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It's time for 0.9! Today’s version 0.9, dubbed Modern Masters, sees the introduction of two of the most influential rally cars in the last decade to the 2000s class: The Citroën C4 Rally 2010 and the Ford Focus RS Rally 2007. At their peak, these cars reigned supreme with their two litre turbo charged engines and highly sophisticated differentials.

The update also sees the introduction of the R4 class to DiRT Rally. Featuring the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and the Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2011, this class represents cars from two of the most iconic manufacturers in modern rallying.

In addition, as part of our continued commitment to Early Access the Modern Masters pack sees the Group B 4WD and Group A classes receiving the latest handling updates. We’ve also been hard at work adding community requested features as well as fixing a number of known issues.

Here’s the list of what’s new this month:

  • New R4 class with 2 cars (Subaru Impreza WRX STI & Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X)
  • 2 new cars added to 2000s class (Ford Focus RS Rally & Citroën C4 Rally)
  • v.2 Car Handling on R4, Group B 4WD and Group A
  • Additions and Community Requests:
    • Stage distance and elevation is now shown in stage information screen
    • Steering rotation in cockpit now matches actions of player when the driver arms are not shown.
    • Manual control for headlights and wipers 
    • New liveries featured on some cars including the Repsol livery on the Lancia Delta
    • Countdown timer added for the last 60 seconds of a Rallycross race
    • Grid Order and Assists added to session options in PVP
    • Player preferences is now available in the Lobby and Online Service Area

·         Fixes

o    Fixed the CPU detection so the correct thread strategy is chosen for your PC. This fixes the stuttering issues that we may have introduced in v0.8, sorry about that!

o    The achievement “Visceral... but in the correct meaning of the word” is now only unlockable when meeting the required criteria. This should mean it is a proper challenge to unlock again.

o    The timing of some co-driver calls for Finland have been adjusted, they won’t be as early in some places. Also, they’ve got a bit braver so they’ve raised their volume a bit too.

o    Advanced Custom Wheel configurations are now saving correctly, Clutch deadzone and saturation settings will now be saved with wheel settings too. Yay!.

o    Animal protection services have been on the phone so we’ve had to move the wildlife on some stages to safety.

o    Issues with systems crashing at the start of a stage when using AMD Crossfire are now resolved.

o    The game will save after you receive your rewards from online events – yeah, they didn’t do that before.

o    Fixed a crash that would occur if you exited to the menus in a Rallycross event at the semi-finals  .

o    Fixed the Logitech G29 actionmap so you can navigate the menus correctly – we finally got hold of one to test it out.

o    Fixed repair puncture OSD text remaining on screen after the player retires.

o    Fixed the wrong points being displayed for entrants when any of the reverse grid options were enabled in PvP.

o     “Gotta Get Me One of These” and “Any Given Sunday” achievements both now unlock when completed in any relevant online event.

o    Spectating another player crash at high speed in PVP will no longer break the camera changing system.

o    The mouse cursor will now hide when the mouse is not moved for a short period of time, solving the issue where the mouse cursor would remain on screen when played in windowed mode.

o    AI difficulty levels should now be working within league play.

Feel free to stop by on the forums and let us know what you think or just to say hi!

 

Love,

 

The DiRT Team

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'Here is the new content in action, for all of you who still have to work or wait for the download to finish :) 
Cheers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ked3QVvYczE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnaD5d5wr6Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E6FJsIZTU0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vITAwyFdHPY

Overall quite happy with it (Group B feels really awesome now, great work). Although I'm still missing the 2015 WRX STI R4....
But the hope is still up for Winter wonderland, since they confrmed in the stream that 'more modern cars than in Modern Masters' will come with winter wonderland, which means at least 5... let one be the 2015 STI please 

P.S. AWESOME work on the engine notes of  the Evo and STI, you really hear that Turbo tchirping :) !

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no Sweden location is included..?                                                                                         

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no Sweden location is included..?                                                                                         
Thats a different update, later in the month

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KevM said:
no Sweden location is included..?                                                                                         
Thats a different update, later in the month
ah ok thanks very much.. :)

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Honestly. I was expecting a lot more cars. Like 15 or something.

o    Animal protection services have been on the phone so we’ve had to move the wildlife on some stages to safety.   ----- it's a game...

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Honestly. I was expecting a lot more cars. Like 15 or something.

o    Animal protection services have been on the phone so we’ve had to move the wildlife on some stages to safety.   ----- it's a game...
yeah 6.5 gb is big and no much content , the game is already big on disc around 30gb and i guess will go near 50gb in final version probably with the rest content and some extra dlc content later.. :o

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The WRC ford focus this any fantastic thing .. Very good work that these gentlemen are doing with this game. this is the way.

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Loving the game but wanted to feed back that the person writing these updates is pitching them really well, they make me feel like I've done a good thing and am part of a positive community by supporting the game in early access.

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Four cars not enough for some? I'll be so busy playing with the headlights, wipers, and seat that I might not have time to get to them all.

And a big thank you to Codies for including the stage length and bonus gift of elevation difference!

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I kind of remember that you mentioned during the last broadcast the possibility to export / import car setups. Have not yet downloaded the full update (low bandwidth at the moment) so I cannot check if present or not, do you confirm?

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 o    Animal protection services have been on the phone so we’ve had to move the wildlife on some stages to safety.
So, was there a bug with the animals, or did you guys actually get a call and have to move animals that you can't hit? I know the "animals are people too" people got mad at Far Cry.

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oguzkaan said:
 :( 
Just 4 cars its disappointment for me!

