The Pikes Peak Hill Climb may now only appear in Gran Turismo games - Team VVV

News The Pikes Peak Hill Climb may now only appear in Gran Turismo games


Martin Bigg


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Game: DiRT 4

Platform: PC, PS4, XBox One

Publisher: Codemasters

Release Date: 2019 (MacOS and Linux)

Well this is disappointing. The racing game community rejoiced when the EA's exclusivity license with Porsche finally expired after 10 years, paving the way for the prestigious manufacturer to appear in racing games other than Need for Speed. Now it looks as if it's going to be a similar situation with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Gran Turismo.

DiRT Rally Pikes Peak Hillclimb Audi QuattroEdit: The news has now been officially confirmed by Codemasters' Paul Coleman on the official community forum:  “yes, we signed it for DiRT Rally before it went exclusive but we can’t use it anymore,” he said.

The news comes from a recent DiRT 4 preview by Eurogamer, which mentions that  "Gran Turismo now has sole rights to Pike's Peak" when discussing DiRT 4's impressive procedural technology. While it's understandable that DiRT 4 won't have the authentic rally special stages from the official WRC license, the omission of Pikes Peak is disappointing, considering that the grueling 12.42-mile long course has been making appearances in recent rally games such as DiRT Rally and Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO.

For reference, the Pikes Peak Hillclimb hasn't been confirmed for Gran Turismo Sport yet, and it hasn't featured in the franchise since Gran Turismo 2 way back in 1999, despite claims that it would be included in Gran Turismo 5. Rumours that the Hillclimb circuit will be coming to the series have been rife since Gran Turismo became a 'Platinum Sponsor' of the event a few years ago.

Still, so far there hasn't been any official confirmation about the future of Pikes Peak's racing game appearances, so don't panic just yet.

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