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Codies Racing Line – August 6, 2020

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Hey everyone,

Thank you for joining us for another Racing Line! As always, we hope everyone is happy and healthy, and has a spare moment to check out our fortnightly round-up of big news, reveals and more fun stuff on Codemasters titles.

Whilst F1® 2020 may now be available worldwide, the fun is only just beginning for Codies in 2020, with more to come for this year’s F1 title and multiple game launches on the horizon, including the arrival of Codemasters racing games on next-gen platforms. There’s plenty to get into, including some new reveals dropping just earlier today, so let’s race straight into it. We’ll try to keep four wheels on the wagon…

 

F1® 2020

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Hey everyone, hope you’re all having a good week. The British Grand Prix was a cliff-hanger, wasn’t it? Jenny’s taking a well-earned break today so I’m here to round up what’s been happening in the world of F1® 2020.

Version 1.06 Update:
The Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 is certainly a looker, but does it come in black? Yes, yes it does.

The 1.06 update released last week and its headline feature is the new “Black Mercedes” livery, matching what Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have been sporting on the grid this season. On top of this, you have the usual round of tweaks and improvements to the game, based on the reports and feedback you all give on the forums.

More updates are coming soon, so to stay up to date (and read up on what changed in 1.06), stick the Patch Notes page in your Bookmarks.

Hotlap Series: Great Britain
As I write this we’re in between two big races at the Silverstone Circuit in Great Britain, and as we’ve done for the opening races of the season there’s a fresh Hotlap over on our YouTube channel. This on-board run features the sleek blue and white Williams of George Russell and gives you a fine look at some of the fastest corners on the entire calendar, along with that swanky new building opposite the Silverstone Wing.

Ever since F1® 2020 was announced back in April, we’ve been showing off the game in action through these Hotlap videos, giving you a close look at each team’s car, the new circuits and more. We’ve got one more lined up to release real soon – any guesses as to what car we’ll be driving? 😉

“Get Good” at F1 2020 with our guides!
On top of the Hotlaps and fancy trailers that get you all excited about F1® 2020 we’ve also been rather busy post-launch, helping you all get the most out of your racing experience. F1® 2020 is the most accessible Formula 1 title to date and has many tools and features to help new players, as well as any veterans that need a refresher, and you can catch them all on this YouTube playlist.

Here’s a quick round-up of our official guides so far, with more coming in the near future:

• F1 2020 Beginner’s Guide
F1 2020 AI Difficulty Guide
F1 2020 Track Guide: Austria
F1 2020 Track Guide: Hungary
F1 2020 Track Guide: Great Britain

Pitcoin Update
If you are an Xbox One player who didn’t receive their Pitcoins after purchasing F1® 2020, we have some good news. By heading to your Xbox messages on your Xbox dashboard or mobile app, you should have a message from Xbox Live with a pair of codes to redeem those missing Pitcoins. We sincerely apologise for the delay and any inconvenience this has caused. Anyone who believes they still have a Pitcoin issue can contact custservice@codemasters.com, where we’ll be able to help.

That’s it from me today – have a great weekend and good luck on-track in your next race 👍🏻

  • PJ

DIRT 5

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Sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…

Another month down, another month closer to taking on all paths less beaten with DIRT 5, launching from early-October on PC and current-gen consoles, followed later this year by Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Pretty exciting – and it’s been exciting for us to see everyone’s reaction as we roll out more and more previews of what you can expect.

Gameplay is understandably what everyone wants to see, so we’ve been bringing you some work-in-progress footage of different cars, locations and events for DIRT 5. Last week, we went all American, heading to the Arizona buttes to show a Stampede track in action, starring the Jimco Unlimited Truck. We followed that up with something very different earlier today – some Ice Breaker action, with the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 sliding around a frozen Norwegian lake, through a blizzard, under the Northern Lights! No, really – check it out:

With today’s gameplay we also brought you a couple more DIRT 5 screenshots, retaining the chilly theme with the ice-cold Peugeot 205 T16 Evo 2:

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We were pleased to reveal earlier this week that DIRT 5 has been nominated for UK Game of the Show at this year’s upcoming gamescom event! The winner will be revealed as part of a show later this month, which you can sign up to watch here. Look out for more details from both gamescom and Ukie and use #UKGOTS to show your support for DIRT 5.

With August now underway, we have plenty more to show you, including the secret reveal we’ve been alluding to since May. Expect more on that later in the month – and before then, keep your eyes (and ears…) peeled for more DIRT 5 reveals.

– Chris

 

PROJECT CARS 3

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Hello fellow racers! Another Racing Line blog is upon us, and boy, do I have some good stuff to share with you this week. We’re now on the final sprint to the checkered flag, so let’s get started with the most exciting news …

Discover “What Drives You” in the latest Project CARS 3 trailer that launched earlier this week, showcasing some of the incredible features and driving experiences awaiting you later this month:

Alongside the new trailer, you can now pre-order Your Ultimate Driver Journey. Project CARS 3 is available in both Standard and Deluxe Editions; which is right for you? Click on the pre-order link and take a look for yourself.

Meanwhile, we’ve also been busy showcasing some new cars and tracks, and this week it was the turn of the new Porsche 935, a tribute car to the original Porsche “Moby ****” 935 from the 70s. This is the first time the new Porsche 935 makes its way to a console game, and what a beast this is. True to that all-winning silhouette and formula, but with a 3.8L twin-turbo boxer-6 allied to 2019 tech, this is an absolute winner and a sublime driving experience in Project CARS 3.

But wait, there’s more! This week, media have had a chance to play Project CARS 3, and the previews are starting to roll in. Here are some of the top reactions to what they played below:

“The best news is just how well it handles now with a pad. Traditional control has been completely revamped and the result is a racer that feels like games used to feel some 15 years ago.” — Gamesradar

“When it comes to simulating the violence of being inside a racing car, Project CARS 3 delivers like no other.” — Eurogamer

“All signs point to it being a very capable racer, and certainly the most accessible serious sim I’ve seen in years.” — PC Gamer

Finally, if you’re looking for a place to hang out, discuss all things Project CARS, and stay up to date on the latest news about our games, then our recently revamped Discord server is just the thing for you! Come join the community and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and our website.

– Fernando

 

F1® MOBILE RACING

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What an unforgettable finish to last weekend’s British Grand Prix! Unsurprisingly, after that dramatic finale at Silverstone, the world of F1® Mobile Racing has been a hive of activity, with fans getting in on the action any time, any place. Whilst we can’t guarantee you randomly decomposing tyres… we can guarantee constant drama and fun, as you take on players across the globe for on-track supremacy, on iOS or Android.

As well our PvP Duel events and GP Events with global leaderboards, there’s plenty of features to get lost in with F1® Mobile Racing, including the recently revamped R&D system. Compete in races to unlock better parts to equip on your car across different performance categories. Find the perfect car balance for your style of racing, recycle unwanted parts, and tune your F1 machine to perfection before hitting the track!

– Chris

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

  • Think you know your Showdowns from your shakedowns? Your Group Bs from your kit cars? Our friends at Outcyders are running a quiz on the history of the DIRT and Colin McRae franchise, with prizes to be won! Head here to take on the quiz, which tests your knowledge and speed, and place on the leaderboard for a chance to win some swag – and to beat the scores of some of the Codemasters team…

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  • Fast Family: are you ready? From Slightly Mad Studios, Fast & Furious Crossroads launches later this week, August 7, for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4! Join the crew and play your part in the epic Fast & Furious saga with incredible gadgets, stunning cars, familiar faces, jaw-dropping stunts and a new threat to defeat. Let’s go – ménage!

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