Are you kidding me? 
i am also disappointed. Not that it is only 4 cars but that i do not consider them modern rally cars. If you had DiRT2 and DiRT3 you really need some proper new modern rally cars like the DS3, Polo, Hyundai, maybe a skoda (we never had one in the dirt series), 208 etc. The focus is from 07 not really modern anymore. The game is nice but not more then that. I understand the new guys that play the dirt series for the first time a R4 is huge but if you played all the games in the dirt series it is getting repetitive concerning the cars so i am disappointed. We DiRT3 fans waited since 2011 to get a DS3 etc and now it is 2015 and what do we get, right not what we waited for. I bought this game for those cars and looking back it was a mistake by me buying it so early. I also read that a lot of people there will be more content after the final release. Let me say this, maybe a patch but you will not get a new track or car. It is not how Codemasters works. I will give the game a 6.5, all i like is the Ford Fiesta RS, Peugeot 306 and the german track all the other stuff i don´t like, the game is for me a huge dissapointment. DiRT2 and Dirt3 were a lot more fun and looked way better. Oh btw before you burn me to the ground it is my opinion  and i am allowed to have one just like you.

It would have been better if Codemasters released a major update for DiRT3 with new added sim settings, 4 new tracks and 12 new cars (modern and historic). A lot of people wold have payed for it and we did not had this half ass game with no modern rally cars except for the modern rallycross cars but hey i am a rally fan and i want those cars for rallying. 

Codemasters can you at least create the option to race all cars on all tracks, this would save the game for me a little bit.

To be honest, i am losing the fun in rally games because of all this. I don´t even have fun in creating new liveries for this game. We need something like WRC5 content wise (all the tracks and cars from the official wrc) and the look, sound and feel of DiRT3 then we have a perfect rally game. So please Codemasters stop creating rally games with old stuff, get the WRC or ERC license.

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Took (not)Steve's Focus out for a test drive in Finland (cos I don't have the credits to buy it yet), & it's awesome!  Destroyed my fastest time on my first run!!  

Now for a bit of Loeb action in the C4 :)

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Oh quit bitching about these insignificant things you ungrateful otters. It's not Codemasters' fault that they can't get the correct licenses.

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dwkGravey said:
Four cars not enough for some?
I'd be perfectly happy if they stopped adding new cars, or at least stopped adding the really expensive ones. Yes, I know that's a pretty silly statement. I just can't keep up with the credit demands. Perhaps we can we get an economy rebalance instead?

I am looking forward to trying the Evo, it's a car I see fairly regularly at our local rallies. Then time to start saving for the Focus and C4.

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hoonhead said:
It would have been better if Codemasters released a major update for DiRT3 with new added sim settings, 4 new tracks and 12 new cars (modern and historic). A lot of people wold have payed for it and we did not had this half ass game with no modern rally cars except for the modern rallycross cars but hey i am a rally fan and i want those cars for rallying.

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So please Codemasters stop creating rally games with old stuff, get the WRC or ERC license.
Ah, armchair game development. It all sounds so easy!

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hoonhead said:
oguzkaan said:
 :( 
Just 4 cars its disappointment for me!

Are you kidding me? 
i am also disappointed. Not that it is only 4 cars but that i do not consider them modern rally cars. If you had DiRT2 and DiRT3 you really need some proper new modern rally cars like the DS3, Polo, Hyundai, maybe a skoda (we never had one in the dirt series), 208 etc. The focus is from 07 not really modern anymore. The game is nice but not more then that. I understand the new guys that play the dirt series for the first time a R4 is huge but if you played all the games in the dirt series it is getting repetitive concerning the cars so i am disappointed. We DiRT3 fans waited since 2011 to get a DS3 etc and now it is 2015 and what do we get, right not what we waited for. I bought this game for those cars and looking back it was a mistake by me buying it so early. I also read that a lot of people there will be more content after the final release. Let me say this, maybe a patch but you will not get a new track or car. It is not how Codemasters works. I will give the game a 6.5, all i like is the Ford Fiesta RS, Peugeot 306 and the german track all the other stuff i don´t like, the game is for me a huge dissapointment. DiRT2 and Dirt3 were a lot more fun and looked way better. Oh btw before you burn me to the ground it is my opinion  and i am allowed to have one just like you.

It would have been better if Codemasters released a major update for DiRT3 with new added sim settings, 4 new tracks and 12 new cars (modern and historic). A lot of people wold have payed for it and we did not had this half ass game with no modern rally cars except for the modern rallycross cars but hey i am a rally fan and i want those cars for rallying. 

Codemasters can you at least create the option to race all cars on all tracks, this would save the game for me a little bit.

To be honest, i am losing the fun in rally games because of all this. I don´t even have fun in creating new liveries for this game. We need something like WRC5 content wise (all the tracks and cars from the official wrc) and the look, sound and feel of DiRT3 then we have a perfect rally game. So please Codemasters stop creating rally games with old stuff, get the WRC or ERC license.
You're asking for something that isn't within DR's reach right now, and I don't really think you understand how challenging and non-linear game development is. It's a lot more than just coding, and that in itself is hard. 

You have to realise they're working on a smaller budget than other companies, and they're not actually finished adding cars, because it's already been stated that new ones are coming, more modern ones. 

It's also been stated that there have been a lot of licensing issues along the way, most likely to do with budget and/or people who hold the licenses being tight.

This game hasn't even been properly released yet, and is still in an early access state, so giving it criticisms like this is a bit harsh anyway. I think you misunderstand what this team are working with in regards to resources.

I'm happy with the content so far (which hasn't all been released yet, with new stages and cars to come), and it just so happens to be built into a quality game which the team has worked really hard on. I'd have quality over quantity any day, but I think that so far the quantity is good enough for it's current stage of development. 

As a footnote, it's not as easy as just saying "Codies get the WRC license", and on top of that it's already been explained by the team that the ERC doesn't really have diverse enough stages to make it worthwhile developing, and I fully agree. 

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