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  1. ● Innovative esports series, to feature competitions across multiple leading titles from Codemasters, looks set to kick off in 2022
    ● Lando Norris’ Quadrant is the first team confirmed for this unique esports tournament
    ● ‘Original and engaging format’ to ‘break the mould’ in burgeoning gaming sphere


    In an industry first, Veloce Esports has announced a partnership today with Codemasters to launch a revolutionary, multi-title, global esports racing league – the VERSUS ULTRA Series.

    Veloce is well-versed in original and innovative projects in the burgeoning esports sphere, sparked by the success of its immensely popular #NotTheGP series during the first national lockdown of 2020. The ever-expanding Veloce Esports ecosystem yields substantial monthly viewership figures in excess of 230 million across its various channels. The VERSUS ULTRA Series will feature an innovative event format with different stages of competition taking place across several Codemasters titles – Project CARS 3, F1® 2021, DiRT Rally 2.0, and DIRT 5.

    Some of the most well-known global esports teams will be taking part, comprising world famous streamers, pro gamers, wildcard fan entries and more, with squads competing for a game-changing crypto NFT trophy – the VERSUS ULTRA Cup. More information on the event format, team announcements and the VERSUS ULTRA CUP will be revealed in due course, with racing set to get underway in 2022.

    Rupert Svendsen-Cook, CEO, Veloce Esports, commented: “We’re delighted and feel very privileged to be partnering with such an established player in the industry as Codemasters, to launch what we know will be the best racing esports league in the world. We have worked closely with Codemasters for some time, as a large part of our media network features their titles, so it made a huge amount of sense to work together on this project.

    “For us, the key focus is on entertainment for the gaming community and offering an original and engaging format that breaks the mould of the traditional racing esports leagues currently available. We’re incredibly excited to share further details regarding who and what is to come as we prepare to launch in 2022.”

    Toby Evan-Jones, Head of Business Development, Codemasters, commented: “The VERSUS Ultra Series is an exciting new format that creates both action-packed content and the opportunity for our players to compete with their heroes from the real and virtual racing worlds. Codemasters expertise in delivering world-leading racing titles makes us the perfect partner for Veloce. We hope players of all levels will come together to create a fun competition which redefines the competitive gaming landscape with an innovative and inclusive format.”

    Veloce is the world’s leading esports & racing growth platform focused on innovation within the gaming, sport, media, and entertainment sectors creating a harmonized integrated ecosystem. With a pioneering model in esports and an ever-growing audience of over 230 million views per month across its channels, Veloce is a market leader transcending advertising audience commercial value, full service esports service provisions, strategic growth investments and partnerships, and more. Veloce Esports offers consulting and management to pro gamers, teams and brands looking to make their name in the growing world of esports. The Veloce Esports multidisciplinary team comes with a strong background of sports management, real world competitive sporting experience and the mentality to win across different fields.

    Veloce Racing is an innovative motorsport team competing in the Extreme E series taking on formidable environments, damaged by climate change or severely affected by human interference, as a fully-fledged franchisee in the pioneering off-road racing series. Quadrant is Veloce’s first joint-venture team that combines gaming, racing, content, and apparel to provide a greater platform for content supported by Quadrant’s creators and four brand quadrants.

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  2. It’s not a bad time to be fan of motor racing and video games, right? For us racing fanatics, Le Mans is alive with the sound of race cars, and motorsport championships across the world are in full swing, including the return of F1® this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. For all gamers, it’s the beautiful season of big events, major reveals, ‘World Premieres’ and ‘one more thing…’. Bliss.

    As you can imagine, then, the Codemasters team is pretty hyped around this time of the year – particularly as we’re working on plenty of stuff to throw into that cauldron of excitement. Our latest Racing Line, your fortnightly delivery of latest Codies news and content, includes big reveals and updates across the F1® and DiRT franchises. Let’s get stuck in…

    F1® 2021

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    Hello, and welcome to the latest F1® 2021 update for the Racing Line. The summer break is nearly over, F1® is almost back, and the Belgian Grand Prix is just around the corner! Ok, all of those are mostly the same thing, but you get my drift. We can’t wait!

    Standing on the top step of the podium
    If the thought of F1® being back isn’t exciting enough, this week we also revealed F1® 2021’s accolades trailer to the world. As a triple-header of races begins, be part of the thrilling action with the critically-acclaimed F1® 2021 Discover what the critics are saying by checking out the trailer. You can also read some of our favourite reviews over at formula1game.com.

    We’ve loved listening, watching and reading all of your reactions to F1® 2021, so make sure you keep them coming. In fact, that leads us on nicely to the next topic…

    Patch 1.07
    We released patch 1.07 on all platforms at the start of this week, addressing more community-reported topics. if you haven’t seen the notes for this release, you can read them all here.

    We’re listening to all the feedback you’re giving us and investigating the issues you’re sending over. If you have a burning question, want to share setups, or report something that’s not quite right, come and join us in our Forums – we’d love to hear from you.

    That’s not all, though. We have some very exciting things around the corner, which we’ll be talking to you about very soon. Make sure you keep an eye on our social channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) to see all the news the moment it arrives!

    See you next time,

    – Jenny

    CODEMASTERS DIRT RALLY TEAM

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    Hello everyone, PJ back again with another rally update.

    Codemasters DiRT Rally Team – Eau Rouge? Eau Yes!

    While the F1 circus is heading to Spa this weekend, we warmed it up for them by competing in the fourth round of the FIA Junior WRC: the Ypres Rally in Belgium.

    Ypres is one of the legendary rally events in Europe, but this is the first time it has played host to a round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Being an all-tarmac affair, Jon Armstrong and Phil hall were well-prepped, being specialists on that surface.

    Doing well is a complete understatement, though, as they completely smashed it with a dominant display! Four stage wins at the start resulted in a gap of over 30 seconds to the rest of the field, and a measured performance over the remaining days saw that lead extend to over a minute.

    While Friday and Saturday took place in the countryside, Sunday was the day where we took to the track, with the final Stages heading around the famous racetrack at Spa. It was pretty cool seeing rally cars take on the same corners we’ve all been driving in games for years, and with a clean run to the finish, we took home our second win of the season!

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    Here are some words from Jon (via Rally Insight):

    “We didn’t know what to expect coming into this weekend; It is a new rally for the majority of the Juniors so we didn’t know who was going to be fast. I certainly didn’t know if I would have the speed to win.

    “On Friday I was able to build up a lead and by the end of Friday, it was a matter of trying to keep that over the course of Saturday and Sunday. Ypres is a very demanding event with very fast stages and a lot of pollution where we were running down the field.

    “It is amazing to win. It is great for the championship and a big thanks to the sponsors for getting me here. Without them it is not possible. It has been tricky to get back into rallying and it is good to be performing and winning at this time.”

    If you want to hear more from Jon and his story so far, our friends at DirtFish had a long interview here; certainly worth a read.

    Coming up next is the big finale on the Spanish tarmac, in mid-October. I’m looking forward to that event for many reasons, having driven plenty of kilometres on the Spanish tarmac in DiRT Rally 2.0. It’ll be great to see our car scythe through those turns one last time this season as we fight for the title.

    ‘til next time, take care,

    – PJ

    DIRT 5

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    With DIRT 5’s addition to EA Play on Xbox, PlayStation and PC, we’ve seen another surge in new players, so welcome aboard to all EA Play subscribers! Try out all the game’s modes and features at your own pace – though we do want to recommend one area in particular… Party modes.

    Head to the Online area and select ‘Party’ to take part in objective-based events with your buds and the world. Transporter, Vampire, and King are your event types, each capable of creating incredible – and sometimes hilarious – racing moments, like this. Skill behind the wheel and tactics are handy for success here, but above all, it’s about fun. Let us know which Party mode is your favourite.

    Plenty of you have been asking about future plans for DIRT 5, and if more content is on the way. As we confirmed on our channels recently, we do have some more surprises up our sleeves! The next content drop for DIRT 5 adds more of what you’ve been asking for, including cars. One car in particular has been doing the rounds in the rumour mill – whilst we can’t confirm anything just yet, we strongly advise you to… hold on tight.

    – Chris

    F1 MOBILE RACING

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    Hello racers! You may’ve noticed that ‘Mobile Corner’ has been absent from the Racing Line blog for a while. The team has been devoting their time to finalising our biggest ever update to F1® Mobile Racing – and now we can reveal all…

    F1® Mobile Racing: 2021 Season Update

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    The 2021 Season Update brings fresh new content to our official free-to-play handheld F1 game, including all the cars, teams, and drivers from the current F1 season, a huge visual overhaul, redesigned R&D, a new PI system, player profile customization, and more. That’s not all, either – another upcoming update will add a Career mode to the game for the very first time!

    All the details on the 2021 Season Update, launching soon, is available here. This will affect multiple existing areas of the game; details on what will happen to your cars, in-game currency, league rankings, and more is covered in our FAQs article.

    From the game’s launch in 2018 for iOS and Android, gathering over 35 million downloads to date, F1 Mobile Racing continues to go from strength. Look out for more news on the 2021 Season Update going live!

    Beta Players: Thank You
    The F1 Mobile Racing team would like to thank all of those in the community who have taken part in our beta program over the last few weeks. Thanks to you, the community, the team was able to address and test various aspects of the final product so that everyone can have the best possible experience.

    This doesn’t mean we’re done listening and taking feedback. We encourage you to keep sending us those valuable comments, to help us further improve the game. Reach out to us with any issues you may have and other various feedback using the in-game help & support page, or on our social media pages. Our Facebook group is a particularly great place to ask questions and meet other players.

    See you on the next round!

    – Fernando

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

    At Codemasters and EA, we believe that it’s imperative to meet the needs of diverse populations in gaming and beyond. Through EA’s patent pledge, we’re committing that every developer in the industry will be able to use EA’s accessibility-centered technology patents, royalty free. Anyone can freely use these patents and implement our accessibility-centered IP in their own games to make them more inclusive. This pledge covers some of our most innovative technologies designed to break down barriers for players living with disabilities or medical issues. This includes those with vision, hearing, speaking or cognitive issues. Head here for full details on the patent pledge.

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  3. Codemasters is thrilled to join forces with EA this week, adding eight of our acclaimed racing titles into EA Play!

    The gaming subscription service’s already-heaving list of top games is now bolstered by titles from four different racing franchises, available to play now across Xbox, PlayStation, and Steam. Let’s take a closer look at what you can get behind the wheel of on EA Play:

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    Get a taste of what it’s like to compete in the pinnacle of motorsport with F1® 2020, available now in EA Play. Represent your favorite team and challenge for World Championships in Career mode, take ownership of every key aspect of your own F1® outfit in My Team, or take the competition online and compete against the world in competitive, casual, and bespoke race events. F1® 2019 also delivers big on the authentic action, including a plethora of classic F1® cars to drive, and plenty of ways to tailor the experience to your liking.

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    Looking for something a little… dirtier? The award-winning DIRT franchise comes to EA Play with four huge titles. First up, DIRT 5 – 2020’s bold and brash off-road racer, including the ground-breaking Playgrounds mode, where you design your own racing arena, and a Career mode starring the legendary voices of Troy Baker and Nolan North. DIRT 4, meanwhile, is a grittier experience, featuring rally, rallycross, and fun objective-based action. Want to crank up the challenge even more? DiRT Rally and DiRT Rally 2.0 join EA Play – iconic off-road games that set the bar for simulation rally, where any small mistake could be your last.

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    Back to the tarmac now, with GRID – 2019’s award-winning blend of real circuits, unique fictional tracks, a huge variety of iconic cars, and thrilling gameplay. Finally, we have Project CARS* from the Slightly Mad Studios team: the legendary simulation racing experience, driven by community input and a dedication to designing a truly authentic motorsport challenge.

    Looking to play on Xbox? Don’t forget: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes access to all EA Play titles. If you’re a Game Pass Ultimate player, all these games are available to download now through the Xbox Game Pass app.

    Jump into the action with EA Play, alongside games from iconic franchises like EA SPORTS FIFA, Madden, Battlefield, and more. Plus, grab exclusive rewards, content, and discounts by becoming an EA Play subscriber. Stay up to date on the latest from EA Play by following us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Check out EA.com/EA-Play/Terms for full details.

    *Project CARS is currently available on EA Play for PlayStation and Steam.

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  4. Hey, you made it! Glad you could join us for another Codies Racing Line – our fortnightly round-up of content and info about your favourite Codemasters games, and updates from within our community and culture. After a surprise guest author last week, we’ve regained control of the ship, and S.S Send It is at full speed for another voyage.

    Latest news from three different Codies franchises are coming your way today, ranging from patch notes and Playgrounds guides, to reminders and real-life rallying. Enough of the waffling on – let’s get into it…

    F1 2021

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    Hey all!

    It may be the summer break, but it’s always race week with F1® 2021. How is F1® 2021 helping you through the summer stretch – are you set on scrapping with Devon Butler in Braking Point, racing your rival in two-player Career, or forging your own F1® team in My Team? We’d love to know!

    F1® 2021 Gift Boxes
    Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been sending out spectacular gift boxes to some special people, like Racing Ahead creator DurkChocolate We think they look pretty cool – don’t you?

    If you’d like one of these boxes for yourself, make sure you follow our channels, as we may be giving you a chance to grab one for yourself. Just maybe. That’s all we’re saying right now.

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    Sim Racing And F1® 2021

    McLaren’s very own honey badger, Daniel Ricciardo, talked to Autosport earlier this week about sim racing, F1 2021 and getting his own rig, which you can read right here. Ricciardo was chatting to media at recent event – and all we’re saying is, you may want to keep a close eye on our channels to see something super special.

    Help For Heroes

    This Saturday (14th August), Help For Heroes is launching a tournament on F1® 2021, including some Racing Ahead members, and we’re proud to be collaborating with them! You’ll be able to catch this on the Codemasters Twitch channel, and you can donate to their brilliant cause right here.

    Patch 1.06

    We released Patch 1.06 for F1® 2021 on all platforms at the start of this week. If you haven’t seen the notes for this release, you can read them all on our website.

    We’re listening to all the feedback you’re giving us and investigating the issues you’re sending over. If you have a burning question, want to share setups, or report something that’s not quite right, come and join us on the Codemasters Forums – we’d love to hear from you.

    See you next time!

    – Jenny

    GRID Legends

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    Now, we know we don’t need to tell you twice about GRID Legends being revealed to the world at EA Play Live, and that it’s launching in 2022. We don’t need to remind you about the first look at the ground-breaking virtual production story coming your way, the return of Drift, or anything we unveiled in July.

    What we do need to do is bring you more details on everything else coming your way in GRID Legends – from new cars and tracks, to brand new ways to play, to online innovations. After today’s update, we’ll be going quiet for a little while to focus on doing just that, later this year. Before we head back into the garage, though, here’s a final reminder of where to find all the confirmed information on GRID Legends, and how to make sure you’re ready for what comes next.

    Check out the official GRID Legends website for the first game info, as well as the official trailer and first screenshots. Recently, plenty of you have been enjoying the shots of the Audi A4 Quattro BTCC, as featured at the top of this article, and we can understand why. Following our social channels are, of course, a good start to make sure you don’t miss anything, so join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to ensure you catch any GRID Legends trailers, gameplay and more, the moment they arrive.

    Finally, keep GRID Legends front-and-centre on your platform of choice by following or wishlisting on Xbox, PlayStation, and Steam. We’ll also be using the News area on PlayStation 5, and the official GRID Xbox Club, to share content – follow GRID Legends on those platforms and any latest news will be fired straight to your console.

    All bases covered, then. We’ll be back later this year to start hitting homers out of the park.

    – Chris

    DIRT 5

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    Believe it or not: It’s been three weeks since DIRT 5’s biggest ever update roared onto Xbox, PlayStation, and Steam! Three whole weeks to tear up new tracks, put new cars through their paces, create other-worldly Playgrounds, and explore everything else we stuffed into Update 5.00. It’s been a blast watching our community dig into that update and the Super Size Content Pack – but we haven’t taken our eye off the road ahead. Even more content additions are coming to DIRT 5, and we’ll have more details in the coming weeks!

    This week, though, we wanted to double down on the recent feature additions to Playgrounds, where you can compete and get rewarded in more ways than ever before. First up, there’s Creator Rewards – the new system that hands out scaled rewards to all players who create Playgrounds. Any custom arena you create can earn you currency and other goodies, and if you publish a Playground that really gets our community buzzing, you’ll regularly receive cash, Rep, and XP.

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    These rewards are also up for grabs in our new Weekly Challenges, where you compete against the globe on a hand-picked Playground. Have as many attempts as you like to nail your best time or score, rank high on the global leaderboard, and collect your rewards every Monday. It’s fun and competitive, but also helps with unlocking exclusive items like liveries and stickers, and gives you more cash to buy cars. What’s not to love?

