Codemasters has dropped the first details on Dirt 5; the studio’s first racing game project for the next generation of consoles
As its name suggests, Dirt 5 isn’t a direct sequel to its hardcore predecessor, Dirt Rally 2.0. Instead, the new title will pick up where the mainline series left off in 2017 with Dirt 4, and feature what Codemasters describes as “an energised world of off-road racing”.
Much like previous Dirt games, Dirt 5 will let players race at an array of locales, ranging from marble mines in Italy to the frozen surface of New York’s East River. An exact number of locations has yet to be confirmed, though Codemasters has confirmed Dirt 5 will come with more than 70 routes, and players will have to contend with the challenges of dynamic weather conditions, too.
Likewise, Dirt 5’s car roster has yet to be revealed in full, though we do know some interesting machinery is coming to the game. Purpose-built rally cars such as the Citroen C3 R5 will be joined by iconic classics like the Lancia Stratos and Ford Escort RS Cosworth. Off-road buggies will be featured, too, as will cars you wouldn’t expect to see in a rally games, such as the classic Ford Mustang muscle car.
While Dirt 5 will feature an array of game modes (including one the developers cryptically suggests as “something you have never seen before from the Dirt franchise”), the meat and potatoes of the game will be the career mode. It seems to be a big departure from what’s come before in other Dirt game career modes, too: four-player splitscreen multiplayer will be supported, and Codemasters has enlisted the legendary voice actors Nolan North and Troy Baker to ring to life some of the campaign’s characters.
Lastly, Codemasters has confirmed Dirt 5 has been optimised to benefit of the extra power of the next gen consoles. Most notably, Dirt 5 will be able to run at up to 120 frames per second on the Xbox Series X, though Codemasters has yet to say what resolution is supported when the game is running at this frame rate.
Subject to any coronavirus-related delays, Dirt 5 will be released during October 2020 for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Versions for the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will be available when the new consoles are available, and the game will also come to the Google Stadia streaming service at some point in early 2021.