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  1. thecraicbear

    DiRTy Gossip

    Maybe it's the feeling that scarce resources are already spread too thin to give proper attention to what matters more to some people. We often hear/read "they're not a big-budget triple-AAA studio/publisher, so they don't have the resources to do what other game companies do" - so, it might seem to some like a waste of limited resources to pursue what might seem to some like low-return endeavors at the expense of things they care more about. They didn’t take on another entire studio just to work on updates for dirt 4 though! They took them over ages ago, and we’ve known since the beginning they have been working on a completely new project. Dirt has been quiet partly due to F1 marketing. I imagine the team must have started to move on to the next project by now, which they definitely won’t be able to talk about for some time. Hopefully something will come for dirt 4 though  Yes, a lot of our resource has been focused on F1 these past few months (with it being an annual title, it always gets crazy for F1 due to how much needs doing in such a small amount of time) - but there is more to it than that. Our hands have been tied somewhat when it comes to DiRT 4; for example, we've been working on a really cool competitive thing, but we have partners for this which means we have agreements to be signed, plans to be made, and NDAs in place around it. This is stuff you will hear about!! But, it's stuff we have to be vague on until the inevitable embargo lifts.  On updating the game: Clubs is coming (and we're sorry about how late that is - we've hit all sorts of hurdles when trying to get the features polished) and if all goes well that'll be here in a couple of weeks - and with it a fairly large patch too. Speaking candidly, there are a lot of moving parts behind the scenes at the moment, and while we're working on things you've fed back on, whether or not we can realistically bring it to this project is the question. Alas, these are decisions made by the people who make the big bucks and allocate where the big bucks go internally.  Again, I'm sorry this isn't the news you're all hoping for, and I am wildly aware that it's still rather vague - but seeing as though I'm not in the business of making things up or over-promising, I hope this goes someway to explaining the quietness!  <3 thanks.  I'd be happy if the patch was here before Christmas.
  2. thecraicbear

    DiRTy Gossip

    I'm getting DiRT Rally on the go again :)  Hopefully DiRT 4 will get a good patch soon. In the meantime, I'm very much enjoying how well WRC 7 plays, and I'll no doubt enjoy adding to the monstrous amount of hours I've already spent on DR. Can't wait to get back into it!
  3. thecraicbear

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    I've played more of the game now, and am liking it more and more.  I'm really loving the chase cam in the game, and it brings back very fond memories of the old Evo Studios WRC games with how loose it is, which is great. Like I said before, it's kind of like the GTA V cam. Also, a bonus about chase cam is that the cars don't actually sound bad, whereas on bonnet cam they sound horrendous.  I'll say again, the stage design is fantastic, with a lot of attention to detail. The overall visual presentation is a huge step forward. I'm impressed with the car models and lighting especially. The co-driver still sounds rubbish, but at least the pacenotes are now delivered at a proper pace. 
  4. thecraicbear

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    I've been having a bash at WRC 7, and I find it's a good simcade game. Anybody expecting anything more realistic is being a bit daft, given restrictions of accessibility with the brand.  I'm not taking the game seriously because of this, and due to the chase cam being excellent (like GTA V) I'm actually just having chill sessions using that. It's nice to see the cars as you drive 'em, especially when the visuals are pretty good.  Worth noting - the landscapes and stages are fantastic. Argentina in particular is great. 
  5. thecraicbear

    DiRTy Gossip

    I wonder if it's possible to bypass the whole WRC thing and just go straight to M-Sport, etc. for the bog-standard factory car. Are they tied to a higher licensing body, beyond the manufacturer? 
  6. thecraicbear

    DiRTy Gossip

    Enjoy! 
  7. thecraicbear

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    It's a difficult one. Evo Studios came the closest when representing rally with the WRC license in a fair way to include all, without making it feel too wooden, but branding and licensing has changed a lot since then.  Gaming has become huge, because back when the original WRC games were out, people were considered losers for playing games in general, so there was more flexibility for developers because the market wasn't as potentially wide. Perhaps more relevant, the importance of money in licensing and branding has changed and increased significantly, and things have become greedy, petty and restrictive. You can see the same issue with the F1 games, and how little wiggle room they have. You'll have hardcore sim guys complaining, but they don't realise that Codies are working close to the ceiling as far as creativity goes.  It's an unfortunate scenario, and even though the WRC games could arguably benefit from being given to a more financially powerful dev studio, the same problems would still be there. 
  8. thecraicbear

    DiRTy Gossip

    That car and those roads are an absolute dream. 
  9. thecraicbear

    DiRTy Gossip

    Clicked disagree (your nothing special)  I and probably some others too want Paul back in our codriver seat.  The whole part of that comment from me was a joke (but not), but thanks for trying, sweetness. I know I'm special.  Also, clicked 'LOL' because LOL. 
  10. thecraicbear

    DiRTy Gossip

    Apologies if this has already been mentioned, @KickUp, but I noticed some issues with the delivery of pacenotes, specifically for hairpins. When testing on several different notches towards the earliest side of the delivery speed, I find myself overshooting junctions and diving into bushes due to late calls on the more technical corners (coming off a fast section), and they seem to be out of sync with the delivery speed of the rest of the notes.  I understand that pacenotes have been done differently this year, so thought it was worth mentioning, in case anything can be tweaked.  I mean, if you wanted to, you could get back into the sim seat and record pacenotes just for me :] :] :]   Don't do it for anybody else though, I want to feel special. 
  11. thecraicbear

    DiRTy Gossip

    I adore this game. Thank you so much, @KickUp & co.  This feels like a perfect step forward from DiRT Rally, and it's clear to see that you made excellent use of the project, as well as community feedback from us all, to make what is a terrific rally sim with enormous attention to detail on all levels. I can really see and hear the love that's gone into the game.  Once again, thank you. 
  12. thecraicbear

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    YAAAAAAS!!! 
  13. thecraicbear

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    I'll wee everywhere if that's the case 
  14. thecraicbear

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    They advertise the paper on their car, and I'm pretty sure either one or both of the crew are representatives of the paper itself. 
  15. thecraicbear

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    Politics being tiring is your opinion, but my comments on a livery making an appearance in the game is very much not off-topic, thank you. 
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