    – Chris

    Codemasters DiRT Rally Team

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    We’re off to Belgium

    Hot off last month’s podium in Rally Estonia, the Codemasters DiRT Rally Team’s heading to Belgium this weekend for the fourth round of the 2021 Junior WRC season. After two challenging gravel rallies, Jon Armstrong and Phil Hall will be back on the tarmac as the routes cut through Ypres and end at the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

    Having won on tarmac in Croatia, this is a good opportunity to take back the championship lead before we head to the season finale in Spain. Here are some words from Jon about the upcoming challenge:

    “People always talk about the cuts in Ypres. Some of them are quite deep and cambered. You have to watch out for the ditches, though. You can’t afford to slip into one of those. Also the four-wheel-drive cars in front of us will pull out loads of gravel which we will have to be wary of.

    “I’m looking forward to getting back on tarmac and I’m excited by the rally in general. We are looking forward to putting in a good effort to see what we can do. For us having a retirement in Portugal means we need to continue having a strong run. I don’t necessarily think we need to win the rally to win the championship.

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    “We just want to do the best we can and if we get a win that would be great. We are still just focusing on getting better and doing a good job.”

    There has also been a lot going on behind the scenes to get the team on the road this year, as Jon mentions:

    “I just want to thank each one of my sponsors and supporters who have made this whole journey possible. I couldn’t ask for much more after the first three rounds, it has been great to show my speed again this year. We have two big rallies coming up so thanks to those who are driving our campaign forward behind the scenes.”

    I’ll be getting updates from our man on the ground throughout the weekend, so keep an eye on @dirtgame to see how we get on.

    Bye for now,

    -PJ

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

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    EA Play just got a whole lot… racier! This week, eight Codemasters racing titles stormed onto the EA subscription service, and are available to play right now: DIRT 5, F1® 2020, F1® 2019, DiRT Rally 2.0, DiRT Rally, DiRT 4, GRID, and Project CARS*. Jump into all these titles with EA Play, alongside games from iconic franchises like EA SPORTS FIFA, Madden, Battlefield, and more. Plus, grab exclusive rewards, content, and discounts by becoming an EA Play subscriber. If you’re an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate player, you’ll receive EA Play, including these new Codies titles, at no additional cost. Smashing.

    *Project CARS is currently available on EA Play for PlayStation and Steam.

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  5. So, here’s the thing. We did have another pithy intro lined up for your latest fortnightly round-up of Codemasters news, reveals and info. Honestly, it was a belter! However, late last week, we had an anonymous letter come through, offering (well, actually, demanding) to take on the Racing Line intro, this time around. Whilst the letter included no name, we think we can figure out who this came from…

    ‘Considering nobody knows how to nail a racing line better than myself, it makes sense for me to lead the way for this this latest Codies Racing Line, right? So, sit back, put your reading glasses on, and watch how the pros do it.

    ‘Looking across the Codemasters channels, there’s plenty of major announcements to take you through today – but let’s not forget the real headline story here: Me. I’m going for a sixth World Series title, more than any other driver in history, and in 2022, you’ll have a front-row seat to watch it all happen. I suppose we should kick this thing off by giving you more details on how you can do that…’

    GRID LEGENDS

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    Race fans. Welcome back.

    This past week, Codemasters and EA were ecstatic to reveal GRID Legends to the world, launching in 2022 on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. Premiering at the top of show as we kicked off EA Play Live, check out the incredible official reveal trailer here.

    As you can tell from the video, GRID Legends will heavily feature an innovative and ground-breaking story-driven mode. Combining epic racing with a stunning virtual production, featuring a real-life cast including Ncuti Gatwa, this is a narrative experience you have never seen before from GRID, which we’ve been working on in secret for quite some time. We genuinely cannot wait to show you more on how this story comes together, the part you will play, and how the infamous Ravenwest Motorsport weave into it all…

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    But, the story is just the beginning. GRID Legends delivers on the series’ legacy of incredible racing variety and unpredictable action, with a huge range of vehicles, circuits (including brand new tracks) and event types, including the return of Drift. Plenty more features and more innovations for the series are yet to be revealed – we have only scratched the surface so far.

    To check out more details and screenshots from GRID Legends, head to our website. We have live pages right now on PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam – head there to wishlist or follow GRID Legends, as we return later this year to unveil much, much more.

    – Chris

    F1® 2021

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    Get your favourite driving gloves on, as it’s time for F1® 2021 in this week’s Racing Line.

    It’s a little under two weeks since F1® 2021 released, and we’ve loved your reaction to the game so far. From seeing you all play Braking Point, to competing against a friend for glory in two-player Career, or creating your own F1® team and joining the grid, it’s been great to see!

    Instagram Decides with Nicholas Latifi
    Today, you’ve been busy choosing how Nicholas Latifi spends his day in our Braking Point takeover on Williams’ Instagram. We’re having plenty of fun deciding aspects of his day, F1® 2021 style! There’s still time to head over to Williams Racing’s Instagram and check out the Stories before they expire.

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    Hitting F1® 2021’s Circuits With Your Friends
    Whether you’re new to the Formula 1® series’ multiplayer scene or a veteran league racer, F1® 2021 has plenty of online modes for you to battle against your friends, outside of two-player career. Those of you who’ve ventured into previous F1® multiplayer will find we’ve switched things around a bit; read all about it right here to make sure you’re up to speed, and ready to take on the world.

    Patch 1.05
    Earlier this week, patch 1.05 was released on PC and PlayStation® consoles, with Xbox coming very soon. You can check the notes for this patch here. We’re listening to all the feedback you’re giving us and investigating the issues you’re sending over. If you have a burning question, want to share setups, or report something that’s not quite right, come and join us in the Codemasters Forums. We’d love to hear from you!

    See you next time,

    – Jenny

    DIRT 5

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    Somebody bring us back down to earth! It’s been just over a week since we released DIRT 5’s biggest ever update, including the Super Size Content Pack and Parts Unknown Playgrounds Update, and our feet still haven’t touched the ground. If you missed any details on everything we added to DIRT 5 earlier this month, all the details are here. Thank you, as always, for your feedback and comments since launch day, as we make sure the experience is as perfect as possible for everyone.

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    It’s been brilliant to see players getting stuck into the new Career events, taking photo mode shots with the new liveries, making gravity-defying arenas with the new Playgrounds items, and more general tomfoolery. A big area we’ve seen players enjoying is the new Weekly Challenge in Playgrounds, with big rewards up for grabs on a specially-selected arena. Check it out right now, as a top Smash Attack arena is the global battleground for racers to post their best scores. We also used this update to further enhance DIRT 5’s use of the PS5 DualSense controller features, including haptics and audio. Check out our PS.blog post for details on what we’ve tweaked.

    – Chris

    CODEMASTERS DIRT RALLY TEAM

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    Another Rally, Another Podium!

    Hello everyone, PJ here once again bringing you the lowdown on Junior WRC Rally Estonia.

    Earlier this month, Jon Armstrong and Phil Hall took the DiRT Rally car to Estonia for the third round of the season.
    Having won in Croatia and retired in Portugal, a strong result was needed to keep them in championship contention, and that’s what they delivered.

    It took the crew a while to get into a rhythm, but after a few setup changes on Saturday they were flying (quite literally; judging by the pic above) and racked up multiple Stage Wins. Sami Pajari was having a near-invincible run all weekend, though, and took a dominant win, but Jon and Phil claimed best of the rest and took home a very solid P2.

    Here are some words from Jon on how the rally went:

    “We are really happy to finish second on Rally Estonia. Pre-event we were thinking third would be a great result.
    Just because of the high-speed nature of the roads and the event, in general, was a lot more like Finland than what I was expecting.

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    I didn’t really know how competitive we would be but early on we saw that the pace wasn’t so bad. Our confidence was good and we were only 13 seconds off the lead at the end of the first full day. It is definitely an important result for the championship. To get so many points on an event we knew was our weakest of the year is very promising.”

    Pajari leads the championship standings by 15 points, with two rounds remaining in the season. However, each driver’s lowest-scoring event will be dropped in the final standings, so it’s all to play for!

    That’s all for now – see you again soon.

    – PJ

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

    Our official handheld free-to-play title F1® Mobile Racing has kicked off a closed beta on Android! Ahead of an upcoming major update, we’re running a short beta to allow players to test new features and advances, as well as gather your feedback to help drive the direction of F1® Mobile Racing’s next chapter. To register your interest in playing the Android beta, head to our new website.

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  6. F1® 2021 is here! The countdown to game launch is over, and you can now get your hands on the game. Pick up your helmet, put on your driving gloves and celebrate with our launch trailer, viewable here.

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    Every story has a beginning

    Braking Point is F1® 2021’s brand-new story mode. Start with one of five teams and rise from the ranks of F2™ to the heights of F1®. Introduce yourself to the leading lights of this thrilling story here, and if you want to watch the first hour, check out our creator playlist here. Be prepared for spoilers, though!

    Two-Player Career
    Work together and play cooperatively or compete against each other with F1® 2021’s two-player Career. Just like in F1® 2020, two-player split-screen is back too, for those who want to challenge their rivals on the couch.

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    Real-Season Start

    Jump into this season’s action at any point that has already occurred, with real-time driver and constructor standings.

    Brand-new Driver Ratings

    Compare and contrast F1® and F2™ drivers based on experience, racecraft, awareness, pace and overall rating, including the seven iconic drivers that are in the digital Deluxe Edition. We revealed the full driver ratings for F1® 2021 earlier this week – get the lowdown here.

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    More customisable than ever before

    Both seasoned veterans and those new to the Formula 1® game will find more options than ever with Casual, Standard and Expert game modes designed to help create the perfect racing experience.

    Join the new generation

    For the first time, F1® 2021 will be released on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation®5, alongside PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Taking advantage of the next-generation hardware, you’ll enjoy a stunning graphical uplift, quicker loading times, improved force feedback, and a much more detailed damage model.

    The digital Deluxe Edition launched on July 13 with seven iconic F1® drivers for My Team, extra customisation content, 18,000 PitCoins, and the Braking Point Content Pack.

    The Standard Edition, available from today, includes the Braking Point Content Pack, and 5,000 PitCoins.

    View the full article

  7. Don’t worry. Don’t panic. It’s not your fault. We understand that it’s incredibly easy right now to keep track of everything that’s going on in the world of Codemasters right now, with so much being revealed and rolled out.

    That’s why, of course, you’ve come to the Codies Racing Line, to make sure you haven’t missed something from the past fortnight. Once you’ve read through your article, you can chat away with your pals about it all, as if you never missed a thing. It’s all good – your secret’s safe with us.

    Our latest round-up of Codemasters news and information features a truly massive game launch this week, a reveal of a humongous update to another live title, and final preparations for our own rally team’s next round of action. Right, pithy intro over – let’s get into the good stuff…

    F1® 2021

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    Hello, and welcome to the first Racing Line of F1® 2021’s release! If you’ve been stuck under a rock these past few days, the digital Deluxe Edition is OUT NOW on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, & PC via Steam. You can get your F1® story started right now by downloading onto your platform of choice. The Standard Edition launches tomorrow (Friday 16th July), so whatever edition you’ve chosen, we hope you enjoy getting out there on the track!

    Launch Trailer
    To whet your appetite for F1® 2021’s release this week, we showed off the launch trailer, which you can check out here! Look out more incredible new gameplay, and more glimpses of the new Braking Point story mode, which has already got players talking this week, as conflict ensues in the paddock…

    Silverstone Race-Off
    On Tuesday night, 19 famous faces across the world of sport, gaming, and streaming battled at Silverstone, with two separate races around the iconic British circuit, with the top five from each race then going wheel-to-wheel for the ultimate victory! Featuring stars such as Nicholas Hamilton, Jelly, Mason Holgate, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Catie Munnings and Bateson87, you can catch everything that happened here.

    Driver Ratings
    Last week, we revealed the full driver ratings for F1® 2021. Take a look at what the driver ratings are, how they’re calculated, and how your favourite driver stacks up in our deep dive here. Remember: driver ratings will be adjusted multiple times as the season rolls on, to reflect the form and performance of each driver.

    Have you picked up F1® 2021 already? Let us know how you’re finding it on our social channels – we’d love to hear from you!

    See you out on track,

    – Jenny

    DIRT 5

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    Phew! What a relief this week has been – as we can finally reveal everything the DIRT 5 team has been working on in recent weeks…

    Yesterday we unveiled the biggest ever update for DIRT 5, since its launch last November, which will be rolling out on July 20. Our summer of thrills kicks into a higher gear with the Super Size Content Pack, Parts Unknown Playgrounds Update, and Update 5.00!

    The Super Size pack delivers more content at no additional cost for Amplified and Year One Edition players, and Standard Edition players can also grab the pack from online stores next week. We’ve squeezed in four huge cars – the Bentley Continental GT Ice Race Car, Rezvani Tank, Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Baja Concept, and Armada Rock Racer – alongside a new Career chapter with 27 events, more Sponsors and fresh customisation items. Told you it was huge!

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    Everything else dropping next week is completely free to all players, including the Parts Unknown Playgrounds Pack, featuring new space-themed items to create out-of-this-world arena with. Also, look out for more Achievements/Trophies, more iconic liveries, new ways to get more out of Playgrounds (more on that here) and an update on PS5 to further enhance the game’s haptic feedback use. Oh, and we almost forgot… how about two brand new tracks to enjoy? Head to Brazil to tear up a pair of ocean-side Land Rush tracks.

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    We have so much more to show you before July 20, including 4K gameplay of the new cars and tracks. Follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Roll on next Tuesday!

    – Chris


    CODEMASTERS JUNIOR WRC TEAM

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    Hello everyone, PJ back again (remember me?) for a quick rally update.

    As I write this, Jon Armstrong and Phil Hall are in Estonia making final preparations for the third round of the 2021 FIA Junior WRC season. We took the win in Croatia and despite some rapid pace had a DNF in Portugal, so we’re looking to score some big points on the Estonian gravel.

    Here’s some words from Jon ahead of the rally:

    “I’m really looking forward to the third round of Junior WRC. It has been a strong start to the season for the team, Phil, and I. It has probably been stronger than we had expected. But Estonia is probably going to be the biggest challenge for us and a lot of the drivers were there last year and will have done the stages. Our plan is to just go there, do the best job possible, and see where we end up at the end of the rally. To be honest that has been our motto this season.

    “It helped going to Rally Poland last month to drive a Rally3 car on the fast roads there. It was important to get back on the fast, wide roads that you have in places like Poland and Estonia”

    I’ll be getting updates from our ‘man on the ground’ throughout the weekend, and sharing them with you all in the usual places (follow DiRT wherever you get your news). A good result here should put the team back in championship contention, so here’s hoping.

    I’ll be back in two weeks to let you know how they got on. In the meantime, there’s some Devon Butler dude who’s been running his mouth in the F1 paddock recently, so it’s time to put him in his place…

    – PJ

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

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    This year, Racing Ahead and EA’s GameChangers program have teamed up to form the ultimate content creator, well, team. Since videos and streams have been going up this week, creators around the world have shared well over 200 videos, generating over 3 million views in the first 24 hours. On YouTube, Aarava, Tiametmarduk, ROBBIE, Galax, DJ Mariio and DaveGaming have all enjoyed spells in Gaming trending tabs across Europe.

    Over on Twitch, over 42,000 of you tuned in simultaneously on Tuesday evening to watch the F1® 2021 Celebrity Race Off: Silverstone on the official Formula 1 Twitch account, as well as other streamers playing the game. During that time, Racing Ahead creator THOMB managed to run a 24-hour livestream all by himself, raising a bunch of money for mental health charity – Mind – an incredible effort from him.

    Who have you been watching on YouTube and Twitch so far?

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  8. We’ve hurriedly cleared some space on the desk, pushing a stack of fresh news and announcements aside, to put together another huge Racing Line update together. Some toy cars also fell off the desk and we spilled a drink, but it’s fine. This is important.

    Why is this regular catch-up on all the latest Codemasters news and details so big? Well, we have a host of new F1® 2021 details, and news on amazing community-created additions to DIRT 5. Oh, and one of our team went and won an actual Junior European Rally Championship race, so we’ll probably talk about that!

    Anyway, our starter for 10 this time around is a double drop of news of our next official F1® title…

    F1® 2021

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    Hello! The countdown is truly on – F1® 2021 is very nearly here! We’ve got a lot of news to recap, so strap yourself in and get ready to go…

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    Braking Point

    Earlier this week, we unveiled the cast of Braking Point – the new story-driven mode coming to F1® 2021. From the star-in-the-making Aiden Jackson, making waves in his debut season, to the ice-cold and determined Casper ‘Cas’ Akkerman in the twilight of his career, to the villain we all love to hate, Devon Butler, the key figures in Braking Point will all play their part in an immersive racing story, played out in the world of Formula 1®.

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    You can head here for all the details, and you can even follow all the cast on Twitter here, to see what they have to say for themselves.

