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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Dirt2 Drops in 2009


Dirt2 is coming in 2009. There are some interesting surprises and perhaps some insights that we can draw from the game, or at least the press release. The popularity of Rally at X Games has made a serious impact on Rally and has changed the sport forever in the US. Rally is no longer simply real cars, real roads, real fast as touted by the sanctioning bodies, but real cars, real roads, jumping unreal shit. "This World Tour will have players competing in aggressive multi-car and intense solo races at extraordinary new locations, from canyon racing and jungle trails to city stadium-based events."

Here's a copy of the announcement and link to the interviewand more screen caps:

November 20, 2008 - Codemasters today announced that DiRT 2, the sequel to the acclaimed best-selling off-road racer of 2007, is now in development at Codemasters Studios for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Games For Windows LIVE with further editions for Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP system due for simultaneous release in 2009.

DiRT 2 will feature a roster of contemporary off-road events, taking players to the most diverse and challenging real-world environments. This World Tour will have players competing in aggressive multi-car and intense solo races at extraordinary new locations, from canyon racing and jungle trails to city stadium-based events.

"Rally racing has attracted new stars and a new style that makes it more vibrant and exciting than ever before; it's right up there as a premium extreme sport, attracting fresh crowds and a new confident attitude," said Gavin Raeburn, senior executive producer at Codemasters Studios.
This is a screen cap from the game. The only unrealistic part of the game is that you could beat Ken Block. Note the STPR number plate on Ken's car.

"DiRT 2 mirrors this new, exciting direction and, in a way, we'll be throwing off some of the shackles and constraints that real-world rallying has to abide by. We're pitching players against the most spectacular and dangerous environments in the real world."

Powered by the third generation of the EGO Engine's award-winning racing game technology, DiRT 2 will benefit from tuned-up car-handling physics system and new damage engine effects. It will also showcase a spectacular new level of visual fidelity, with cars and tracks twice as detailed as those seen in Race Driver: GRID.

The announcement confirms that the game will be headlined by Colin McRae, honoring the life of the rally legend. Colin McRae, who consulted on the series for over ten years, tragically died in a helicopter accident in September 2007. The decision to continue the famous series bearing his name was made jointly between the McRae family and Codemasters.

"Colin McRae was all about the speed, the excitement and the entertainment of rally driving. Even when we first worked with him over ten years ago, he captured a freedom and a spirit that enthralled rally fans." said Raeburn. "Later his showmanship shone through in events such as the X-games, the Dakar Rally and the Race of Champions. He could do things with a car that no one else would and that's where we're taking the series with new events at the extreme edge of rally and autosport. It will be a great tribute to an incredible champion."

DiRT 2's garage will house a best-in-class collection of officially licensed rally cars and off-road vehicles, specifically selected to deliver aggressive and fast paced racing. Covering seven vehicle classes, players will be given the keys to powerful vehicles right from the off. In DiRT 2 the opening drive is the Group N Subaru; essentially making the ultimate car from the original game the starting point in the sequel and the rides just get even more impressive.

In addition to the World Tour, DiRT 2 will come complete with full online functionality that will be core to the overall experience, with head-to-head competitive online play and new social features to engage the racing community. Prepare for mud, gravel, dust and dirt too in DiRT 2, coming 2009. Sign up for the drive of your life at www.codemasters.com/dirt2.
43 vs. 34…Tanner in a Mitsubishi for 2009…