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Codies Racing Line – December 10, 2020

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Time to answer one of life’s true burning questions. As we sled into December, I’m sure it’s on your mind as well, to put this query to bed, once and for all. Is this, truly, the most wonderful time of the year?

The festive period is great and all, but it’s up against some stiff competition. New Year is normally pretty cool. So are birthdays, all other public holidays, and the entire summer is a strong contender. This year, though, this statement is probably dead on. With the next generation of consoles in our hands, a slew of new games to play through (particularly Codies games, right?) and the cold weather giving us an excuse to stay tucked up indoors, it does seem rather wonderful. We’re sure Andy Williams was all too aware of these points when releasing this banger in 1963.

Anyway, a wonderful time like this in the gaming world needs a round-up, specifically on live Codemasters titles, which are dashing through the snow as we speak. Kick back, reach for those mince pies, and find out how our racing games are making this December extra-special…

F1® 2020

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Hello! Welcome to this week’s Racing Line! The year’s coming to an end, but F1® 2020 news isn’t slowing down – let’s get straight into it…

Before we go any further, we’d like to wish Romain Grosjean the best after his crash in the Bahrain Grand Prix. It was great to see him back in the paddock at the Sakhir Grand Prix, and we know that you’ll join us in wishing him a speedy recovery.

Talking about the Sakhir Grand Prix, it was a good one, wasn’t it? We made some special screenshots after George Russell stepped in for Lewis Hamilton after he tested positive for coronavirus. We hope Lewis gets well soon, but you can see the screenshots we posted here:

F2™ 2020

You’ve been waiting for it for a while, and now it’s here. Yesterday, we released the F2™ 2020 cars in a free update to F1® 2020. If you haven’t taken the 2019 F2™ cars out in F1® 2020, now’s the perfect time to try out the original F2™ 2020 calendar. They’re a little bit different from an F1® car, with less downforce and no power steering, so you’ll need to brake a lot earlier and be more cautious into the corners if you’re taking out F2™ cars for the first time.

You can read more about the F2™ 2020 update here, and check out the patch notes right here. Feel free to send us your F2™ 2020 screenshots – we’d love to see you taking them out in F1® 2020!

Free Trial

Not tried out F1® 2020 yet? If you’re new to F1® games, or if you haven’t managed to check it out, you can now give it a spin with the free trial on Xbox One and PlayStation®4! Find out more about our free trial in our guide below:

Beginner’s Guides

New to F1® games? Or maybe you’re a veteran who wants a quick refresher on how things work? Our guides are just the thing. Our latest guide is on (funnily enough) the racing line:

You can check out our YouTube playlist right here of guides. We’re adding to it all the time, so make sure you bookmark it to come back to.

See you next time!

– Jenny

 

DIRT 5

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Let’s go up another gear, shall we? Ever since launch we’ve been busy listening to your feedback, reading your reports and seeing how we can make your DIRT 5 experience even more enjoyable. Update 2.00, the first major update for the game, is on the way, turning plenty of that feedback into actions.

Whilst the finishing touches are made, we wanted to keep you in the loop on what you can expect to be new and different in DIRT 5 when this arrives. Make sure to check out our recent deep dive on Update 2.00, with news on changes in key areas mentioned by players, a couple of important fixes, and the addition of wheel support. Plenty more info on the latter is in that blog post, and we’ll continue to listen to your feedback on this new addition as it rolls out in the next few days.

We’re full speed ahead with plenty of regular community activities in the meantime, particularly Playground of the Week – our weekly chance to crown one of your creations as the very best of the bunch in our brand new mode. In case you’re new around here: Playgrounds is DIRT 5’s custom race map creator, giving you a completely blank slate and huge array of objects to design the event of your dreams, including checkpoint-based races or Gymkhana runs. Create whatever you can imagine, show it off to the world, and see if you get featured!

– Chris

 

DIRT RALLY 2.0

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Hey everyone, PJ here with a quick catchup on the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series.

DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series – Round 3 Finals

Round 3 of the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series ended last week with another set of broadcasts, hosted by our resident rally driver Jon Armstrong and World Rallycross Championship commentator Andrew Coley.

As expected, it was another fine display of performance from our drivers across Xbox, PlayStation and Steam, but not without its drama, especially in the Rallycross events. If you missed any of the action, you can catch it all here. You won’t have to wait long for more top-level play, as our best-performing players from all three rounds are now preparing for the Semi-Finals. They’ll be live on December 19 and you can watch them in all the usual places.

That’s all for now, catch you again soon.

–  PJ

 

PROJECT CARS 3

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Hello and welcome to another entry in the Racing Line blog! Take your positions on the grid, as we’re about to go for another round-up of all that’s been happening in the world of Project CARS 3 and the Slightly Mad Studios team.

Update #3
First sector of the lap is Update 3 for Project CARS 3. Along with various improvements, and the implementation of Logitech’s new TrueForce racing wheels technology for the PS4 and PC platforms, this update also brings a new circuit into the game. Check out more details here.

See December in with Style (Pack)
The Style Pack DLC that will release on December 15th will include three brand new and highly-anticipated road cars; the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37, and the Hennessey Venom F5. Also included in the pack is the usual array of new customisation items for both your cars and drivers.

From December 15th, all Season Pass holders will be able to download this pack for free, and it’s also available to purchase from your platform’s digital store.

But wait, that’s not all! As part of the update and DLC, a new circuit is also included and is free for all Project CARS 3 players: this is the Bahrain International Circuit, the first circuit to be awarded the FIA Institute Centre of Excellence award. It comes with four layouts as well: GP, Inner, Outer, and Paddock.

Best One-Spec Racing Series
We continue our car feature blog series, this time highlighting two great one-spec racing machines from the 1990s. Find out what makes the Ferrari F355 Challenge and the Lamborghini Diablo GT-R so special in: Best One-Spec Racing Series.

Guides
Over the last few months, we’ve been releasing a series of video guides for Project CARS 3, giving you helpful tips on how to improve your racecraft and driving skills. The most recent techniques we tackled are trail braking and how to all wheel drive; both essential techniques to shave precious seconds of your lap time. Just in case you missed out any of our previous guides, here’s a handy YouTube playlist for you.

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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A dramatic fortnight of racing almost brings us to the end of the real-world F1 season – but the action never stops in F1® Mobile Racing! Particularly right now, with the Esports Leagues in full swing, we’re seeing some intense competition in our free-to-play handheld game, out now on iOS and Android. Congratulations to user ‘HIGHSPEEDLOWDRAG’ for topping the leaderboards this month with a whopping 3271 Duels! That takes them one step further along the Esports challenge, with some mega prizes on offer to the overall winner.

Finally, thanks for your patience today as we roll out Update 16 for F1® Mobile Racing. The team are aware that some players are currently having trouble accessing the game since the update – if that’s the case for you, head here for troubleshooting and workaround steps, whilst a full solution is worked on. Thank you!

– Chris

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS?

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– Extra, extra! Okay, it’s not quite a newspaper, but this is still pretty cool. Thank you to Official PlayStation Magazine (OPM) for choosing DIRT 5 to be one of its special edition covers for January 2021! You can nail down your copy already here.

– As you may’ve guessed, the Codemasters team will be temporarily dropping down a gear or two for the festive break, but not for long. With that in mind, the Racing Line will return in January, full of food, bubbly, and resolutions that will absolutely be broken by February. See ya!

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