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    Driver Ratings

    Experience, Racecraft, Awareness, Pace, and an Overall rating: the five attributes that make up the driver ratings in F1® 2021, helping you decide who’s going to be the best teammate for you in the My Team driver market. Ratings like these will always generate some debate – and not just from our players…

    We recently challenged Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi, Pierre Gasly, Yuki Tsunoda, George Russell, and Nicholas Latifi to guess their teammates’ attributes in F1® 2021 – and without spoiling anything, it got a little out of hand. You have to watch it!

    We’ll be revealing the full and final driver ratings for launch very soon, so make sure you keep an eye out. It’s not long now until F1® 2021 is in your hands. What are you most looking forward to trying out from July 16 – or July 13 if you’ve pre-ordered the digital Deluxe Edition? Let us know!

    – Jenny

    DIRT 5

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    This past fortnight’s fun and games with DIRT 5 have been all about the community, and rewarding our players for their creativity and commitment to the game. We were not happy with just shouting about your amazing work across the DIRT social channels (even though do quite enjoy doing plenty of that), so we’ve gone one step further…

    In DIRT 5’s next major update, our Online loading screens will be blessed with a selection of incredible photo mode shots, taken by members of our community. In recent weeks we asked for your best images to submit as part of this event, and after some tough judging of over 100 stunning shots, the final 12 have been revealed – and you can check them out here. Congratulations to the winners!

    Aside from that, we’ve been keeping players updated on what’s shaping up to be a summer of thrills for DIRT 5. Over on our Discord, we shared some more details on what will feature in our next update – jump into the server and head to #dirt5-update-notes to see for yourself. We’ll leave you with something that’s made the entire team here smile this week: check out this fantastic DIRT 5 fan art, from ‘Rocka_Sheep!’

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    – Chris

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

    • In the last Racing Line we shared news of Jon Armstrong (Codemasters DiRT Rally Team driver and game designer) making a one-off appearance in the European Rally Championship, where M-Sport Poland offered him a drive in their all-new Ford Fiesta Rally3 car. Well, he’s only gone and won in his class!

      In doing so history was made, as this was the first event where the Ford Fiesta Rally3 was used. This was a great display of the potential of the Rally3 platform, which is set to be the new entry-point to all-wheel-drive rallying. For the full scoop, check out Jon’s vlog here on his YouTube channel.

      In a few weeks’ time him and co-driver Phil Hall will be on the road again, as the Junior WRC returns with Rally Estonia. We’ll be back in the next Racing Line to talk more as they continue their championship charge.
    • Don’t miss out on the Steam Summer Sale, running now until July 8th! There’s plenty of Codemasters games up for grabs with some incredible discounts, including DIRT 5 and F1® 2020. You can find a list of all the games we have for sale by visiting the Codemasters Franchise Page.

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  9. A certain Electronic Entertainment Expo taking place this past weekend has certainly made it feel like 2021’s gaming summer is well and truly underway. Whilst keeping a cursory eye on the big shows, trailers, and reveals, the team here at Codemasters have been working diligently to make sure this summer (and beyond) has its fix of racing games excellence. The Racing Line, of course, is here to keep you abreast of what we’re up to.

    This time around, we’re putting a big focus on the small matter of F1® 2021’s upcoming launch! We also have DIRT 5 and Codemasters DiRT Rally Team news to update you on, but first off, let’s dig into the latest F1® 2021 trailer, and so much more…

    F1®

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    F1® 2021

    IT’S NEARLY HERE! F1® 2021 is less than a month away, and we could not be more excited for its arrival. Yesterday, we released the Features Trailer, giving you a brief glimpse into Braking Point, our brand-new story mode. You can see the trailer in all its glory (and featuring Royal Blood’s awesome ‘Typhoons’) right here.

    To whet your appetite for F1® 2021’s imminent arrival, here’s a rundown of what you can get your hands on come July 16th (or July 13, if you’ve pre-ordered the digital Deluxe Edition):

    Every story has a beginning
    Start with one of five teams and rise from the ranks of F2™ to the heights of F1®. Immerse yourself in a combination of on and off-track moments through three seasons, with a mix of racing action and dramatic cutscenes, alongside a new cast, as well as the familiar face of Devon Butler.

    Two-Player Career
    We’ve added a brand-new way to play with our two-player Career mode: whether you want to work together and play cooperatively or compete against each other, with contract offers and team switches available, the choice is yours!

    Real-Season Start
    F1® 2021’s ‘Real-Season Start’ feature lets you jump into this season’s action, reflecting the live standings, and take over and drive the remaining races.

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    New Season Driver Stats
    F1® 2020 introduced driver stats and a driver market to the franchise. With these, you could compare F1® and F2™ drivers based on Experience, Racecraft, Awareness, Pace and Overall Rating. This year, we’re expanding both the stats, with a new Focus attribute, and expanding the market by adding seven iconic drivers included in the digital Deluxe Edition.

    More Accessible Racing
    Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or new to the Formula 1® game, we’ve got more options than ever with F1® 2021’s Casual, Standard or Expert game modes. If you’ve never played an F1® game before, Casual mode could be perfect for you. For those who have won a number of virtual world championships in your time, ‘Expert’ will be an excellent place to start your F1® 2021 journey, with a highly customisable experience.

    Want to know more? Get your fill right here with our blog post. We’ll be revealing more of the good stuff as F1 2021’s launch gets ever closer, so make sure you keep an eye on all of our channels!

    F1® 2020

    Podium Pass Series Six
    Podium Pass Series Six is now live, with 30 brand-new levels of free and VIP challenges, and stunning customisation items for you to check out. Take a look at some of the items you can be showing off on track here.

    Patch 1.19
    Earlier this week, we released patch 1.19 for PS4 only. You can read more about this patch here. As always, if you just want to say hello, want to ask us a question, or something isn’t quite right, let us know in our Forums.

    See you next time,

    – Jenny

    DIRT 5

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    Over here in the world of DIRT 5, we’re gearing up for a summer of thrills…

    January of this year may already seem like an age ago, but it was back then that we made a commitment delivering a wide variety of additional content to our off-road racer, including both free content and exclusives for Amplified/Year One Edition players. Whilst plenty of that has dropped in the first half of the year, there’s plenty more on the way.

    Additional cars, more tracks, community-requested additions, and so much more are on the way in the coming weeks and months, with our biggest updates still to come. Over on Reddit, our latest community update provides a little more info on what’s to come – as soon as we have confirmation on dates and content, our usual social channels will have all the info, images, and videos you’ll need.

    In the meantime, there are plenty of community challenges to get involved in, such as our DIRT 5 photo mode contests on Mondays and Time Trial challenges on Wednesdays. Our shortlist of player-taken photos, to be added to DIRT 5 in a future update as loading screens, are also live, with a final selection to be announced soon. Good luck to our virtual photographers!

    – Chris


    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

    DiRT Rally 2.0 and GRID: Available on Amazon Luna
    Are you a rally fan based in the United States? Amazon is currently rolling out Luna, their new streaming service, and DiRT Rally 2.0 is one of the games you can play! If tarmac is more your thing then you’ll find GRID there too, head to https://www.amazon.com/luna/landing-page to learn more.

    Jon Armstrong vs ERC Rally Poland

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    This weekend Codemasters’ Jon Armstrong will be taking part in Rally Poland. No, not in the Codemasters DiRT Rally Team car, but an all-new Ford Fiesta Rally3! Following his successes in Junior WRC this season, the crew at M-Sport Poland offered him a driver in their latest rally car, a slightly more beefed-up version of what he’s been driving so far.

    For all the latest updates, check out the FIA ERC’s Twitter page throughout the rally weekend. Best of luck, Jon!

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  10. Special delivery! The Codies Racing Line is here every fortnight for a first-class service of news and information on Codemasters titles – and the virtual mailbox is full to the brim once again. No spam mail or flyers for dodgy-looking local take-outs here – only the good stuff.

    Without further ado, let’s dive straight into the headlines, kicking off with a heap of F1® game goodies…

    F1®

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    From esports, to new content, to the first F1® 2021 previews, it’s been a huge week for the F1® series! Let’s take a look.

    F1® 2021 First Previews and Hands-On Reaction
    It’s been an exciting few weeks giving you all some early details on F1® 2021 ahead of its launch on July 16, and now the time has come to take a closer look. After a special behind-closed-doors presentation, a number of publications and content creators have been getting to grips for F1® 2021 for the first time, via an early version of the game. Earlier this week, previews and first looks began to roll out – and it’s fair to say the reaction has been overwhelming!

    Keen to see gameplay? Take a look at these first impression videos from Aarava, Tiametmarduk, SLAPTrain, and AR12Gaming. The likes of Autosport, PushSquare, Dexerto, and Motorsport.com are here with detailed articles on everything from Braking Point, to new Career options, and everything in between. It’s great to see the reaction to this first hands-on time with F1® 2021 from both media and our terrific Racing Ahead creators, and we still have plenty more to show you as we build towards launch on July 16, or July 13 if you pre-order the digital Deluxe Edition.

    First F1® 2021 Screenshots

    Carrying on nicely from those previews, today we’ve also been showing off the very first in-game screenshots from F1® 2021 – and don’t they look good! Above and below are a couple of our brand new snaps, and you can take a look at more over here.

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    2021 F1 Esports Series Pro Exhibition

    An exciting new step for the F1 Esports Series took place last week, as the Pro Exhibition aired live from London’s Gfinity Arena. 29 up-and-coming sim racing stars, including the fastest drivers from our Challengers series, our Women’s Wildcard winner Rebecca Morell, and more were put through their paces with four different challenges in F1® 2020.

    The results from those challenges generate a driver ranking for each participant, which teams will use to inform their selections for Pro Championship. Full details on the new format are here, and the Pro Exhibition event can be watched in full here.

    – Chris

    DIRT 5

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    Thought we would power down a little in the land of DIRT 5 after the Red Bull Revolution Update? No chance! Here’s what we’ve been up to during a busy fortnight:

    No, your eyes do not deceive you. That is indeed a giant Xbox-shaped fridge in the middle of a DIRT 5 Playground – courtesy of the Power Your Memes content pack, which arrived last week. This is a bonus drop for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, featuring exclusive liveries for multiple cars and, of course, the legendary Xbox Series X fridge, now immortalised in our world of Playgrounds. Owners of this pack can use the fridge as part of their custom arena creations, whilst any Xbox DIRT 5 player can race on Playgrounds that feature the fridge. On console, desktop or the app, head to Xbox Game Pass and then to the ‘Perks’ gallery to find the pack.

    And now, for something completely different. We recently snuck over to the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London with the Celebrity Esports crew, as the first episode of their series used DIRT 5 as the battleground for the likes of Jimmy Carr, Chelcee Grimes, Joel Dommett, and more to try their luck behind the wheel. Trash talk and crashes galore ensued, as famous faces squared off to take the win for their team. Check out the full episode here and see who came out on top.

    The Celebrity Esports crew raced with controllers, but for wheel users, we’re still hard at work further improving your DIRT 5 experience. This week, a new patch added Fanatec device support for the game on PS4 and PS5. Check out the patch notes for full details, then head to Fanatec’s channels for a giveaway to celebrate this update.

    – Chris

    Codemasters DiRT Rally Team

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    Hello everyone, PJ back again with another rally update.

    Codemasters DiRT Rally Team – A Punishing Portuguese Rally

    Round 2 of the 2021 FIA Junior WRC season got underway a few weeks ago, with our team leading the standings after that win in Croatia.

    As always, Jon Armstrong and Phil Hall put in a ton of work before the event and were hopeful of another good result on the first gravel rally of the year, maybe even another podium. The weekend started off well, with the DiRT rally car flying out of the gates, securing an early lead and multiple stage wins on Friday.

    Portugal’s rough gravel was absolutely brutal, however, and after 40+ WRC competitors had gone through there earlier, Jon and Phil were navigating some really rough terrain. That resulted in a near-unavoidable puncture which cost the team four minutes, limiting the damage as multiple teams struggled with the surface.

    Another stage win rounded off Friday’s running, before Jon and Phil set off on Saturday’s Stages. A similar story played out on the roads, with our car being quick and the roads being deadly. Another stage win gave the team valuable points, but a second puncture ruled us out of victory.

    That would be the least of our problems, though, as the car slowed to a halt midway through the day’s longest stage. What was a suspected turbo failure (which would have meant a quick repair job at Service) turned out to be a terminal engine issue, bringing an end to our Portugal Rally.

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    There’s a number of positives to be taken away from the weekend, however; Jon and Phil were quick, well-prepped, and the DiRT Rally car looked amazing out on the roads (seriously, look at these photos!). Were it not for the retirement, a podium was still on the cards as everybody had major issues, and the points from the stage wins keeps the team in contention at the top of the championship.

    For a full breakdown of Rally de Portugal and some behind-the-scenes insight, check out Jon’s recap vlog here. Also, TommyT999’s new series Gaming IRL is also underway, go give it a watch if you want to see him become a rally driver!

    Our next event will be Rally Estonia in July, so you can expect things to be quiet from me for a while, but rest assured we’ll be going flat-out once again when the time comes!

    – PJ

    Project CARS 3

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    Did you miss the Project CARS 3 Season Pass? If so, you missed some of the most astonishing cars that have ever been created in the Project CARS franchise.

    Like what, you ask? Well, how about the Hennessey Venom F5 that came with the Style Pack. Simulated in Project CARS months before its real-world debut, the F5 comes with a bespoke twin-turbo 6.6L all-American V8 pushing out an astounding 1,817hp. No, that’s not a misprint, and yes, that’s seriously impressive – but not as impressive as the projected top speed of 500kmh!

    If you’re after a different type of performance (and not quite as extreme), it’s time to meet the Nissan Z Proto that came with the Power Pack. This is a one-off test mule for Nissan’s soon-to-be unveiled next Nissan Z-series production car. Hype is so high on that car that the Project CARS 3 version was covered by multiple real-world motoring magazines keen to glean any clues about what the world can expect from the next “Z”. Nissan worked closely with us to get this prototype in-game, and you can read all about that process here.

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    And while we’re on the subject of Japanese icons, the Legends Pack came with three icons of Japanese design, including the 1994 Toyota Supra MkIV Turbo – the car that made the Supra a true legend of the road and track.

    We ended the Season Pass content with the Electric Pack that contained four of the world’s fastest and most important electric vehicles. It’s tough to find just one from that essential group that symbolise all that is great about EVs, but the Audi AI:RACE is impossible to ignore.

    This really is a look into the future, and the ultimate in track-day toys: a one-off concept car that Audi calls its vision for the sportscar of tomorrow. Hiding under that mix of aluminium, carbon, and multi-material composite body of this “wing car” is the all-winning Le Mans Audi R18 e-tron quattro suspension, along with three electric engines. With boost, it’s good for 765hp, and 0-100kmh in around two seconds. You can read all about how we worked with Audi to get this one in-game here.

    It’s not too late to own some of the world’s most exclusive cars with the Project CARS 3 Season Pass content either. Pick up the Season Pass for instant access to all these cars and more, or purchase the packs separately.

    Happy racing!

    – Joe

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

    It’s Pride month, and with it comes a celebration of all things LGBTQ+. We’re proud to echo EA’s sentiments that were shared earlier this week on building a positive culture for employees and players alike in and outside of our games. You can read more about that here.

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  11. A a new trailer. A cover art reveal A huge game update. A preview of our real-world rally team beginning another round of action. A money-can’t-buy giveaway. Fantastic stories from our community on the power of games for Mental Health Awareness week.

    To take inspiration from those legendary scribes, Smash Mouth, the news keeps coming, and they don’t stop coming.
    The Codies Racing Line is your fortnightly update on all the big news and info around Codemasters games – and evidently, it’s needed this week more than ever.

    Let’s kick off with a look at the iconic additions just revealed for F1® 2021, launching in July…

    F1®

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    Hey! We’ve got a few things to talk about in this week’s F1® section of the Racing Line, so let’s get straight into it.

    F1® 2021

    Do you remember when we announced F1® 2021 last month, we said the digital-only Deluxe Edition featured seven soon-to-be-revealed iconic drivers? Well, earlier this week, we unveiled exactly who those drivers are, and you can find out for yourself with the trailer!

    That’s right – Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, David Coulthard, and Felipe Massa are all available for Deluxe Edition players to select in F1® 2021’s My Team mode.

    These carefully chosen icons have been added to the driver market. If you can meet their expectations and salary requirements, they are available to join you, and you’ll be able to create one epic team. You can discover more about the iconic drivers of the digital Deluxe Edition here. Which iconic driver do you want as your teammate? We’d love to hear from you!

    We’ve also unveiled this year’s cover art, and we’ll be taking a closer look very soon, so keep an eye out for that.

    F1® 2020 & F1® Esports

    If you’ve been checking out all the F1® Esports action recently and wanting to see how you measure up, the Pro Exhibition event is open in the F1® Esports menu of F1® 2020 right now.

    This event is for our Pro Exhibition participants to use, but it’s open for all to try out with no pressure, so see how you get on. You never know, you might just be up there with the best, and you might want to enter in the future!

    The Pro Exhibition, where our pool of drivers will be hoping they’ve got what it takes to get selected by an F1® team, takes place on the 27th May, and you won’t want to miss it.

