DIRT 5 is still almost five months from release, so it came as a big surprise this week when Team VVV were invited for an early hands-on this eagerly awaited game to see where the franchise is heading.
DIRT 5 is also an early crossover release for the new generation of consoles, with Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 conversions in the works, potentially providing a high-end PC quality in the home that will only get better.
It’s probably fair to say that DiRT 4 wasn’t the game anyone wanted, it had lots of interesting ideas, some very positive aspects but didn’t know its place, be it arcade or simulation and with a package that was poorly weighted. The growth and success of DiRT Rally only served to confuse the brand and ultimately the game felt rather rushed.
So, it was with some trepidation that we received the announcement trailer; could Codemasters steer the brand back on course? First impressions from the demo released are very positive indeed. Graphics are top-notch, featuring a wide range of lighting particle effects combined with their usual high standard of audio. Vehicle handling is akin to more of an approachable sim, there is a range of driving techniques required when all assists are off, but it feels intuitive and that makes it great fun to play.
Check out our preview video for all the latest elements revealed below.
Suffice to say I enjoyed my time on the demo, it felt like a DiRT game, it was intuitive and yet I always sensed I could get more out of the car or just enjoyed the feeling of speed. Providing there is enough overall content this game could pick up where DiRT 3 left off 9 years earlier.
There’s a lot of potential and hopefully, the best aspects won’t be left behind a DLC paywall. We’ll keep a close eye on developments and crossover to the next-generation with great excitement. DiRT 5 releases October 9 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox Series X, and PlayStation 5.