with each of the seasons that have been released. Up until this point, we haven’t been able to add any new achievements – that ends now. Here’s Game Designer, Bradley Whelan, with some info around these additions: “In Season 3, nine brand new achievements for GRID Ultimate Edition owners have been added to the game. These achievements are based on beating pre-set lap times with certain track and car combinations. These achievements range in difficulty from easy to challenging – this way, they are accessible to our broad range of players so that everyone has something feasibly beatable from the offset. Don’t feel as if the challenging achievements are going to be too hard to beat if you’re a new player as the times have been designed so that with time, practice, and development they are achievable, therefore even more satisfying when you snag them.” We spoke to True Achievements who were able to exclusively reveal exactly what you’ll need to do to add these achievements/trophies to your collection. We really hope you enjoy the changes and additions that come with GRID Season 3. We’re not done with GRID yet, so please feel free to join in with the conversation on the official GRID Forums and on our Discord. If for some reason you’re yet to play GRID, you can give it a go by downloading the free trial on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. View the full article
  23. Up until now we’ve given you a glimpse at the incredible cars you’ll have the keys to in DIRT 5, promising a vehicle selection that’s all about variety and action, including some machines you’ve never seen the likes of in a DIRT title. Today, it’s time to dive a little deeper into all that goodness! Closer to launch we’ll have a full list of every car in DIRT 5, but let’s not wait until then to show you every car class you’ll find in our amplified off-road racer. You ready? Let’s take a walk through an extreme off-road showroom… Cross Raid Built specifically to overcome tough terrain, our Cross Raid class combines speed, strength and durability for some truly awesome trucks, including the Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 and the Laffite G-Tec X-Road, making its video game debut! Rock Bouncer Huge wheels, mad suspension, a big rollcage, and that’s about it. Oh, and you’re in the middle of it all. DIRT 5’s rock bouncer is purpose-built to conquer the most intimidating terrain. Use its traction, acceleration and flat-out stubbornness to beat all obstacles in our most extreme events. Formula Off Road This class houses our monstrous WS Auto Racing Mudclaw – a true off-road beast with huge ridged tyres and incredible power. Ideal for DIRT 5’s Stampede events, the Formula Off Road class is where you go for something capable of traversing just about anything – and fast. Rally Cross A staple of DIRT games, the cars in our rally cross class are designed for all-terrain speed and getting sideways as soon as possible. Perfect for our tighter circuits and twisty corners, the likes of the Peugeot 208 WRX and Citroen C3 R5 can turn on a dime and go from 0-60 almost as quickly. Classic Rally Roll back the years with iconic machines that popularised the concept of going fast and flat-out on any possible terrain. From the Fiat 131 Abarth Rally, to the Porsche 924 GTS Rallye, these off-road heroes will remind you that age is but a number with some serious power and performance. 80s Rally A golden age of off-road racing, no DIRT game would be complete with some of the most successful off-road cars of the 1980s. We’re combining series favourites such as the Ford RS200, with incredible newcomers like the Porsche 959 Prodrive Rally Raid, for a class that just gets better over time. 90s Rally Relive a time when off-road truly went mainstream, and recreate rivalries with the Subaru Impreza S4 and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI. We’re also giving some love to the more pint-sized extreme machines of the 1990s – keep an eye out for those! Rally GT Even the most refined GT cars built for tarmac can’t help but get DIRTy. The Rally GT class brings you these desirable cars kitted out with off-road specs, including the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT-4, and Porsche 911 R-GT. Sprint The DIRT 5 class dedicated to our truly incredible sprint car, sporting wheels of all different sizes, huge wings and 900bhp – perfect to rip up dirt oval tracks and get sideways. A unique class for a unique racing experience. Pre Runners Think of the best road-going SUVs and all-purpose vehicles. Now think of them draped on off-road kit and suped up for extreme racing. That’s the Pre-Runners class, featuring incredible race-ready versions of the Aston Martin DBX and Cadillac Escalade 2020. Unlimited Trucks. Big trucks. Trucks built for the most demanding off-road events in the world. Trucks that’ll give you the confidence to floor it and power over all the rugged terrain DIRT 5 has to offer. Jump in the Jimco Unlimited Truck, Brenthel Industries Unlimited Truck and more and show the most challenging events who’s really in charge. Super Lites Low on excess weight, high on action, these rockets have power-to-weight ratios that’ll make your eyes water. Have fun taming the Ariel Nomad Tactical, Exomotive Exocet Off-Road, and more. These compact cars are built for all-terrain speed and an all-out assault on the senses. The car classes for DIRT 5 are a huge part of DIRT 5’s focus on fun, variety and extreme action. Stuart Boyd, Producer on DIRT 5, explains more: “Variety is a massive part of our vision for DIRT 5, and we’ve made sure that this is represented in the game’s car classes and car roster. One moment, you’re tackling the most challenging terrain in a huge rock bouncer; the next, you’re blasting through a multi-surface circuit race with rallycross cars heavy on speed and grip; and then you’re carving a path through jungle-like routes with lively buggies and unlimited trucks. “Of course, alongside those new vehicles and classes, we had to bring in some iconic off-road cars that no DIRT game would be complete without. The style, vibe and features of DIRT 5 mean that you can take those legendary cars and race them in a totally new experience. You may’ve been behind the wheel of some of these beasts before – but not in a game like DIRT 5. “Combine that car classes with our 10 brand new locations, huge slate of event types, and dynamic extreme weather which completely transforms the handling and gameplay feel. The amount of different experiences to drive in just goes off the scale – we can’t wait for you take it all for a spin!” We’ll be revealing more cars and more screenshots of these car classes in action as we race towards DIRT 5’s launch, beginning on October 9 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, followed shortly by Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Stay up to speed on DIRT 5 by joining our official Discord server, and head to dirtgame.com/dirt5 for pre-order links and more details. View the full article