    See you next time,

    • Jenny

    DIRT 5

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    Time to join the revolution!

    In case you missed it, we dropped a huge free DIRT 5 update last week in the Red Bull Revolution Update, available to all players on Xbox, PlayStation and PC. Along with big new features including cross-platform matchmaking and ghost lap times, we’ve added a huge amount of official Red Bull liveries from the world of Rally Cross, Dakar and beyond, as well as the official Red Bull arch being available in Playgrounds.

    We’re incredibly excited to have added two key community-requested features to DIRT 5 in cross-platform matchmaking and ghosts, and it’s been awesome seeing players make full use of them since last Monday. It’s also been a blast to work with Red Bull on this major update; make sure to check out DIRT 5 livestream VODs from rally cross star Kevin Hansen, and F1 Esports talent Marcel Kiefer, as they took the new update for a spin.

    There’s still time to throw your hat into the ring for our huge giveaway, in partnership with Red Bull! We’ve teamed up with the folks at Red Bull Racing Esports to offer up an official Red Bull Racing Esports cap, only revealed last week, along with a crate of Red Bull, to go with a digital copy of DIRT 5 Year One Edition, and exclusive DIRT 5 hoodie and facemask! Full details and T&Cs on this money-can’t-buy drop are here – once you’ve checked that out, head to our giveaway page for entry details.

    • Chris


    CODEMASTERS DIRT RALLY TEAM

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    Hello everyone – PJ back again with another rally update.

    Junior WRC – Rally de Portugal

    After a momentous victory at Croatia Rally a few weeks ago, the Codemasters DiRT Rally Team heads off to Portugal this weekend for the first gravel event of the Junior WRC season.

    It’s been a while since Jon and Phil tackled the loose surfaces, so in true DiRT fashion, they’ve been doing plenty of research. Last week the crew headed to Wales for an all-day training session, along with a few guests who got a hands-on experience in various rally cars.

    Some of our DiRT Rally development team were in attendance too; they’re always up for comparing the game’s experience to reality! If you want to see some top-notch onboard action from the test session, check out this helmet cam footage Jon uploaded a few days ago. Also, keep an eye out on TommyT999’s channel in the coming weeks, as he got the full DiRT Rally Team experience on camera.

    As for the main event, Jon and Phil are in Portugal right now, and over the weekend you can keep an eye on the usual places where we’ll be sharing updates on their journey. Here’s hoping for another strong result!

    Catch you all soon,

    • PJ


    F1® MOBILE RACING

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    Just a quick reminder from the F1® Mobile Racing team that you don’t have to wait for the Monaco Grand Prix to get underway to get in on the live action! Right now in our free-to-play official F1® racer, we have three GP Events to participate in, against the world, with big rewards on the line.

    Along with the Elite Championship and European Tour still open to entries, we now have the Millennium Shootout – one of our biggest events to date, with nine different circuits to take on! Featuring official F1® tracks designed since 2000, it’s a test of endurance and consistency, with the best drivers at the top of the global leaderboards winning major in-game prizes. Good luck!

    • Chris

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

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    Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and we partnered with Public Health England to help spread some great messages. In the last few months, more than ever, taking a moment to reflect on maintaining or improving mental wellbeing has been extremely important. As studies have shown that gaming can make a positive impact, we wanted to amplify some of the stories our Racing Ahead content creators shared on how Codemasters games have helped them through this difficult period.

    You can read about their stories over on the Codemasters News site, which also includes Public Health England’s Mind Plan tool, that can help provide information guidance on mental health in key areas.

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  12. Welcome to another Codies Racing Line, and the first of May 2021!

    To be honest with you, this week’s edition of the Racing Line is a pretty normal affair – and of course, normality in these parts means an absolute lorry-load of news, reveals and details to bring you on Codemasters titles. New updates, content reveals, and much more (including a real-life motorsport victory) await…

    F1®

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    Hello all, and welcome to this week’s Racing Line!

    F1® 2021

    In case you missed it (in which case, we’re not sure what rock you’ve been living under, but hello ;) ), we announced F1® 2021 a few weeks ago. If you haven’t caught up on Braking Point (our new story experience), two-player career, Real-Season Start and more you can get all the details here, and check out our announcement trailer.

    We’ll be revealing more very soon, so keep an eye out on all our channels for more!

    F1® 2020

    F1® Esports Challengers

    Last week, the final F1® Esports Challengers events took place on PS4, Xbox and PC, and what better circuits to bow out on than Austin’s Circuit of the Americas and Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. Find out who got into the crucial top six and earned a place in the Pro Exhibition across all three platforms in our handy playlist.

    F1® Esports Women’s Wildcard

    The Women’s Wildcard is a new route to the Pro Exhibition. Along with our Challengers winners, DHL Time Trial specialists, 2020 China Championship trailblazers and a selection of Pro Series drivers from 2020, one talented female racer will make it to the show, which takes place at the end of May. Interested? Here’s a quick run-through of what you need to do…

    Firstly, you’ll need to sign up to f1esports.com. Load up F1® 2020 and head to Time Trial. Select Modern F1 Cars from the options and choose whichever car you like – car performance will need to be set to equal, so your choice of team won’t be a factor. Select Silverstone Circuit, turn off assists, set weather to dry and time of day to official, and you’re all set! If you’re interested you can find out all the details you need right here, but make sure you hurry as you have until May 9th to get your times in.

    • Jenny

    CODEMASTERS DIRT RALLY TEAM

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    We won a rally!

    After what seems like an eternity of waiting, planning and preparation, the time finally came in late-April when the Codemasters DiRT Rally team would make its hotly-anticipated debut in the FIA Junior WRC at Croatia Rally.

    Going into the rally, our driver (and fellow Codies colleague) Jon Armstrong and his co-driver Phil Hall were feeling confident of putting in a good performance, while all of us here on the Codies side could do was simply cross our fingers and watch.

    Jon and Phil, in the striking black and yellow DiRT Rally livery (which we’ve nicknamed the “rocket bee”), were going up against some of the most promising young drivers the WRC has seen in years. Pretty much everybody in the field was capable of stage wins, so it was going to be a tough week of action for our crew out in Croatia.

    After putting in tons of work on the recce and having a rather epic slide in the shakedown, it was time for the main event. We started slowly, building confidence and exploring the limits of the car, but as the first of three days of rallying progressed, Jon and Phil climbed up the order and started challenging for stages.

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    Then came the big day on Saturday, with two massive 25km stages as the highlight. It was here that Jon saw the opportunity to strike, pushing ultra-hard where others were hesitant and snatching the lead mid-afternoon. On Sunday with a relatively comfortable lead, the goal was to bring the car home without any major issues – and the guys did a fantastic job, holding the lead and securing the win!

    We’ve got a whole bunch of pictures here, and if you want to see the car in action check out Junior WRC’s highlight clip here. Once Jon and Phil got back from Croatia I sat down to have a chat with them about the whole experience, as we take you behind-the-scenes and compare real-life rallying to what you all do at home in the game.

    Next up, Jon and Phil are having another test session next week, followed by a trip to Portugal for the first gravel rally of the season. It’s a location they’ve driven at before, so hopefully they can bring home another set of trophies!

    That’s all from me for now, I’ll be back soon to give you another update on how the team’s getting on.

    • PJ

    DIRT 5

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    Dragging myself away from staring at more of your photo mode shots to share the latest DIRT 5 update with you all!

    It’s been a busy time internally for our awesome team, as we continue prepping towards the next steps of DIRT 5’s content this year. Our latest community update sheds a little more light on what we’ve been working on behind the scenes in recent weeks, including expected upcoming fixes and a key change to leaderboards. Get the scoop here.

    We’ve been increasing our regular activities and challenges with the DIRT 5 community, too. Along with our weekly photo mode contests and Playgrounds of the Week, we’re now running Time Trial challenges. Keep an eye on our channels (Twitter, Instagram) for new race scenarios for you to recreate in Time Trial mode, then see if you can beat our time – and everyone else’s. Even though these events are just for fun, they’re already getting pretty competitive, so better bring your A game, kid.

    Thank you for all your support during April. Next time you see us here, we should have plenty more to talk about. Right, back to staring at those shots!

    • Chris

    PROJECT CARS 3

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    Welcome back, racers! This is where I’d normally fill you in on what’s been happening in the world of Project CARS, but I don’t think anything’s happened, really, since last we spoke…

    Oh wait, there was that small piece of news about a new update, a free new circuit, and a DLC that dropped this week, wasn’t there?

    Electric Pack
    The fourth content pack for Project CARS 3, the Electric Pack, was released earlier this week, as well as Update 5 featuring Circuit Zandvoort, free for all Project CARS 3 drivers. Read the update notes right here. The Electric Pack came with four of the world’s fastest EVs, which are electrifying (sorry!) the community with their instant torque and staggering performance. Here they are:

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    2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S (above)
    “Soul, electrified” is Porsche’s tagline for their first electric sportscar, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S that takes everything you know and love about Porsche and brings it all to the EV space. Precision-handling—as fast around the ’Ring as a Porsche Cayman GT4—allied to 750hp and 0-100kmh in 2.5s with a brain-warping 1.3Gs under full acceleration. Throw in the world’s first “multispeed” transmission in an EV car and what you get is the future, today.

    2020 Volkswagen ID.R (above)
    Developed as an uncompromising and lightweight prototype with enormous downforce, the Volkswagen ID.R represents the first ever fully electric race car of the Volkswagen brand. Average Gs for its record run at the Nurburgring was 3.5, while power comes from two electric engines pushing 680hp, in a car that weighs just over a tonne.

    2020 Audi AI:RACE
    Innovation in the Audi AI:RACE starts with the cockpit, where the driver’s seat can be positioned in the centre to make it into a traditional “monoposto”. The battery is also positioned to give the Audi AI:RACE a mid-engine feel, while aluminium, carbon and multi-material composites bring the weight down. You can read more about how we built the one-off Audi RACE:AI over on the Xbox Wire.

    2019 NIO EP9
    The NIO EP9 holds world records for production cars on many tracks around the world, including a 6:45.90 lap around the Nurburgring. That’s what comes from 335hp on each wheel, 4WD, advanced torque vectoring, and a full carbon fibre chassis. This EV monster will get to 100kmh in 2.7 seconds and 300kmh in 15 seconds, all the way to a top-end speed of 350kmh.

    New Free Track & Formula E Liveries

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    Update 5 also brought the complete livery set for the current season of Formula E. What better place to test drive all these brand-new machines than the latest circuit addition to Project CARS 3 – Zandvoort? The popular Dutch track is free and available to all players!

    Rivals Challenge

    We’re only in the first week of May, but the Rivals Challenge leaderboards are already heating up. This week’s event puts you in a Panoz Esperante GTR-1 and dares you to thread its long nose through the streets of Azure Circuit. It’s a narrow, bumpy, and loud challenge that will give you the ultimate bragging rights among your friends.

    Keep racing!

    • Fernando

    F1® MOBILE RACING

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    How good does it feel to have the new F1® season back and in full swing? So good! What makes it even better, of course, is to have F1® Mobile Racing right there with it, with live and competitive action ready for you, whenever and wherever, on iOS and Android. Right now, a new GP Event is live for you to take part in – the European Tour, taking in some of the F1® calendar’s best circuits in Europe for a test of skill and concentration.

    Whilst the in-game Events and live Duels action rolls on, we’ve certainly heard your questions and thoughts on what’s coming next for F1® Mobile Racing. Our team are fiercely working away on that next chapter, using your feedback and requests, and we’re getting closer to revealing more. Make sure you’re following our social channels, and check back to the Racing Line, for when we’re able to tell all!

    • Chris

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

    • The Photo Mode Magazine is a digital publication dedicated to spotlighting the very best videogame photography innovations and talents from across the globe – so as you would expect, we’re pretty big fans of it! For the TPM’s next issue, we’re teaming up to give virtual photographers the chance to win a Codemasters game code, and feature on our channels. Head here for full details, and good luck!
    • Fancy joining the team? Codemasters’ Careers page is chock full of vacancies that we’re taking applications for across our development, publishing, and other departments. Covering across our console projects, mobile, Slightly Mad Studios, and more, there are so many opportunities right now to be a part of the Codies crew.

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  13. It’s been another busy time here at Codemasters HQ but thankfully the Racing Line is back with another timely entry, wrapping up all the goings on over the last two weeks.

    Without further ado, let’s get into the biggest story of the lot…

    F1® 2021

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    How far will you go before you reach your ‘Braking Point’? The next generation of F1® gaming is on its way, as last week we announced F1® 2021 to the world, racing onto your PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, or PC via Steam on July 16. You can check out the trailer here:

    So, what’s to be expected in F1® 2021? Things you know and love from F1® 2020 such as My Team, two-player split-screen, shorter seasons, accessible options, and F2™ aren’t going anywhere. We’re also expanding and refining many other features including scalable assist options, driver stats, and multiplayer, all of which we’ll be revealing more about very soon. As for the new features, if you missed our announcement (where were you?!) – here’s a mini rundown of what we’ve revealed so far:

    Braking Point
    Introducing ‘Braking Point’ – our brand-new story-mode. You’ll be able to rise from the ranks of F2™ and take a shot at stardom in F1®. We’re going to be giving you an experience of the lifestyle both on and off the track as you take your seat in the pinnacle of motorsport – you’re going to love it.

    Oh, and yes, did we say that F1® 2019’s Devon Butler is back too? 😉

    Two-Player Career
    This is something we know you’ve been asking us for a while – an online two-player career. You’ll be able to play with a friend co-operatively, or competitively, with complete control over your own assists, so you’ll be able to enjoy the game whether you’re a veteran or totally new to the series.

    Real-Season Start
    If you’ve ever wanted to pick up an F1® season from a particular point, Real-Season Start is for you. Whether you want the opportunity to rewrite the season, or dive in and race alongside the real one, you’ll take the place of a driver of your choosing and drive the remaining races.

    Want more information about F1® 2021? Get all the details in our blog post right here.

    We can’t wait to share more in the coming weeks! Stay tuned…

    – Jenny

     

    DIRT 5

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    It feels like every time we open up social media we’re greeted with a new selection of incredible snaps taken in DIRT 5’s Photo Mode. If you didn’t know, we’ve been proudly displaying some of our favourites in our Twitter banner but now we’ve taken it one step further by promoting them in-game! Before you find an online match, you’ll be greeted with a handful of incredible photos from the community – like this one from Nick Baker.

    It’s not only Photo Mode that you’ve been wowing us with – Playground Arenas like this one make it as our featured Playground of the Week. Whether you’re on PlayStation, Xbox, PC or Stadia, the Playground of the Week is playable across all platforms and can be found in the ‘Discover’ section.

    Want to get your Photo Mode snaps in-game or your arena creation as the featured Playground of the Week? Make sure you tag the official DIRT social channels wherever your posting and your works of art and they might be next to make an appearance.

    Don’t forget, you can jump into our official Discord server if you want some more DIRT 5 goodness.

    – James

     

    Codemasters DiRT Rally Team

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    Hey everyone, PJ here with a special rally update.

    Junior WRC: Croatia Rally
    After announcing our team last month the time has finally arrived, DiRT Rally are competing in the real-world this weekend!

    As I write this, Jon Armstrong and Phil Hall are making their final preparations ahead of Croatia Rally, the opening round of the FIA Junior World Rally Championship.
    A successful tarmac test took place over the Easter break and they’re now in Croatia to take on the world.

    A rally week is typically very busy, as the Junior WRC drivers had a training day on Monday, recce on Tuesday and the Shakedown takes place on Thursday.
    After that they’ll be sharing the same roads as modern-day legends Sebastian Ogier, Ott Tänak, Thierry Neuville and Elfyn Evans.

    The Junior WRC drivers are competing in identical Ford Fiesta Rally4 cars; the closest equivalent in DiRT Rally 2.0 would be the Ford Fiesta R2 which was the previous generation model. These machines have been prepared by the fine people at M-Sport Poland and the DiRT Rally car really stands out with its black and yellow colour scheme.

    Jon and Phil will be busy on the road of course, but throughout the week keep an eye on their Instagram profiles ([Jon] & [Phil]) as they’ll be sharing reaction, insight and behind-the-scenes goodness straight from the paddock. We’ll also be sharing the best bits on @dirtgame too so follow us in all the usual places to see how the team gets on.

    If you want to show your support for the team, Jon and Phil have put together a whole bunch of Codemasters DiRT Rally Team merchandise too! Caps, mugs, stickers and the fashion accessory that just oozes rally-chic (the bobble hat) are all there so if you want to wear some DiRT, that’s the place to go.

    I’ll be back in the next Racing Line to let you all know how they got on, but for now all we can do is wish them the best of luck!

    -PJ

     

    PROJECT CARS 3

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    Welcome racers! Time to dive into the world of Project CARS 3 and catch up with what’s been happening since the last Racing Line blog.

