DIRT RALLY 2.0
Codemasters reveals the thoroughly unclean Dirt Rally 2.0
MIX IT UP ON SOME OFFICIAL WORLDRX CIRCUITS.
Do you like dirt? Does a pool of mud delight you, and make you want to just get into it and roll around until the wet, brown substance begins to congeal and you become one with the filthy, filthy earth? If yes, then chances are you’re already a fan of rally, the motorsport that sees cars cleave through courses both on and off the road – and you’ll be thrilled to learn that Dirt Rally 2.0 is coming to PS4 on 26 Feb 2019.
Codemasters already did what it does best with the first Dirt Rally (we gave the sublime racer a 9/10 in OPM #122 if you want to dig the old issue out), so our engines are more than heating up with an announcement of a follow-up that promises to be an even dirtier ride.
One thing that’s certainly not all that grubby about the game is the number of official licenses. These help to recreate the sport in realistic detail, and provide that extra level of immersion for those who already follow the sport outside the gaming realm. Retaining and building on the licensed material present in the original game, Dirt Rally 2.0 is the official game of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. You can also expect to see all your favourite rally cars – from 2018 season’s modern cars to retro classics – and to mix it up on some official WorldRX circuits too. Where the first game offered a large selection of stages over three locations, Dirt Rally 2.0 is putting its jetsetting cap on to take the racing to six real-world rally locations.
The sequel is retaining the simulation-style rally racing that was so good in the first game, so you can expect things to feel just as great, if not better, this time around. It’s a sport that’s really geared around that feeling of physicality as the cars take on different types of road, so the realistic physics are great to see in a game like this, and with Dirt Rally 2.0 not only do the cars and tracks look nicer, but they appear to handle even more viscerally too.
Pre-orders of the game will include a Porsche 911 RGT Rally Spec, and the Deluxe Edition brings with it some extra goodies for the
truly Dirt Rally-devoted. It’ll include access to the first two post-launch seasons of Dirt Rally 2.0, which have been announced as including three new locations each, split between rally and rallycross-type races.
On top of that the Deluxe Edition will come with some early car unlocks, in-game bonuses, and better starter cars, and purchasers will get the game four days earlier, on 22 Feb as opposed to 26 Feb. It seems early unlocks for higher value editions of games are becoming more the norm, but if you really can’t wait to get muddied up and revel in the sheer dirtiness of rampaging round in a rally car, then it’s not one to sleep on.
Expect a full hands-on with Dirt 2.0 in a forthcoming issue.
On the road or off it, rubber’s going to fly, and things will definitely get messy.