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    DIRT 5 Rear View – June 2020

    Missed any of the big DIRT 5 news from June? Our latest Rear View rounds up a jam-packed month of huge news, fresh content and first ever gameplay. Buckle up… DIRT PODCAST BY DONUT MEDIA We kicked off our Career-focused June by unveiling the DIRT Podcast by Donut Media – DIRT 5’s in-game audio show hosted by James Pumphrey and Nolan Sykes! In Career, the podcast drives the story forward and sets the scene for all the narrative’s big moments. Make sure to tune in, race fans… DISHING THE DIRT The official Dishing the DIRT website also went live at the start of June – our hub for all DIRT fans keen to see how the future looks for our iconic franchise. Watch 10+ minutes of development team insight, news on our two dedicated studios, and interactive elements showing the journey of DIRT. CAREER DEEP DIVE 130 events. Troy Baker plays your mentor; Nolan North plays the antagonist. 20 real-world sponsors to race for. Choice-driven progression. Special events and big objectives. Four-player split-screen integrated. That just scratches the surfaces of DIRT 5’s Career mode – the most ambitious ever of the series. TL;DR – it’s kind of a big deal. Get all the details here. DIRT 5 ON NEXT-GEN DIRT 5 is Codemasters’ first foray onto next-gen consoles – so to give more insight into how we’re making full use of the new technology, Technical Director David Springate sat down with the Xbox team to talk 120fps, CPU, GPU, SSD and plenty more… CAREER VIDEO A Racing Story, Amplified. In this special video, get the thoughts of Troy Baker, Nolan North, dialogue producer Olly Johnson, and the Donut Media boys on how DIRT 5’s unique and ambitious Career mode story came together in our recording session out in Los Angeles. We’re over the moon to not just be working with such a stellar group of talent, but to also be bringing you a creative and daring approach to storytelling, rarely seen in the genre. Get a taste of what we’re cooking up with the video below: FIRST GAMEPLAY Despite being well over three months from launch, we couldn’t wait to get some DIRT 5 gameplay out in the wild. In June, a host of media and content creators posted their first thoughts on DIRT 5 following a work-in-progress demo session – and the feedback was glowing! Check out the best of the footage here. Whilst all gameplay at this very early stage is purely a starting point for what we have to come, we’ve been blown away by the positive feedback so far, and can’t wait to fine-tune this baby all the way to October. WHAT’S NEXT? Can’t stop, won’t stop! After a packed June, we’re racing into July, where our focus turns to revealing more features and content for DIRT 5. Expect news on car classes, event types, locations and much more – and that begins this week! It all builds to DIRT 5’s launch, beginning on October 9 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, followed shortly by our next-gen launch on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Head to dirtgame.com/dirt5/preorder for all the latest pre-order links and news. Tell’ em I sent you.* *Don’t do that – they wouldn’t get it. View the full article
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    DIRT 5 Rear View – June 2020

    Missed any of the big DIRT 5 news from June? Our latest Rear View rounds up a jam-packed month of huge news, fresh content and first ever gameplay. Buckle up… DIRT PODCAST BY DONUT MEDIA We kicked off our Career-focused June by unveiling the DIRT Podcast by Donut Media – DIRT 5’s in-game audio show hosted by James Pumphrey and Nolan Sykes! In Career, the podcast drives the story forward and sets the scene for all the narrative’s big moments. Make sure to tune in, race fans… DISHING THE DIRT The official Dishing the DIRT website also went live at the start of June – our hub for all DIRT fans keen to see how the future looks for our iconic franchise. Watch 10+ minutes of development team insight, news on our two dedicated studios, and interactive elements showing the journey of DIRT. CAREER DEEP DIVE 130 events. Troy Baker plays your mentor; Nolan North plays the antagonist. 20 real-world sponsors to race for. Choice-driven progression. Special events and big objectives. Four-player split-screen integrated. That just scratches the surfaces of DIRT 5’s Career mode – the most ambitious ever of the series. TL;DR – it’s kind of a big deal. Get all the details here. DIRT 5 ON NEXT-GEN DIRT 5 is Codemasters’ first foray onto next-gen consoles – so to give more insight into how we’re making full use of the new technology, Technical Director David Springate sat down with the Xbox team to talk 120fps, CPU, GPU, SSD and plenty more… CAREER VIDEO A Racing Story, Amplified. In this special video, get the thoughts of Troy Baker, Nolan North, dialogue producer Olly Johnson, and the Donut Media boys on how DIRT 5’s unique and ambitious Career mode story came together in our recording session out in Los Angeles. We’re over the moon to not just be working with such a stellar group of talent, but to also be bringing you a creative and daring approach to storytelling, rarely seen in the genre. Get a taste of what we’re cooking up with the video below: FIRST GAMEPLAY Despite being well over three months from launch, we couldn’t wait to get some DIRT 5 gameplay out in the wild. In June, a host of media and content creators posted their first thoughts on DIRT 5 following a work-in-progress demo session – and the feedback was glowing! Check out the best of the footage here. Whilst all gameplay at this very early stage is purely a starting point for what we have to come, we’ve been blown away by the positive feedback so far, and can’t wait to fine-tune this baby all the way to October. WHAT’S NEXT? Can’t stop, won’t stop! After a packed June, we’re racing into July, where our focus turns to revealing more features and content for DIRT 5. Expect news on car classes, event types, locations and much more – and that begins this week! It all builds to DIRT 5’s launch, beginning on October 9 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, followed shortly by our next-gen launch on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Head to dirtgame.com/dirt5/preorder for all the latest pre-order links and news. Tell’ em I sent you.* *Don’t do that – they wouldn’t get it. View the full article
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