    Porsche 935 Poll

    We asked you to head over to our Facebook page to vote for your favourite Porsche 935. In Project CARS 3, we have various versions of this, one of the world’s most dominant race cars. Built as the racing version of the Porsche 911 Turbo in 1976, by the end of its evolution in 1982, the Porsche 935 (in its varying evolutions and driven by the factory and customer teams) had entered 370 races and won 123 of them—an astonishing ratio that included an outright win at Le Mans, along with wins at Sebring, Daytona, Nürburgring, and championships galore (DTM, IMSA, and World Championship of Makes).

    The choice was tough, and the result was surprising. The Porsche 935/77 squeaked a win over the Porsche 935/78 (aka Moby ****), with the re-boot 2019 Porsche 935 finishing in third.

    We’ll be making more of these polls in the near future, and the next one will no-doubt have you rubbing your chin in deep thought. Stay on the lookout for that one once it goes live!

    April’s Rivals Challenge

    The end of the month is almost in sight, which once again means your collective efforts of topping the leaderboards will earn you some in-game currency and experience points.

    Think you’ve done enough to be in the Platinum ranking? If not, there are still many daily challenges and one more weekly challenge to get your ranking up.

    Give it your all, track your own progress online on the leaderboards, and visit the website to get a schedule of upcoming Rivals challenges.

    Getting Even More Snappy

    One of the genuinely big perks of my job as community manager is that I get to trawl through our channels in search of the best images from our amazing community of photographers. Being an avid virtual photographer myself, I know what it takes to capture a special moment and turn it into something truly awesome. So here are my recent favourites from my last trawl!

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    I’ll leave you with some tips that I use frequently in my own shots that you’ve seen from Project CARS 3. Try to frame the action into a single shot by pushing the camera back and zooming-in on the subject. Then adjust the aperture to draw attention away from the background. And finally, crank up that shutter speed to bring everything together for a dramatic sense of speed!

    That’s all for this week, I must go, I sense some electricity in the air…

    – Fernando

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  14. The clocks have gone forward, flowers are beginning to bloom, and we’ve seen blazing sunshine and snow in the space of a week… it must be spring!

    Whatever April and the new season throws at us, you can rest easy with one simple constant: more major news, reveals and general fun stuff firing out of the front door of Codemasters HQ. Our fantastic team have kept their foot to the floor as we enter month four of 2021, and the end result is another Racing Line bursting with info for you.

    What’s on the agenda this time round, then? Just the small matter of new content drops, big esports action, and revealing our own actual real-life racing team? What?! We better get straight to it…

     

    DIRT 5

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    Turn it up to 11 and bring the noise! Since the last Racing Line, we only went and released DIRT 5’s Uproar Content Pack and Update 4.00 to the world; our latest major content drop of 2021, with new cars, Career events, private race lobbies and so much more. Don’t worry if you’ve missed any of the details on this one – we’ve got all the info here.

    The moment we went live with this content drop, our attention turned to your feedback and comments, to see what you’re enjoying and if anything needs addressing. A couple of small, additional patches have rolled out on DIRT 5’s main platforms to tidy up a few things (full details are in our patch notes hub), and we’re already outlining what the new priorities are for additions, fixes and tweaks. So whilst you enjoy the juicy new content, we’ll be kicking on towards the next chapter of DIRT 5. No rest for the wicked, eh?

    As often as possible, we’re also updating players on exactly what we’re working on, and what’s on the horizon for DIRT 5. Here’s a community update from earlier this week on Reddit – track us on there for the updates, or hang out with us and other players on DIRT 5’s Discord server.

    – Chris

     

    DIRT RALLY 2.0

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    Hey everyone, PJ back again with a whole bunch of rally news to catch you all up on.

    Introducing the Codemasters DiRT Rally Team

    There’s no better place to start than this: We’re racing a real rally car again!

    Long-time fans of DiRT Rally will remember Jon Armstrong (who is now a Game Designer here at Codemasters) competing in events like the Galway International Rally as well as Rally Sweden. In 2021 we’re expanding those ambitions even further with an all-new rally team, competing in the 2021 FIA Junior WRC Championship.

    The Ford Fiesta’s livery was revealed last week and it’s a stunner, as you can see above. Jon and co-driver Phil Hall have been busy over the weekend, working together with RAF Engineering to get some testing done.

    They’ve been using DiRT Rally 2.0 to train during 2020 but as Rally Croatia is only a few weeks away they were itching to get back into a real car and tackle the roads. Jon also had a few interviews (here and here) following the team’s announcement.

    WRC Croatia Rally kicks off on April 22, and if you’re watching live keep an eye out for the Junior WRC competitors as they tackle the Stages. We’ll let you know over on @dirtgame how Jon gets on and, if you’re after some team merchandise, you can grab a whole bunch here.

    DiRT Rally 2.0 Yuasa Esports Championship

    Back in the virtual world, our friends at the British Rally Championship have teamed up with reigning champion Matt Edwards to host a DiRT Rally 2.0 series ahead of the coming season. Edwards will be driving the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 this year and used the game to reveal his car’s livery, in Yuasa’s typically striking white, red and black.

    You can find out more about the announcement here on Yuasa’s website and if you fancy competing for a whole bunch of prizes, their competition details can be found here.

    DiRT Rally 2.0 Official Club – Round 2 Underway

    In other news, the Official DiRT Club’s finished its first round, with around 4,000 of the club’s 20,000 competitors braving the high speed Scottish woodlands. Over on the Forums, gedazz (who runs the excellent dr2.today leaderboard fansite) compiled some stats from Scotland that make for interesting reading.

    3,738 people took on the opening round – however, the brutal nature of the event (it’s one of the longest and toughest Clubs in the entire game) meant that only 18% of those made it to the end. I was one of those and finished in 169th place despite some serious engine trouble at the end. Chris and Fernando braved it too with varying degrees of success. Round 2 is already underway at Spain. I‘ve gotten my run in and as of last Friday was sitting in 5th overall. If you fancy beating that and calling me out on the Forums, all the info’s here.

    That’ll do it for now, so if you’ll excuse me I’m off to play some more DiRTRally.txt; see you all soon.

    -PJ

     

    F1® 2020

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    Hey folks!

    Who watched the 2021 season opener last weekend? They don’t get much better than that! If it was any indicator as to how the following 22 races are going to pan out, we’re in for an incredibly close season across the field. Still think Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have enough to fend off the likes of Red Bull and Max Verstappen? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

    Raise Your Game

    Thank you to everyone that took part in #F1RaiseYourGame – the Birmingham St Marys Hospice fundraising campaign. It was great seeing everyone’s fast laps on the Bahrain International Circuit in F1® 2020 – we’ll be getting in touch with some of you who took part to send out some merch very soon.

    Racing Ahead members SootieLive and Theamusante both contributed with fundraising efforts of their own, helping raise hundreds of pounds after completing dozens of laps on their respective streams. Big shoutout to the both of them and of course everyone who contributed by donating.

    If you want to find out more about what Birmingham St Marys Hospice do, and why they’re so important to our F1 Game studio, you can head to the Just Giving page here.

    – James

    F1® Esports Challengers

    This past week saw the fourth event of the F1 Esports Challengers Series on PS4, Xbox and PC, racing at Monza and Suzuka for rounds 7 and round 8, respectively. With the series now approaching its explosive finale, our racers are taking more risks than ever before; late braking, daring overtakes, setting the pace lap after lap to secure a place in the Pro Exhibition event. The highlight of the event has to be this calculated move from Alessio Di Capua, where his methodical approach allowed him to retake the lead on the final lap of the race at Suzuka.

    In case you missed any of these action-packed races, head here to watch the PS4 races, here to recap on the Xbox races, and here to see how the battle unfolded on PC over on our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to tune in to twitch.tv/formula1 on the 27th of April from 7pm GMT+1 to watch the final and deciding event of the series that will see who will take part in the Pro Exhibition!

    – Fernando

     

    PROJECT CARS 3

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    Welcome to the first Racing Line post-holidays entry. I hope you all had a restful break and are now fighting fit to get back to racing action.

    Your Vote Matters!

    We asked the Project CARS community to vote on our Facebook page for their favourite Classic Team Lotus racing machine. The choice was between three Formula One Championship-winnings cars. The clear winner was the 1967 Lotus Type 49 Cosworth, followed by the 1972 Lotus Type 72D Cosworth, and the 1970 Lotus Type 49C. Legends always win, I guess!

    Our next poll will be even tougher, featuring legendary examples of peak German engineering. Look out for that post, don’t forget to vote, and get involved with the discussions in the comments (please be courteous!).

    Find Your Rival

    With March now over, your total Rivals results and rewards should be available in-game. This, of course, means a fresh batch of challenges are now available, and many more will appear in the Rivals mode tab throughout the month of April. We started the month with one of the greatest motorsport challenges ever known— a hefty and throaty V8 around the legendary Mount Panorama circuit.

    You can follow the action and your own progress online with the leaderboards and visit the website to get a schedule of upcoming Rivals challenges.

    Getting Snappy

    One of my favourite things to do in the Project CARS community is talking about car photography and share tips on how to capture the best shots in our games. I often collect my personal favourites from across the web and share them with the rest of the team – and now I’m sharing them with you! Here are some of the best shots I’ve seen from the community. Keep them coming, I’m always lurking about and collecting!

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    And with that thought, I’ll say goodbye for this week. Enjoy the racing.

    – Fernando

     

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

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    – No more wheels, no more pads. Keyboard. Is King. Last week we ‘revealed’ the trailer for DiRTRally.txt to the world – a text-based adventure that dares you to tackle the world’s toughest rally stages, with nothing but your trusty digits and keys for support. Don’t cut, and whatever you do, don’t break the car! Alas, much like last year’s acclaimed (well, by us) DiRT Rollers, this was our bit of April Fools fun to share with you all – though we wouldn’t mind seeing someone make this for real…

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  15. Apologies, dear reader. Usually by the time we write this pithy introduction to the Racing Line, we’ve received detailed notes from the Codemasters team on all the big news, reveals and info we’ll be bringing you below. So far, though, nothing has come through. Perhaps there’s just no news to bring you for once.

    Wait, hold the phone – there’s a new email in the inbox! Let’s have a look.

    …Really?!
    …Woah, seriously?
    …How big?

    Right, there’s no time to lose. Turns out we have a lot to get through, beginning with news on our amplified off-road racer turning itself up to 11…

    DIRT 5

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    Well, where do we begin?

    Ah, yes, let’s kick off with the small matter of DIRT 5’s next major update, hot off the presses. The Uproar Content Pack and FREE Update 4.00 launch on March 30, adding a stacked list of new goodies for all players, as well as exclusives for Amplified/Year One Edition players.

    For the Uproar pack, four legendary cars from DiRT: Showdown have been restored and readied for action in DIRT 5, alongside more Career events, new Achievements/Trophies, fresh liveries and much more. Check out our announcement post to sneak a first look at it all:

    Alongside the pack will be a free update for all players which, by popular demand, includes the addition of private race lobbies for Online! More iconic liveries will be added, along with the new Verified Creators feature for Playgrounds, rewarding the best custom arena creators with an exclusive verified tick.

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    Between now and March 30, we have a huge amount of goodies to show you from the upcoming update, including gameplay, new screenshots and more. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to DIRT’s YouTube channel, to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

    Wait, you thought that was it? Come on now, you know us better than that! Earlier this week we also kicked off DIRT 5’s launch on Google Stadia, with the Standard Edition available to play now! A Year One Edition and relevant upgrade item will also be available on Stadia soon, entitling players to all post-launch content. Full details on the release are right here.

    Okay, now that’s it for our DIRT 5 round-up. See you next week for launch day folks.

    – Chris-

    F1 2021

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    Hey all,

    This weekend the F1® season starts in Bahrain, and I can’t wait to see what happens as the drivers head out on track for the first time in 2021. What are your season predictions? I’d love to hear how you think the season will go!

    Patch 1.17

    Earlier this week, we released Patch 1.17 on all platforms – you can find the patch notes and everything you need right here. If you’ve got any questions, something’s not quite right, or you want to say hello, come and visit us on the Forums.

    Podium Pass Series Five

    Podium Pass Series Five is live in F1® 2020 right now, and there are 30 new levels of free and VIP items for you to unlock, as well as a new feature for this series: Prestige. We know some of you like the challenge of getting to the top tiers, which gives you the opportunity to earn rewards beyond the heights of Tier 30! Check out the trailer below:

    Excited? Take a closer look at what’s new in this series in our blog post.

    PitCoin Competition

    We’re celebrating the start of Podium Pass Series Five with a competition! If you want to be in with a chance of winning 10,000 PitCoins, this is for you. All you need to do is use Photo Mode, capturing your team’s car around the Bahrain International Circuit, and post it on our Forums with a caption.

    You can find out more here – you have until 1st April 2021 to get your entries in!

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    Raise The Game for Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice

    Birmingham St. Mary’s hospice provides support free of charge to people and their families living with life-limiting illness across the area and is close to the F1® game studio’s hearts. Lockdown restrictions have meant they’ve been unable to run physical events over the last 12 months, and relying on virtual events to raise essential funds has been crucial in maintaining this support.

    This is why this month, we’re supporting their ‘Raise Your Game’ campaign – challenging you to lap as fast as you can around the Bahrain International Circuit on F1® 2020 between 25th – 31st March 2021. If you want to get involved, post your lap on social media using the hashtag ‘#F1RaiseYourGame’, and we’ll be giving out prizes to the best ones!

    Find out more about how you can get involved on our website, and check out the JustGiving page.

    See you next time,

    – Jenny

     

    PROJECT CARS 3

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    Welcome racers to the Project CARS corner of the Racing Line. Can you believe March is nearly over? Time is such a weird concept, but then again, that’s what we use to determine who’s the fastest around the track, so it must be a good thing. Speaking of being the fastest…

    Rivals Challenge

    The end of the month means your cumulative results for this month’s Rivals Challenge will soon be added up. Depending on where you qualify in the overall leaderboards for each challenge, cash and experience points rewards will be handed out. So, don’t forget to check the in-game Rivals Mode tab to claim your rewards.

    Reading Material

    Are you a coffee or tea drinker? I personally prefer coffee, but whichever you choose, it will make a nice companion for some reading material from us. Get the kettle on and settle down for a few minutes while catching up on our most recent Driving Seat blog post. And once you’re done with that, head here to learn more about the legendary Imola circuit.

    Power Up
    In case you missed it, the latest content pack for Project CARS 3 was released earlier this month. Dubbed the Power Pack, it features four JDM cars including the one-off Nissan Z Proto, which has made quite a splash in the motoring press since it made its official debut in Project CARS 3. Head over to the digital storefront of your choice to grab the latest pack, and see for yourself what all the fuss is about. If you already own the Season Pass, then this is already yours!

    That’s it from me this week. Come hang out with the rest of the community on our Discord server and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Project CARS 3 news by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the Project CARS website.

    – Fernando

    F1® MOBILE RACING

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    It’s almost here, people! The new season of F1 on your TV, with an official F1 game in your hands to keep you occupied until those red lights go out, and after the chequered flag. What more could you want?

    Whilst we can’t wait for the 2021 season to get going, F1® Mobile Racing players have been busy all year with live events and competitive action. Right now, you can take part in the Spring Warmup event, with big rewards on the line. Keen to take part, but want a few tips on how to race like the fastest drivers? Earlier this month we caught up with Matteo Pagliani, the inaugural F1® Mobile Racing Esports Championship winner, to find out more about his road to glory and racing style. Check out the interview here – and enjoy this weekend’s action!

    – Chris

     

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

    – We’d like to offer our thoughts to the family of friends of Sabine Schmitz, who sadly passed away earlier this month. Sabine was an icon in the racing world not just for her extreme talent behind the wheel of cars in multiple disciplines, but her incredible charisma, personality and positivity, which shone through on television and across paddocks around the world. Rest in peace, and thank you, Sabine.

    – Time to take control of the some of the world’s fastest cars – any time, any place, and with the press of your thumb. Project CARS GO is the new mobile title from Slightly Mad Studios, available to download now! One-touch racing allows you to master real-world circuits with incredible cars, with competitive racing and an array of customisation options. Play today on Android and iOS.

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  16. The inaugural F1® Mobile Racing Esports Championship recently came to its conclusion – a thrilling contest over several months, won by Italian player Matteo Pagliani. After his victory, we caught up with Matteo to get his thoughts on the championship, find out more about him, and see how he plans to use his once-in-a-lifetime prize…

     

    Q: Can you tell us about yourself?

    My name is Matteo – I’m 21 and I live in Italy. I live near Maranello, which is of course the city of the Ferrari factory. I study computer engineering at the university in Modena. In my free time I play the drums. I have a band but, of course, due to the pandemic we are stuck at the moment – we don’t play so much. I love riding my bike in my free time and going out with friends.

    I am very passionate about F1, and also about space and astronomy. We have just landed on Mars with the NASA Perseverance rover, so I’m very excited about the achievement.

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    Q: How long have you been playing F1® Mobile Racing? How long have you been competing in Esports Events? When did you realise you had what it took to win the Esports Tournament?

