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Codies Racing Line – November 26, 2020

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What are you thankful for? At this turkey-twizzling time of year, that’s a question we’ve been pondering over at Codemasters Towers.

We’re thankful for hairpins and handbrakes. We’re thankful for roaring engines and rickety roll-cages. We’re very thankful for the mean full English breakfast that the canteen team can rustle up at Codies HQ. Most of all, though, we’re thankful to you, our incredible community, for getting behind the wheel of our creations and sharing the experience with others.

In return, we bring you this – another Racing Line fuller than your post-Thanksgiving belly with big news and updates. So, stick that pumpkin pie to one side, stop filling up that basket with Black Friday deals, and give this a good read…

 

DIRT 5

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You get a launch day! You get a launch day! In the world of DIRT 5 we’ve been almost having more launch days than extra servings from the Thanksgiving table – but, it is now complete. DIRT 5 is out now for PC via Steam, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, including free next-gen upgrade options for current-gen players! Phew.

Ticking off those next-gen boxes for launch has also meant more glowing DIRT 5 reviews, including an 8.5/10 from GameInformer and a whopping 9.5/10 from GodisaGeek, waxing lyrical on the game’s visual quality, audio, and haptic feedback integration on PS5. If you haven’t already, c’mon: come see what all the fuss is about.

Following a couple of small post-launch patches, we are also gearing up for the first major post-launch DIRT 5 update! Full details are receiving some final tweaks but this is, without a doubt, our biggest update so far, including the addition of wheel support to DIRT 5 on all platforms. There are also a bunch of changes based on your feedback, including to Online matchmaking and to the handling of Sprint cars. Finally, as we may’ve let slip on Twitter, you can expect some fresh content to sail down your chimney too!

All will be revealed very soon. We’ll keep you updated on our channels, of course, though Discord is always the best way to stay in the know when it comes to DIRT 5. You can ask yours truly a question, check out the latest news, suggest some new content, and chat with fellow DIRT 5 players. Here’s your ticket.

– Chris

 

F1® 2020

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Hey – welcome to this week’s edition of the Racing Line – there’s plenty to talk about in the world of F1® 2020 this week!

Free Trial

If you’re reading this and you haven’t played F1® 2020 yet (where have you been?), we’ve got just the thing for you. This week, we launched a free trial of F1® 2020 on PS4 and Xbox One, which you can check it out here. You’ll be able to create your own F1® team – designing your car, customising your character, choosing your team name, primary sponsor, and Power Unit before picking a Formula 2™ team-mate. Once you’re done, you’ll be heading to Albert Park for the first race of the season. That’s not all – we’ve enlisted the help of TommyT999 (and MaximeMXM for those of you in the Netherlands – check this out here) to tell you more about what’s in the trial.

F1® Esports 2020 Pro Series

We raced on some legendary virtual tracks in last week’s Pro Series event. Seriously. Silverstone, Spa and Monza – what a bunch! And the action was just as legendary, with Silverstone providing Renault Vitality’s Nicolas Longuet with his debut esports win, Dani Bereznay spoiling a Red Bull Racing Esports 1 – 2 at Spa-Francorchamps and David Tonizza back on top with a win on his virtual home turf in Monza.

Phew! If that’s got you interested, you can watch the highlights from those three races here. Next time out, it’s the Grand Final, and there’s a lot at stake, including a $750,000 prize pot. You don’t want to miss it, so make sure you’re watching on the 16th and 17th December over on all the usual places, like Twitch and YouTube!

F1® Esports 2021 Challengers

Watching the F1® Esports pros and wishing you were competing with them? Now’s your chance, but time is running out! The F1® Esports event finishes at the end of this month (that’s in a few days), and this is your last chance to qualify. Interested? Head to the ‘F1 Esports’ tab in F1® 2020 to play it now, or you can find out more about the event here.

See you next time!

– Jenny

 

DIRT RALLY 2.0

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Hey everyone, PJ here with some quick news on DiRT Rally 2.0.

DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – Qualifiers Complete

Earlier this week we finished the third month of World Series qualifiers; many thanks to all of you for competing. Once the results are confirmed and players contacted, we progress to the playoff stages, with a series of live broadcasts taking place over the coming months. If you want a taste of that action right now, here are the highlights from our most recent playoff, and I’ll be back in the next Racing Line with details on the next one.

If you missed out on the Ford Fiesta R5 MKII, we plan to unlock this for all players once the World Series ends in early 2021. In the meantime, give it a go in Time Trial – it’s rather quick.

McRae’s Title: The Story of 1995

Last week we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Colin McRae’s victory in the World Rally Championship, a title which ultimately led to the development of the original Colin McRae Rally. The ’95 season was a topsy-turvy one with retirements, disqualifications, team orders, sudden punctures and many more things at play, and if you’ve not experienced it before it’s well worth looking back on. Catch our video and summary here, or read up on DirtFish’s excellent series of articles, detailing the season as it happened.

That’s all from me this week; and if you’ll excuse me I’m off to try and beat this rapid onboard’s Stage time.

– PJ

 

PROJECT CARS 3

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Racers, start your engines! It’s time for another round-up of all things Project CARS 3. From community highlights to revisiting forgotten racing circuits, plus the latest Rivals Challenge, let’s take the best racing line into this week’s update.

Virtual Photography

Games photography is a unique aspect of our community, and we were lucky enough to get the inside scoop with one of the community’s most famed virtual photographers, Craig “Torque” Whitaker. He gave us a peek into the creative process of virtual photography and shared some tips for beginners. You can read about his work and some tips and advice in the Driving Seat blog post.

If that inspired you to begin snapping some Project CARS 3 photos of your own, please don’t be shy and share them with us on social media. We’ll be highlighting the best shots for our community.

Legendary Circuits

In Project CARS 3, you can drive many historic racing cars from the world of motorsport. But you can also drive those legends on long-forgotten racetracks, such as the old Monza and Rouen-les-Essarts, depicted in their prime form for your driving pleasure. Catch up on our latest feature to learn more about these legendary race circuits: Lost Legends come to Life in Project CARS 3.

Rivals Challenge

Have you been keeping up with this month’s Rivals Mode challenges? The latest weekly Rivals Mode event sees you race the mythical McLaren F1 with its beastly-sounding 6.1L V12. Be sure to watch our guide video and find that extra tenth of a second that you need to beat your rival. You can also keep track of all weekly events, and check who is topping the leaderboards, on our dedicated Rivals Challenge page.

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

– Fernando

 

F1® MOBILE RACING

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Over in our free-to-play official handheld F1 title, we’re paying tribute to a true legend of the sport, with the Michael Schumacher Event! With the Event Pass, you automatically receive a special Schumacher livery and each GP Event offers a chance to win a different Schumacher themed livery or helmet, recently added to the game. More info on the Schumacher liveries and helmets are over in our FAQ page.

With Esports still rolling on and our live GP Events as hotly contested as ever, it’s a perfect time to jump in and compete on iOS or Android. We’re also getting in on the Black Friday spirit, too – keep an eye on the in-game Shop over Friday and the weekend for some unmissable deals.

– Chris

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

You know what time it is. Thanksgiving and Black Friday means some seriously tasty deals, and over on Steam, we’re bringing you just that with a slew of critically-acclaimed titles. From F1 2020, GRID, DiRT Rally 2.0, F1 Race Stars (!!) and more, head here to see a host of Codies titles on sale for PC at up to 75% off!

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