The much-anticipated Pikes Peak Hillclimb has been added to Dirt Rally as part of a substantial free update bringing the game up to version V.0.4.
The famous circuit has been recreated in DiRT Rally in two variants: the traditional mixed surface course last seen in Colin McRae DiRT and, for the first time in a racing game, its modern-day tarmac version.
You'll also be able to put three purpose-built Pikes Peak rally cars through their paces on the challenging circuit, as the update adds the iconic Audi Sport Quattro S1 Pikes Peak, Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak and Peugeot 205 T16 to the Hillclimb class – all of which have also been reprised from DiRT 3.
As part of Codemasters' new-found focus on realistic physics, tackling the Pikes Peak hillclimb will be no easy task, as DiRT Rally will simulate the adverse effects driving at such high altitude will have on your engine, causing you to adjust your driving style accordingly.
Elsewhere, the update brings a host of improvements, including updates to the AI drivers to make them more competitive, as well as changes to the UI and some new official team liveries for existing car models. Furthermore, engineer slots are now unlocked based on the distance you've driven, rather than in-game cash.
- New – Added over 4,300 metres of rock otherwise known as Pikes Peak
- New – Or old depending how you look at it, yes that’s right we’ve also added the mixed surface version of Pikes Peak too
- New – Each route on Pikes Peak is available with a variety of weather conditions (SunnyRainOvercastClear)
- New – Hillclimb car class featuring the Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak, the Peugeot 205 T16 Pikes Peak and the Audi Sport Quattro S1 Pikes Peak.
- New – Hillclimb career mode and full support for Online Events and Leagues
- New – Added a few tutorial messages and hints and tips to some menus and loading screens
- New – Sent all our AI drivers back to rally school, turns out they were struggling to keep up with you guys so expect a bit more of a challenge from now on
- New – Your changes in position are now shown on the event and championship standings
- New – Added a message to let you know when you’ve been promoted or relegated in Championship mode
- New – 13 new achievements for all you unlock and rub in your friends faces.
- New – Added the ability to map clutch and gears for the following steering wheels: Logitech Driving Force EX, Logitech Driving Force GT, Logitech Driving Force Pro, Logitech MOMO Racing Wheel, Thrustmaster F430 Force Feedback Racing Wheel, Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience Racing Wheel, Thrustmaster RGT FF Pro, Microsoft Wireless Xbox 360 Racing Wheel
- New – Added analogue handbrake support
- Change – Engineer slots now unlock based on distance driven rather than spending your hard earned credits
- Change – When using a wheel the ragdoll shake effect is now turned off
- Change – Custom Events now use the full fat versions of the cars rather than the poor mans versions
- Change – Improved our Steam error reporting, this won’t really change anything for you right now but it will help us in the future in particular with getting to the bottom of error 41 issues
- Change – Made it clearer when you can’t afford a car
- Change – Improved the messages which tell you what the different game modes are
- Change – Custom events now tell you if a stage is a “Long” or “Sprint” (short) version
- Change – Changed certain title headers in the leagues reward screens to make it clearer where you finished
- Change – The weekly event is now six stages instead of four
- Fix – If you’re using a H-Pattern with clutch setup, the game no longer shifts to neutral when contact with your kit is lost.
- Fix – Turns out that sometimes the AI would overshoot the start line, we’ve had a word with them about it
- Fix – Hand braking when using manual clutch now no longer locks all four wheels on the Ford Fiesta
- Fix – Position indicators will now stop showing the incorrect information
- Fix – Fixed a weird thing that would sometimes let you have more than one go at an online event (bet you’re gutted you didn’t notice that one)
- Fix – Ever been caught in an infinite loop of disconnects and reconnects at the end of an online event? Yeah, we fixed that.
- Audio – Increased overall volume of game audio
- Audio – Co-driver should now be clearer
- Audio – Fixed volume issues of cockpit cameras not lowering in volume when changed in options.
- Audio – Clearer audio feedback on skidding and locking
- Audio – Fixed gear grind for stuck gears
- Audio – Collisions should be more obvious
- Audio – Landings should now sound better
- Audio – New aero sound effects
- Car update – The Fiat 131 Abarth now has historically accurate rear lights
- Car update – The Fiat 131 Abarth now features the Rallysport Development livery
- Car update – The Ford Escort Mk II now features the Phil Collins’ livery
- Car update – The Lancia Fulvia HF now features the Lancia livery.
- Car update – The Peugeot 205 T16 Evo 2 now features the Peugeot Sport livery
Are you looking forward to trying Pikes Peak in DiRT Rally?
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