    I started playing in December 2019 and joined the Esports events some months later. At first, I was a mid-field player and I had to develop my car. I became sort of competitive six months after the start.

    I started practicing more when the tournament was announced and I saw that there would be a prize. I reached the maximum Level, which is Level 35, but my car was not maxed out, and my car is still developing. So it was a fast learning curve.

    Q: How often do you play F1® Mobile Racing? Do you play on a daily basis? How long? What is your favourite game mode?

    I play nearly two hours per day. Obviously, before the Finals I played more. Now with my exams I play less. But it’s good to play because I can switch my mind off, I can relax a bit, and as I said before I’m very passionate about F1 so it’s good to play that game. My favourite game mode is the Events because it’s more challenging than the Duels mode.

    Q: Can you tell us about your setup for F1® Mobile Racing? What device do you play on? What are your R&D decks like? Do you use any assists? Which control scheme and camera view do you prefer to use in races?

    I’m playing on an Oppo RealmeX2. With my setup, the cards and the setup are not maxed out. For example, I have the Legendary Lightweight card at Level 3, not 4. I think that’s quite a disadvantage because the Lightweight card at Level 4 gets you half a second, or even a second of margin compared to Level 3. So I have a little bit margin to improve.

    I don’t use any assists, I use maximum sensitivity, and I play in tilt mode. My preferred camera view is the camera over the driver’s head.

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    Q: Do you have any advice or recommendations for those who’d like to improve their driving in F1® Mobile Racing?

    I think practice and consistency are key. With real F1, for example, if you think about Lewis Hamilton – he is a very consistent driver. In the game it’s similar, so you have to be very, very consistent. You have to practice a lot. Of course, if you disable all the assists you should go faster, but it’s a gradual process. You can’t disable all of them when you start the game because it would be so hard.

    Then I recommend learning the tracks by heart. The key point is to discover all the limits of the tracks, to find the kerbs you can go over and where the penalties are. It’s also quite important to maximise Lightweight because that gives you good drivability, good speed, good acceleration and so on.

    Q: When we revealed the Esports Event, did you think that you’d have a chance of winning the tournament? Were you already aiming for first place?

    No, I didn’t think I had a chance to win, but I started practicing more and more. I developed my car and just before the event I told myself “Well, let’s try – it’s not important where you finish but let’s try” and I gave my best. I gave it my all. When the Finals started, I was watching my name in the first three positions all the time so I was confident. But at that point, I still didn’t think I could win – and then I won, so… (laughs). As I said before, it’s important to be consistent, and that makes the difference.

    Q: On social media, we saw a picture of one of the Finalists meditating before the start of the Grand Final and many players told us that the competition during 2 hours had been very intense. Were you nervous before or during the Grand Final? You lost a Duel 20 minutes before the end of the event and that was the only Duel that you lost. What was your mindset like during that race? Did you think that you might not win the tournament?

    Yes, I was very nervous because the tension was very high. You had to be very focused all the time. Two hours is a long period and you have to be very, very focused. Your eyes become more and more tired and so at the end of the two hours, it was like, ‘phew!’ my eyes were crying (laughs).

    I was very nervous and when I lost a single Duel I thought “That’s it. I lost the chance to win the finals,” So the tension grew more. I didn’t give up and I continued to push, but yes – I was very nervous.

    Q: You said that you were a fan of F1 in real life. Do you have a favourite F1 team?

    My favourite F1 team is, of course, Ferrari (laughs). I’m very passionate about the brand, about Ferrari’s legacy – they have such a history. Also, my grandparents used to watch F1. My grandfather went to a Grand Prix, I think in Imola in 1987, and he took some pictures of the cars on the grid. There was Senna in pole. There were Berger and Alboreto driving for Ferrari. The passion for this team is very present in the Italian culture. Even people who don’t watch F1 know Ferrari and know their history.

    I usually watch all the sessions from Friday to Sunday and I usually watch the press conferences. I’m quite interested also in the engineering aspect of the F1 because they are related to what I study. Now that I’ve won the paddock pass for a Grand Prix, it’s fantastic to go to a Grand Prix weekend but I’m very curious about discovering what the life in the paddock is, what the teams do and the entire process.

    Q: Which drivers will you be cheering on in the 2021 season?

    I appreciate Sebastian Vettel because I think he is a great person, a humble person, so I will root for him. I’m very curious about what Aston Martin can do in this season, then obviously Charles and Carlos for Ferrari. I think I will also support Mick Schumacher, because of his father Michael, who I grew up watching in the TV.

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    Q: As a reward for your victory in the Esports Tournament, you will be attending a Grand Prix Event for the 2021 Season with paddock pass. Have you decided which GP you would like to get to see? Is there a reason for choosing this specific GP?

    It’s been a difficult decision to pick one of the GPs. I would have liked to pick all of them! But I had to make also some considerations about the pandemic. I have looked at Singapore and thought it would have been great to go to a city – a beautiful city, not only to a beautiful track but also to a beautiful city. So, I chose Singapore because of the city. It has always provided good races because it’s a street circuit so there are often some safety cars, incidents and so on. It will be very nice to go there.

    The F1 team asked me to provide three choices, and my second choice was Abu Dhabi. The third choice is Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, so I could potentially go to another European country.
    At the moment, I couldn’t go to Singapore because the borders are closed. I hope that the situation will improve in summer. Let’s hope and keep our fingers crossed.

     

    F1®  Mobile Racing is available to play now for free on iOS and Android. Take on the world in PvP Duels, win big rewards in live GP Events, and look out for more big news and events in the coming weeks!

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  17. We’re nearly a quarter of the way through 2021 already. That’s weird, isn’t it? It feels like yesterday that we were all excited to unwrap rectangular-shaped gifts that were quite clearly a video game of some sort, but we feigned polite ignorance as loved ones eagerly watched on, terrified that they’ve purchased the wrong game.

    Still, it’s not as though the past three months have been a quiet affair at the world of Codemasters, as the incredible team here continue to bring new experiences to our games. The last fortnight has been more of the same, with new DLC reveals, a Xbox Game Pass addition and thrilling esports action. That’s why the Racing Line is here to get you up to speed! Let’s start with an off-road racer that has certainly brought the Energy recently…

    DIRT 5

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    Somebody hold me! We’re still reeling from an extremely busy and exciting end to February, as DIRT 5 rolled out its first major content update of 2021 and welcomed a new community of Xbox players.

    The Energy Content Pack and free Update 4.00 are now settled in nicely, with a host of new additions and optimisations. Still getting up to speed on what new goodies we air-dropped into DIRT 5 in the last update? Not a problem – all the details are here, and we have gameplay of the new cars and classic liveries on our YouTube channel, as well as a livestream showing off the new content. Neat!

    On top of that, it’s been fantastic to say hello to Xbox and Windows Store players jumping in to DIRT 5, which is now available on Game Pass. A quick reminder for you: the Xbox and Windows Store versions of the game are enabled cross-play enabled, meaning you can play online with fellow Game Pass players or your friends across Xbox and PC.

    All of this has meant we’ve seen another influx of folks getting stuck into Playgrounds. To help newer players with the mode, we’re kicking off a video series highlighting some of the best creations to check out, starting with a ‘Quick Hits’ playlist of short and sweet Playgrounds that are available on all platforms. Get it watched, people.

    It’s been busy, then, but there’s no rest for the wicked – we’re tinkering away on the next DIRT 5 update, bringing more cars and more ways to play. Can’t wait to reveal more! Well, we can, and we have to, but… you get what I mean.

    – Chris

     

    DIRT RALLY 2.0

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    Hey everyone, PJ here with one more round-up on the latest Rally happenings.

    DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – We have our Winners

    Tens of thousands of competitors were whittled down to just 11, and a few weeks ago we held the Grand Finals of the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series in a virtual event hosted from Silverstone. All of our competitors would be well-equipped for the Grand Finals, with identical hardware being shipped around the world including the latest gear from Thrustmaster, the series’ official partner. They would also be driving two significant cars in Rally and Rallycross history: Colin McRae’s 1995 SUBARU Impreza and Johan Kristoffersson’s Volkswagen Polo R Supercar.

    After all of our finalists showed tremendous skill and bravery in the opening five Stages, the top three were then sent off to Wales for the final showdown on the iconic Sweet Lamb route. They would run one at a time with the full onboards shown live. Meanwhile, our Rallycross competitors duked it out across six heats before a winner-takes-all battle on the Silverstone RX track. If you don’t know the results yet we’ve got spoiler-free videos here, and if you simply want a recap of who won and how they did it, that’s here.

    Official DiRT Club – Join us for the 2021 Season

    With professional competition now behind us, it’s time for us regular players to get competitive, and there’s no better place than the Official DiRT Club. Over 20,000 people have signed up and it’s a great place to see how you stack up without stressing out about being ultra-serious.

    In 2020 we hosted a year-long Championship Season, taking in the many different locales of the game, and we’ll do the same again for 2021, but with a few minor tweaks to the formula. There are no prizes for this – it is a Club like any other in the game – however the challenge of such a long set of rallies and the bragging rights of a strong finish are worthy rewards in and of themselves.

    I finished in the top 50 of the 2020 season and am looking to improve on that in 2021 (the new Championship started a few days ago), and I have word that Chris and Fernando will be competing too so keep an eye out for us on the leaderboards.

    In other news, we’ve been doing our bit in raising awareness of various causes, such as the NHS campaign supporting positive mental health. Our players are getting involved too, one of which you may have seen on BBC’s Click if you’re in the UK.

    Finally, as mentioned in the last Racing Line we’re planning a little hotfix for DiRT Rally 2.0 to amend some issues that arose from our last update. I’m hoping to share more details on that shortly.

    That’s all for now, see you all soon.

    -PJ

     

    F1® 2020

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    Hey all,

    Happy March to you all. Time keeps rolling on, and I can’t believe we’re nearly at the start of the real-life F1 season. As I type this, Ferrari has just shown off their new car, meaning all 10 teams have revealed their machines for this year. I have a soft spot for the Aston this year; that green, with those pink accents, is just beautiful. Which one is your favourite? Head to our social channels and let us know!

    BAFTA Games Nomination

    F1® 2020 has been nominated for ‘Best British Game’ at this year’s BAFTA Games Awards! We’re so honoured to be included and can’t wait for the ceremony on March 25th. You can look at all the nominations and find out all you need to know here.

    F1® Esports Challengers

    Our F1 Esports Challengers event raced past the half-way point of the 10-race championship at the end of last month. With places in the Pro Exhibition up for grabs, it’s nearly crunch time for each of the drivers racing on PS4, Xbox and PC. You can find out how it went and watch the live streams all over again in our race report here.

    On a personal note, I was so proud to appear in a video about the women of Codemasters for International Women’s Day. You can find out more later in this post, but even though International Women’s Day is over, the stories, careers, and advice from women in the industry will always be relevant.

    See you next time,

    – Jenny

     

    PROJECT CARS 3

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    Welcome to the Racing Line from the Project CARS team! We have new cars, a new track, and a new Rivals Challenge for you to sink your teeth into this week, so let’s get to it.

    Update 4 and Power Pack DLC

    A new update is available for Project CARS 3 which brings improvements, further stability improvements, and the Lake Valley Speedway: a new track, free for all players. You can read about the Lake Valley Speedway here and catch up on the update notes here.

    Update 4 dropped alongside more new content for Project CARS 3, courtesy of the Power Pack. Along with the usual array of customisation items for both your driver avatar and cars, the Power Pack also brings four epic Japanese cars to the game:

    • 1985 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex
    • 2002 Nissan Silvia Spec R Aero
    • 2020 Nissan 370Z
    • 2021 Nissan Z Proto

    Each car comes with its own racing conversion as well. Also including a fresh set of Career events and achievements for you to tackle, the “Power Pack” is great new content, so get out there and lay down the power!

    If you’d like to learn more about how the Nissan Z Proto came to be in the world of Project CARS 3, check out this Xbox Wire blog post where you can get an insight into how the car was built in collaboration with Nissan.

    Driving Seat blog returns

    After a short break where we did some spring cleaning and took down the Christmas decorations, our bi-weekly community blog series ‘Driving Seat’ returns to the spotlight. See what we’ve been up to in the latest entry here and look out for more posts coming every other Thursday.

    Rivals Challenge

    Cadwell Park and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the combo for this week’s Rivals Challenge. A narrow circuit with steep elevation changes against American power—a big test! If you think you got what it takes to top the leaderboards, then jump right. You have until Sunday, March 14th to take part.

    That’s it from me this week. Come hang out with the rest of the community on our Discord server and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Project CARS 3 news by following us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and the Project CARS website.

    – Fernando

     

    F1® MOBILE RACING

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    Competitive action is the order of the day in the world of F1® Mobile Racing right now, with live events and constant PvP races on the menu. Things are getting tense in the Official Team Event – a six-race series where players choose their official F1 team to represent, then compete against the rest of the world for prizes. The event runs until April 9, but get started soon to give yourself plenty of attempts to nail your laps and overall scores.

    Elsewhere, with Update 17 now live, Elite Leagues are once again open, pitting the very best players against each other in live fast-paced Duels. Rise up the ranks to reach the Elite Leagues and win big. Good luck!

    – Chris

     

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

    – As we head towards the gradual easing of lockdown in the UK, we’ve partnered once again with Public Health England to reiterate the importance of following guidelines where possible. On top of that, we’re offering advice on how players can seek support about their mental wellbeing during the pandemic and beyond. In DIRT 5, DiRT Rally 2.0, and GRID, players in the UK may spot ‘Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’ and ‘Every Mind Matters’ banners on trackside materials.

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    Whether you’re in the UK or not, you can read more about what these messages can mean for you here.

    – In case you missed it, March 8th was International Women’s Day. To celebrate some of the inspirational women that help bring Codemasters games to life, we made a special video where some of those women sat down to share their stories of what they do, how they got into the games industry, and why International Women’s Day is important to them. You can take a look at the video over on our YouTube channel.

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    Feeling inspired and want to know more about Careers at Codemasters? We’d love to hear from you. We’re currently hiring for over 30 different positions, all of which you can find on our Careers website.

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  18. It’s International Women’s Day 2021! Last year, to celebrate IWD we shone a spotlight on some of the fantastic women who work at Codemasters (feel to check that out here). This year, we’re going one better, with video and written interviews with women who do some amazing work across a wide variety of departments here at Codies.

    From game design, to HR, to licensing, to analytics and more, Codemasters is fortunate to have incredibly talented women in its ranks at many levels of seniority. Codemasters is committed to encouraging and exemplifying diversity and quality within the world of gaming, and we’re proud to continue welcoming women from all walks of life to our studios across the globe.

    For this year’s IWD, we spoke to many of them to find out their story, what drives them in their role, and what advice they have for any women looking to join the games industry. Below, you can check out a special video hosted by Codies Recruitment Manager Meg Daintith, featuring interviews with women across the company.

     

     

    If you’ve enjoyed that, you can check out the rest of this blog right here for more interviews and quotes from other women at Codemasters, who kindly gave up their time to speak with us.

     

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  19. We continue to put the spotlight on the women of  Codemasters on International Women’s Day with Faye. Read what she’s got to say below.

     

    Hey, could you introduce yourself to us – who are you and what do you do?

    Hi, I’m Faye and I am the Licensing Administrator.I am responsible for logging all agreements received within the licensing team onto our internal database. I also license some sponsors, liveries and drivers that are to be used within the games, I send out in game and marketing approvals to manufacturers and brands as required. Plus I carry out lots of vehicle research and due diligence, which is great as you turn into a detective!

     

    Why do you think International Women’s Day is important?

    I think it’s important to celebrate the achievements of women, who throughout history have transformed our world for the better. Also it’s a great chance for everyone to come together.

     

    How did you get into the games industry, what made you decide on the games industry?

    To be honest, it was unexpected, but the games industry is a fantastic industry to now be in and I am thoroughly enjoying being a part of it! My family are big gamers in which they especially love their racing games, plus my cousin who works here expressed what a brilliant company Codemasters is. Therefore when I was offered the position I was extremely delighted.

     

    What’s your career highlight so far, what are you most proud of doing?

    Receiving signed agreements back from Licensors always makes me feel proud and I feel a sense of achievement, knowing that I have licensed their trademarks to be featured within the games. Just last week I received a signed agreement back for a livery to be included in something, one I had been chasing for eight months, my persistence paid off.

     

    Do you have any female role models?

    My mum is one of my biggest role models, she has taught me many things throughout life and I always look up to her.

     

    What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you started in the industry?

    I didn’t have to be nervous. Everyone is super friendly and we are all one big team working towards the same goals.

     

    How do you think we can get more women in the games industry?

    More promotion of women on social media. It’s great to hear stories from women within the games industry, seeing what they have achieved, plus lots of positive images and videos.

     

    What advice do you have for women trying to get into the industry?

    Never give up, keep following your goals. I have a tendency to underestimate myself but I have learnt to find that belief and go for it, you haven’t anything to lose.

