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Codies Racing Line – February 25, 2021

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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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