     

    Tell us something about you we don’t know

    After a few drinks, I am the first one to hit the dance floor and karaoke machine!

     

    Want to read more about the women who work at Codemasters? Find more interviews here!

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  20. Continuing our series putting the spotlight on the women of Codemasters, it’s time to talk to Associate Producer Siwan.

     

    Hey, could you introduce yourself to us – who are you and what do you do?

    Siwan Owen – Associate Producer at the Cheshire studio of Codemasters.

     

    Why do you think International Women’s Day is important?

    There is no doubt about it, some of us live in a much farer world now however, there is still an urgent need for gender equality. This day is important because we need to remember the courageous acts of women like Emily Pankhurst who dedicated 40 years of her life to helping women gain the right to vote to the point of incarceration. “We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.” To the modern-day activists like Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the head after publicly campaigning for Pakistani girls’ rights to go to school.

     

    How did you get into the games industry, what made you decide on the games industry?

    My journey into the games industry was not your most traditional of paths. I studied Art & Design at Coventry University and ended up working as an exhibitions officer at an art gallery. I fell in love with the creative sector and event management. This role then led to working over a variety of events in the creative and digital sector of Manchester. I later hosted a few playtesting meet-ups where my network of game devs and studios grew. I was approached by an indie games studio who offered me the position of Assistant Producer and now I’m at Codemasters! My decision to take the plunge into this industry wasn’t because I’m a hardcore gamer (I do play games) but it’s simple, I love working with creative people and I’m learning every day!

     

    What’s your career highlight so far, what are you most proud of doing?

    I have been super lucky to have worked with a bunch of inspirational people across North Wales and the North West of England in a variety of different roles. Working for a social enterprise whose aim is to land young people in work within the creative sector, to helping an indie game studio grow their audience and their team from 5 to 27 during a pandemic. I would say that one of the things I’m most proud of is managing a group of meetups from writers’ groups, film groups to playtesting games. These were spaces I organised where like-minded people came together and shared ideas, created and networked. This then led onto hosting one of the countries largest CoderDojo’s which welcomed over 250 young people and their parents to take part in all sorts of coding competitions and playtests. We always need to be thinking about the next generation of creative content makers.

     

    Do you have any female role models?

    The women in my family inspire me every day.

     

    What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you started in the industry?

    Focus your time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, it’s how you manage your time that matters. I’ve come from an event background where completing loads of small tasks quickly was super rewarding. Game development required more focus. I would recommend they read into timeboxing and techniques on how to focus. This is easier said than done in Production when everything is on fire.

     

    How do you think we can get more women in the games industry?

    I was never aware of this industry as and industry when I was choosing a career path at secondary school, I just knew I wanted to work in the creative sector ( I actually wanted to be a car designer). I sometimes envy people who have a clear and defined career path but then on the other hand I wouldn’t have had the experiences I’ve had. We need to make subjects like programming and digital art more accessible and visible to young girls and this needs to start in primary schools.

     

    What advice do you have for women trying to get into the industry?

    You won’t regret it. Your approach might be slightly different to other but let your work speak for itself. You will be hired because you are good at what you do.

     

    Tell us something about you we don’t know.

    I used to build dry stone walls with my Dad in the summers I would return from university.

     

    Want to read more about the women who work at Codemasters? Find more interviews here!

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  21. We’re celebrating International Women’s Day by shining a spotlight on some of the talented women who work here at Codies. First up is French localisation specialist Maurine.

     

    Hey, could you introduce yourself to us – who are you, and what do you do?

    Hi, I’m Maurine, and I’m a French localisation specialist here at Codies. On a typical day, my job is to either translate game content or do some testing to ensure that everything is working correctly on a linguistic level.

     

    Why do you think International Women’s Day is important?

    It’s important for representation and to celebrate all the amazing women of this world who have broken down barriers.

     

    How did you get into the games industry, and what made you decide on the games industry?

    I never thought I would have a career in the games industry; I always saw it as a field for only a select few. I was put in touch with a games company by a recruiting agent, which led to my first contract. This foot in the door later led to me working at Codemasters.

     

    What’s your career highlight so far, what are you most proud of doing?

    I think anyone who works in the games industry is proud when their first full project gets released, but oddly I think I felt most proud when my friend messaged me to say that he really enjoyed playing F1 2020.

     

    What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you started in the industry?

    I wish someone could have told me how to explain to my grandparents what I do as a job – still looking for help by the way… apart from that, it’s been pretty smooth sailing.

     

    How do you think we can get more women in the games industry?

    As representation matters, having women who work in the games industry present at careers’ fairs, for example, I think could inspire the next generation of women to join us. It’s obviously important that game studios also have an agile company culture that works to retain women.

     

    What advice do you have for women trying to get into the industry?

    I can only give advice to aspiring translators, but study hard and gain experience where you can first. The jobs market for the games industry is competitive (for obvious reasons) but not unreachable.

     

    Tell us something about you we don’t know

    Umm… I started a vegetable patch during the first lockdown, so I’m looking forward to eating my own homegrown vegetables in the summer.

     

    Want to read more about the women who work at Codemasters? Find more interviews here!

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  22. We all know that gaming is an excellent form of escapism. After all, it’s a little tricky not to imagine you’re somewhere very different as you’re virtually racing at 200mph past a roaring crowd, against a fleet of other cars, right? Still, it doesn’t quite match up to an actual escape, and many of us right now are unable to pack a bag and head somewhere else for a well-deserved break, which sucks.

    We’re all hoping for better news on that soon – but in the meantime, consider the Codies Racing Line your free, simple, quick opportunity to switch off from everything, kick back, and go on a little journey with us. Complementary refreshments provided!

    A huge content update, a star-studded live event, and a high-stakes esports championship are just the start of this hefty cargo load of fortnightly Codemasters news and info. Let’s start our latest voyage with details on how our amplified off-road title got another boost of ENERGY this week…

     

    DIRT 5

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    So, what’s worth chatting about this week? Just the small matter of revealing and rolling out our first major update and content drop of 2021 – and that’s only the start of it!

    Say hello to the Energy Content Pack and free Update 3.00, available now for DIRT 5 on all platforms. We’ve given our off-road racer a boost with four new cars, 25 new Career events, a glut of new Playgrounds options, new customisation items, and so much more. We’ve got all the details on the DIRT 5 website, including how the content is split between free-for-everyone additions and exclusives for Amplified/Year One Edition players.

    All this goodness arrived in DIRT 5 on Monday, and ever since then we’ve been closely monitoring your feedback and seeing what our priorities should be to address, and beginning to take action on what you’ve reported. If you’re experiencing anything following this update that you’d like to report, use our dedicated to form to give us the info, and our team will take a look.

    The new content and update has arrived just in time for another big event, as DIRT 5 arrives on Xbox Game Pass today – yes, TODAY! We’re incredibly excited to welcome more Xbox players to the DIRT 5 community and look forward to seeing your feedback once you hit the track. Come say hi on our Discord and let me know if you have any questions.

    – Chris

     

    F1 2020

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    Strap yourself in and get yourself on the grid – here’s what’s been happening in the world of F1® 2020 recently.

    Patch 1.16

    Patch 1.16 has been released on all platforms – you can find the patch notes and everything you need right here. As always, if you’ve got any questions, something’s not quite right, or you just want to say hello, visit us in our forums.

    F1® Esports Challengers

    The third Challengers event has kicked off this week across PS4, Xbox and PC. This is the half-way point of the 10-race championship, and with places in the Pro Exhibition up for grabs, our racers need good results more than ever. If you missed any of this week’s racing, you can catch up on this week’s PS4 and Xbox action on our YouTube channel. Plus, make sure you tune in tonight to watch the PC players head to Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps for some fiercely competitive racing from 7pm GMT, live on Twitch.

    Track Guides

    Whether you want to find out which racing style is the one for you, learn how to drive with traction control off, or nail those manual starts, our official F1 2020 beginner’s guides are for you! One of our most popular video guides offers tips on mastering the racing line – check it out below:


    See you next time,

    – Jenny

     

    DIRT RALLY 2.0

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    Hi everyone, PJ here with the usual Rally update.

    DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series Grand Finals

    The time has finally come to crown the champions of our 2020 season – and you can watch it unfold live this Saturday afternoon. All of the stream links can be found here, as well as more detailed information on the competitors, format and more.

    The DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series Grand Finals will see our competitors tour several locations in identical machinery. Rally competitors will be retracing the steps of Colin McRae’s 1995 season with the iconic SUBARU Impreza, and our Rallycross finalists will be driving the most dominant World RX car of all time, the Volkswagen Polo R Supercar.

    Commentary as always will be from the dynamic duo that is Andrew Coley and Jon Armstrong, and I’ll be grabbing the best clips from the stream to share in all the usual places, so you won’t miss out.

    Version 1.17 Update

    Last week we released what we envision to be the final update of DiRT rally 2.0, just before its second anniversary which was a few days ago.

    Although the changes themselves were small, the download was relatively large, clocking in at 10-14GB depending on which platform you play on. The reason for this is that whenever a track is updated (like Höljes in this case) all of that track’s files need to be republished in order for the updates to work as intended, and with most tracks sitting around the 10GB mark that accounts for the bulk of the update. Anything extra was related to the files required for the other parts of the update.

    While this is the final planned update for the game, we have noticed some issues arising from it that you’ve been reporting; Logitech force feedback being the main one. We are aware of this and investigating, so you may see a small hotfix in the future once everything’s sorted out.

    That’s it from me; see you all on Saturday and enjoy the Grand Finals.

    -PJ

     

    PROJECT CARS 3

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    Hello and welcome to the Project CARS section of the Codemasters Racing Line! Can you believe we’re almost done with the month of February? Time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve got a couple of presents for you this week, so let’s get to it…

    Project CARS on Giphy

    We’ve prepared a library of GIFs (or is it jifs?) that you can use across the entire world wide web. Simply head over to the official Project CARS account on Giphy to grab a share link or download the GIF itself. These GIFs are also available on social media platforms by simply typing “Project CARS” or “Slightly Mad Studios” in the search bar when using the GIF feature.

    Go wild, share them with your friends and communities, and keep an eye out for when new ones become available.

    Rivals Challenge

    How have you been getting on with this month’s selection of Rivals Challenge events? Hopefully you’ve qualified high enough to get that platinum rating.

    This week’s challenge sees you tackling the narrow, bumpy, and fast street circuit in Shanghai. I’ll be running the Challenge this week as well, so what are you waiting for? Jump into the game, head to Rivals and show this touring legend who’s boss!

    The Next Game Update

    New content for Project CARS 3 is just around the corner, and that means Update 4 is coming too – which will include another free circuit location for all our drivers.

    Alongside that, our next DLC will bring four more legendary vehicles, each with race conversion kits, to take your journey from road to track – not to mention new customisation options that will let you freshen up the look of all your cars and your driver avatar, too.

    That’s it from me this week. Come hang out with the rest of the community on our Discord server and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Project CARS 3 news by following us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and the Project CARS website.

     

    F1® MOBILE RACING

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    Our big news in this update… is a new update!

    F1® Mobile Racing now includes Update 17 on both iOS and Android. Coming in this latest revamp of our official F1 handheld title is the return of Elite Leagues, hosting our most competitive PvP events, available 24/7 to race against other players across the globe. More new GP Events are also added, with one already live (more on that in a sec), and further technical changes have been made in multiple areas, including improvements to the Dynamic Ghosting System.

    Jump in today to see what we have to offer in this update, including that new GP Event: Dizzy Heights. This event heads to high altitude, with five circuits situated up in the clouds. Keep a clear head and hold your nerve to soar up the leaderboards and rake in the big rewards. Good luck!

    – Chris

     

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

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    – As you may have seen last week, we shared the exciting news that we’ve now joined the Electronic Arts family! We’re committed to continuing to make the racing games you love and can’t wait to share more with you. There were plenty of EA teams on hand to wish us a warm welcome over on Twitter; see if you can find them all here.

    – The Codemasters team continues to expand and welcome a diverse group of talent for all kinds of different, exciting positions. We recently added a new vacancy for a Senior Product Marketing Manager to lead our mobile efforts. Check out all our vacancies here!

    – Throughout the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been keen to support UK government initiatives in different ways. Thanks to technology provided by our partners Bidstack in DiRT Rally 2.0 and GRID (as well as DIRT 5 in the near future), we’ve been able to add messages directly in-game.

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    Following on from the ‘Stay Home. Save Lives’ initiative back in April last year, in GRID you’ll find new ‘Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives’ banners. When jumping into DiRT Rally 2.0, you’ll see ‘Every Mind Matters’ banners, offering players support for those seeking advice about their own mental health. To find out more information about Every Mind Matters including some top tips on mental health during the pandemic, you can head to the official site here or search “Mind Plan.”

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  23. Listen: whilst we do like to have a bit of fun here on the Racing Line from time to time, we won’t be stooping so low as to theme this latest edition around Valentine’s Day, which is this Sunday. Come on people – we’re better than that.

    On the face of it, it may seem like an easy win, but we know that not everyone feels the need to celebrate February 14th in such a luvvy-duvvy way. Besides, there are more important matters at hand, like bringing you the latest update on all the news, reveals and highlights from Codemasters titles in the past fortnight!

    Very exciting stuff, as always, is on the agenda today, with star-studded esports action, build-up to an upcoming World Series, and some of the very best player-created content we’ve ever seen in our games. There’s no time to lose!

    Everyone: put the controller down for just a moment, and kick back with another edition of the Racing Line. Oh, and whatever you do – don’t look at the first letter of these opening four paragraphs…

    DIRT 5

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    Greetings!

    First things first: No major news this week regarding DIRT 5’s next update, which will include new content and some key changes. We’re continuing to make good progress and for all the finer details regarding the next game update, I highly recommend the official DIRT 5 Discord server and subreddit. Here, I’m taking your questions and providing regular updates on progress. See you there, yeah?

    With that in mind, this week’s update is all about the best DIRT 5 content that you’ve been creating, and we’ve been highlighting across our official channels. Of course, that includes the best custom racing arenas from Playgrounds – and last week we rolled out the latest ‘Playgrounds of the Month’ video, giving props to some of the most incredible maps made in January:

    Every Monday we’re putting your virtual photography skills to the test, with a fresh photo mode contest. Each week we choose a winner and feature their shot on our social profiles for all to see. This week’s competition was a doozee, as we asked for your best shots of some of the biggest machines in DIRT 5 from the Pre-Runners class. Check out some of the top contenders here – then circle back to our channels next Monday to find out the theme of our next contest.

    Finally, we’ve continued our collaboration with the fantastic organisation CALM, who are leading a movement against suicide and providing support for those struggling with their mental health. Recruiting the talents of Racing Ahead creator Merginator, a special Playground ‘The CALM Zone’, is now available to search and play on for all platforms – a Smash Attack event with a CALM motif and using the CALM livery, which we added to DIRT 5 in December last year.

    Take on the Playground and show us your best time! If you, or anyone you know, is seeking support with their mental, CALM is here to listen and help. Visit their website or call their free hotline on 0800 58 58 58.

    – Chris

     

    F1 2020

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    Hello, it’s time to get cosy for this week’s F1® 2020 Racing Line!

    Virtual Grand Prix

    Last Sunday’s Virtual Grand Prix had a stellar line-up, as the drivers, sports stars and content creators took to the virtual Silverstone Circuit for charity. George Russell reached the chequered flag first and made it five wins in a row, but not before some tense battling with Alex Albon and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. If you missed it, you missed out on some great action – but don’t worry, you can catch the highlights here:

    The third Virtual Grand Prix of the series takes place on 14th February, live on Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. It’s the last chance for teams to compete for a share of a $100,000 charity prize pot, so get ready for more drama on Sunday. Make sure you’re watching live from 6pm GMT!

    F1® Esports Challengers

    Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to the third event of the Challengers, which gets underway from 7pm GMT, 23rd February, live on Twitch. We know that’s a little while away, so in the meantime, catch up on all the action so far with our handy playlist:

    Track Guides

    Finally, if you’re new to the world of F1® games, or in need of a quick refresh, our beginner’s guides are for you. We’ve been releasing track guides regularly so that you can get to grips with every circuit in the F1® calendar. You can find our guide of Mexico’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, which we revealed earlier this week, below:

    See you next time,

    – Jenny

     

    DIRT RALLY 2.0

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    Hello everyone, PJ here once again with a quick rally update.

    DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series Grand Finals

    Earlier today we solidified our plans for the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series, and announced Thrustmaster as the series’ official partner. You can watch the world’s best rally and rallycross players duke it out on February 27, and if you missed any of the action from this season, it’s all here.

    All of our finalists have been sent identical hardware (both PC and wheels) to use during the Grand Finals, so this is truly a level playing field to see who’s the best of them all.

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    That’s it for now – catch you all in a few weeks when we’re ready to crown this year’s champions.

    -PJ

     

    PROJECT CARS 3

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    Hello fellow racers! How’s February treating you? Hopefully by now you’ve mastered all those corners in Project CARS 3, have a wealthy load of credits and a garage full of exotic machines. Over here at Slightly Mad Studios, it’s business as usual as we work to deliver the next DLC pack – stay tuned for that in the upcoming months.

    Next Gen Update

    This is a topic that the community has asked about frequently, so I thought I’d update everyone on where Project CARS 3 stands in relation to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles. You’re be able to play Project CARS 3 as a backwards compatible title on PlayStation 5 and the new Xbox consoles. Besides the extra power that these consoles provide natively, however, there are no other enhancements made to the game itself.

    We will continue to support the game with additional updates and extra content as planned, but none of these updates will include a next generation update or enhancements.

    Rivals Mode

    The ever-increasing popularity of Rivals mode in Project CARS 3 continues to offer players an array of challenging new cars and track combinations. Climb to the top of the leaderboards with daily, weekly and monthly challenges that offer you in-game rewards at the end of each month, depending on your ranking. Be sure to keep an eye on our online leaderboards, where we rank the top PC drivers, and list the current week’s Rivals event.

    Getting Snappy

    Before I finish this week’s entry, I’d like to leave you with some of my favourite photo mode shots from the community shared using the hashtag #ProjectCARS3 on social media. I simply love collecting these, so please, keep on snapping and sharing!

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    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 the Project CARS website.

    – Fernando

     

    F1® MOBILE RACING

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    There has been a big focus on community in F1® Mobile Racing this past fortnight, with in-game competitions and activities on our channels all centred around spotlighting the best drivers and creators! Let me show you what I mean…

    Let’s start in the game, which is of course available to download now for free on iOS and Android. We’ve just wrapped up the Community Challenge GP Event – a five-round series at a quintet of locations chosen by our players. When the dust settled, it was ‘BRASSMONKEY’ who finished top of our leaderboard, so congrats to them!

    Meanwhile, we’ve been asking for shots of your best custom liveries for your F1 car in the game, and you didn’t disappoint. Thanks for all your submissions – check out some of the best designs here.

    – Chris

     

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

    – Keep an eye out for ongoing or upcoming sales on Codemasters games across multiple platforms, with some sweet deals to be found! Right now on Steam, Xbox and our own website store, you can pick up F1 2020 at 60% off, DIRT 5 for 50% off, or GRID at 75% off, with the Steam and website sale also offering DiRT Rally 2.0 at a 75% discount. We’ll drop some handy links below!

    F1 2020 on Steam

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    DiRT Rally 2.0 on Steam

    F1 2020 on Xbox

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    F1 2020, DIRT 5 and GRID on Codemasters Store

     

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  24. Hey everyone,

    As always, thank you for joining us for the latest fortnightly round-up of all the big news, reveals and info on Codemasters titles. We probably go on about it too much, but we can’t stress enough how much we appreciate all of our players for joining us on the road during this time. In a period of separation and isolation, we hope that your experience playing Codies games has helped you connect with others, or simply just put a smile on your face. That’s what it’s all about!

    Whilst you do the gaming, we’ll do the other stuff – you know: the coding, the producing, the developing, the hype-train conducting. This time around we have some special feature videos, community highlights, and some major announcements. You ready? Of course you are…

    DIRT 5

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    Let’s get straight to it, team – we know you’re as excited as we are about DIRT 5’s next update and new content, and we have plenty in the works to show you as soon as possible. No official info just yet on this; we’re tidying things up and making sure everything is ready to go before spreading the word. Whilst the team have been working away on that next update, we’ve been putting together plenty of content to help, guide and entertain you lovely lot between your Career playthroughs and Playgrounds sessions.

    Speaking of which, our custom arena creator mode has been alive with your designs and fast times since launch, but we also understand that such a vast mode can be difficult for some players to get stuck into. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a video guide to help those players with Phil Maggs: Development QA Technician on DIRT 5 and a total whizz at designing a Playground. Over 24 minutes of footage is now live for you to check out, with some handy tips for getting started and a few of the best creations so far to take inspiration from:

    Ice Breaker events are another aspect of DIRT 5 that offers a little extra challenge than others, so if you’re looking for tips on mastering the ice, check out the video guide and article from RacingGamesGG and ConnerSpeed6. Elsewhere, we’ve been continuing to post some Time Trial gameplay in glorious 4K and cockpit cam – something that looks even better if you get the chance to run it with triple monitor support. Just ask Linus Tech Tips.

    Oh, and before I hand over – gongs! We’re delighted that DIRT 5 has been nominated for Racing Game of the Year in the 24th DICE Awards. Congratulations to the entire team, thank you to the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, and thank you for your incredible support so far!

    – Chris

     

    F1 2020
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    Hello there! Welcome to this week’s Racing Line. It’s not even the end of January, but we have SO MUCH to update you on!

    Podium Pass Series Four

    Series Four of our has started off in style, with a whopping 30 new levels of free and VIP items for you to unlock, as well as plenty more challenges for you to try out. We’ve packed a huge amount of interesting items into this series, and you can check some of them out in the trailer below:

    Gloves, helmets, suits, liveries podium emotes and more are waiting for you this season – and you can take a closer look in our blog post.

    Driver Ratings Update

    The final chequered flag fell on the 2020 F1® season in Abu Dhabi, and we updated our end-of-season driver ratings to reflect the real-life action. How have they changed? Lando Norris has seen the biggest overall rating increase, with a steady hand guiding his McLaren to two top-five finishes in the last four races. After keeping his nose clean (and nose cone on), Lando’s Awareness rating jumps by five, with his Pace and Overall Rating going up by two. Esteban Ocon and George Russell saw ratings increases as well. The last two races of the season weren’t the best for Charles Leclerc, though, and his turn four tangle with Max Verstappen at the Sakhir Grand Prix earned the Ferrari driver a three-place grid drop, which contributed to his Awareness dropping.

    Read more about the final ratings here.

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    F1® Esports Challengers

    New year, new esports action! The second event of the F1® Esports Challengers on each platform has been getting underway this week, and we’ve been treated to some incredible action already. This week, head here to watch the PS4 races, and head here to tune into the Xbox races. Make sure you join us tonight from 7pm GMT at twitch.tv/formula1, where the PC competitors will be taking on Zandvoort and Spielberg in the race for a place in the F1® Esports Pro Exhibition!

    We’ll leave you with this incredible overtake from Niklas Clasani in Tuesday night’s Challengers event…

    See you next time!

    – Jenny

     

    DIRT RALLY 2.0

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    Hello everyone,

    It’s a quiet week in the land of Rally, so here are a few things from around the world you might fancy taking a look at:

    While presenting the Monte Carlo Rally coverage last week, the crew at DirtFish took a tour around BGM Sport, who house a large collection of vintage rally cars. Codemasters and BGM Sport go a long way back, with many of these very cars being recorded for use in our games. If you want to learn a little more about the cars you drive every day in-game, give it a watch.

    Another essential piece of viewing for rally fans is SUBARU’s excellent series ‘Launch Control’, which is now in its eighth season. The documentary series focuses on the factory SUBARU team from Vermont SportsCar, who in addition to many fine rally cars have built the SUBARU rallycross cars you see in DiRT Rally 2.0 and DIRT 5. They’re a few episodes in, but here’s the first.

    Finally, some gameplay. Here’s a World Record run of Argentina in the Ford Fiesta R5 MKII, driven by one of our World Series finalists. There are certain locations in the game (mainly Scotland) where I feel I am pretty quick, but that doesn’t come close to what Jarod is doing here. Enjoy.

    See you all soon,

    – PJ

     

    PROJECT CARS 3

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    Hello racers – welcome to another Racing Line blog. If you’re still recovering from the festive period, you’re not alone – and that may help explain why we’re lighter than usual on news this week – or at least, that’s my excuse since the team are all hard at work on the DLC pack coming soon! But let’s start this week by changing perspective.

    A Different Perspective

    Take a look at this special Project CARS 3 trailer that was created by Bandai Namco for our fans in Japan. It’s a different take on what racing games can mean to different people – exploring the journey of driving and reminding us that, sometimes, a relaxing tour in a classic car can be just as exhilarating as pushing modern machinery to its limits on a racetrack.

    Show Us What You Got!

    There are so many creative fans in the Project CARS community, and a lot of you have been sharing incredible shots taken using the game’s Photo Mode. Here are some of my personal favourites to inspire you.

    Every week we share the best shots on our social media pages. Sending your images is as easy as using our #ProjectCARS3 hashtag, or posting them directly on our official Discord page. Come join in the fun!

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    Image by @Frtluan92

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    Image by @NasserHomsi

    The awesome HKS Skyline shot above is also taken by our community, from Chris25551.

    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

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    With the real-world F1 calendar in the middle of the off-season, the F1® Mobile Racing team are continuing to offer you thrilling live action to keep you going until race one of 2021. Jump in now on iOS and Android and check out the new ‘Asia Tour’ GP Event – Japan, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Bahrain, China and Vietnam make up the marathon six-circuit event, where you’ll compete against scores set by players across the globe. Nail those qualifying laps and reach the finish line first to climb the leaderboard and earn some huge in-game prizes.

    The Asia Tour follows our Michael Schumacher celebration event, won by ZERO43 with some incredible times and scores. Regular live GP Events will be available all year round in F1® Mobile Racing, alongside our ever-competitive Duel leagues and more special events – plenty to keep you going through the winter break!

    – Chris

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

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    For those of you who don’t know, Racing Ahead is Codemasters’ content creator program featuring a diverse roster of global content creators. We work alongside some of the best racing creators out there to give them the opportunity to share our latest releases to you, their fans, as soon as they’re available.

    What we love about Racing Ahead is the variety in the videos these creators make. Over the last few weeks Deoxide shared an incredible DIRT 5 edit that made everyone here burst into laughter but also, ConnerSpeed6 shared his valuable tips on creating the best Playgrounds arenas in a recent tutorial.

    Keep an eye out in the coming weeks as more Racing Ahead coverage goes live, we’ll be sharing more of our favourites in future Racing Line entries.

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  25. Are we still allowed to say ‘Happy New Year’ in the middle of January? Well, it’s the first Racing Line of the 2K21 and you can’t stop us, so: Happy New Year! We hope your festive period was filled with rest, recuperation and, above all, racing. If you found your first Codemasters game under the tree, or generated it from the funds of the generic gift card your distant relatives send over every year, congrats – welcome to the club.

    Whether you’re new around here or a Codies veteran, we’ve made sure that your first fortnightly update of all the big Codemasters news and content in 2021 has something for you. Live events, new content drops, community highlights and much more are just a scroll or two away, as we begin another trip around the sun at full speed. Hold on tight, team…

     

    DIRT 5

    Welcome! Yes, I know: January often isn’t the most delightful month of the year, as we desperately try to rediscover a sleeping pattern and regret all that food we ate. If you, like myself, aren’t quite ready to let go of the festive cheer just yet, head into DIRT 5, where our free slate of Snow Limits content remains available to all players.

    2020 was big for DIRT 5, but we’re dead-set on making sure 2021 is the one. To make that a reality, we’re already giving you details on what sort of content you can expect to see added to the game as the year goes on. Check it out:

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    Alongside these additions will be constant tweaks and changes that are driven by the feedback of all DIRT 5 players; not just fixes, but extra features and options that you have asked for, and we’ve set aside time to add. Want to be a part of that process? The best way to get in touch with us is always through the game’s official Discord server. I’m online each weekday to take your questions, check out your requests, and have a general chit-chat with the community.

    Want some more details? Not a problem – in late-December, I sat down with Development Director Robert Karp to go over DIRT 5’s journey so far, and preview what’s to come. Fortunately, we recorded the whole thing and dropped it on YouTube:

    Whilst the team work hard on polishing up the first content drop, we’re continuing to send DIRT 5 goodness your way – Playgrounds of the Week (and Month!), photo mode contests, 4K cockpit cam gameplay, and much more. Keep racing, creating and sharing, and get ready for a fun ol’ year.

    – Chris

     

    F1 2020

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    Hi, happy new year, and welcome to the first Racing Line of 2021! If you celebrated, we hope you had a great holiday – it’s back to work for us, and we have plenty of things for you!

    F1® Esports Pro Series

    Wow, we were treated to a GREAT finale! Spoiler alert from here on in though!

    Jarno Opmeer was crowned 2020 F1® Esports Pro Series champion, after coming home seventh in the season-closing race in Brazil. The Alfa Romeo Racing OLREN F1® Esports racer held a 16-point advantage over nearest rival Frederik Rasmussen, but after he failed to score, Opmeer’s mid-pack finish was more than enough to seal the deal. Whilst missing out for on the title for the second year in a row, Rasmussen’s success helped Red Bull Racing Esports team retain their teams’ title for another season.

    The finale was tense, nail-biting, and a lot of fun – and you can watch the last race of the season here:

    F1® Esports Challengers

    The 2020 season may have finished, virtual podiums celebrated, and champion crowned, but there’s plenty of esports action to come! Just before Christmas, the F1 Esports Challengers started in earnest. What is the Challengers, I hear you ask! The Challengers is the gateway to the F1 Esports big leagues and the possibility of being signed by one of the official F1® Esports teams!

    16 players qualified on each platform by taking part in the ‘F1® Esports’ specific events we held in F1® 2020 in October and November (we’ve written a lot about them in the Racing Line!) Each platform has its own 10-race Challengers championship, racing in equal-performance cars, and the top six will earn a place in the next stage. That means 18 very talented virtual F1® 2020 drivers will be heading forward from the Challengers.

    Event One got underway through the week of 21st December; find out what happened here, as well as catch up on all the livestreams!

    Beginner’s Guides

    New to F1® games? Found F1® 2020 under your Christmas tree and need a bit of help? Or maybe this isn’t your first rodeo and you’d like a quick refresher? We’ve got just the thing for you – our beginner’s guides. We released this guide on the racing line just before the festive break:

    You can check out our YouTube playlist of guides right here. We’re adding to this all the time, so we recommend you bookmark it!

    See you next time!

    – Jenny

     

    DIRT RALLY 2.0

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    Hi everyone, PJ here with a quick Rally update:

    DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – Grand Finals

    This weekend we were set to host the finale of the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series, live from Autosport International in the UK. For obvious reasons, that’s not going ahead – however, we have solidified our plans for the Grand Finals to still take place.

    Instead, join us on February 27 from wherever you are in the world, as we host a virtual final and see the best rally and rallycross players in the world compete for glory. Our team and partners are spending the next few weeks ensuring all of the participants are adequately set up with the right hardware, guaranteeing an even playing field.

    For more information on the World Series and its competitors, head here.

    In the meantime, the prize car for the Qualifiers (the Ford Fiesta R5 MKII) has been unlocked and can be driven in-game by all players. Keep an eye out for it in the Garage section of the game as it can be purchased with in-game currency, just like any other car.

    That’s all for now, good luck out there on the road.

    -PJ

     

    PROJECT CARS 3

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    Hello racers and welcome to the first Racing Line entry of 2021 from the Slightly Mad team! I hope you had plenty of down-time and stuffed your face with delicious food. As for us, it’s business as usual in the world of Project CARS, with plenty of exciting things coming your way.

    Future Content

    Many of you in the community have been asking about the future of Project CARS 3. I can confirm that we’ll continue to support the game with regular updates along with two more DLC packs with brand new cars, customisation items and free tracks. More details on this will be share when the time is appropriate.

    Catching Up

    Since the release of Project CARS 3 last August, the team has been busy rolling out content for you to enjoy outside the game. Take a look at the blog section of our website to read about historic racetracks and legendary cars, and learn about various other aspects of the game.

    We’ve also got something new for you—playlists containing tips on how to master the craft of car control, how to achieve a clean lap in Rivals Mode, and setup advice. Get stuck in!

    And that’s it from me this week. If you want to ask me anything, look for me on our Discord server, and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Project CARS 3 news by following us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and our website for regular updates.

     

    F1® MOBILE RACING

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    Pop open that bubbly and let the confetti rain down – we have our first ever F1® Mobile Racing Esports champion! Congratulations to ‘PAGLIA’, Matteo Pagliani, who outlasted over 60,000 other players and 3,500 Grand Finalists to take home the crown.

    Get this: Participants from over 170 countries took part in the event, with well over 100 million minutes of racing action and 10 million Duels! The competitive action of our free-to-play official F1 game on iOS and Android went up another notch in this special event, so thank you to players old and new for taking part.

    Of course, the action doesn’t stop in F1® Mobile Racing, and there’s plenty to get stuck into right now if the Esports event left you wanting even more. Now open is the Community Challenge GP Event – a five-round competition using tracks selected by our players. Set your best times on a quintet of iconic circuits, see where you rank against the rest of the world and earn yourself some big in-game rewards. Good luck!

     

    ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

    • Thank you to everyone who took part in our Humble Bundle event over the festive period, running from December 22 to January 5. Through purchases of our games, almost £65,000 has been raised for Access Sport – a fantastic charity focused on empowering young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through the power of sport. Again, thank you for playing your part.

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