Dirt Rally 2.0 wants to be the most au­then­tic rac­ing game ever made

PRE­PARE FOR THE MOST FRUS­TRAT­ING RIDE OF YOUR LIFE

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FOR­MAT: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE | PUB­LISHER: CODE­MAS­TERS | DE­VEL­OPER: IN-HOUSE | RE­LEASE: 26 FE­BRU­ARY 2019 | PLAY­ERS: TBC IT’S ALL ABOUT AU­THEN­TIC­ITY

1 Code­mas­ters found suc­cess with Dirt Rally three years ago, and is now ea­gerly pur­su­ing a se­quel, inch­ing ever closer to cre­at­ing the most au­then­tic off-road rac­ing game ever. Dirt Rally 2.0 is es­sen­tially a huge ex­pan­sion on ev­ery­thing the orig­i­nal did so well, with the team work­ing to tweak the minia­ture of the core driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and in­tro­duce a wide ar­ray of new con­tent.

RAL­LY­CROSS RE­TURNS

2 Dirt Rally 2.0 is the of­fi­cial li­censee of the FIA World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship, and you should ex­pect the con­tent to re­flect that. Code­mas­ters has promised it will launch in 2019 with the first rounds of the World RX Cham­pi­onship, with the cir­cuits found in the lat­ter end of the com­pe­ti­tion in­cluded as up­dates as the sea­son pro­gresses. Code­mas­ters is ea­gerly an­swer­ing con­cerns that were raised over con­tent af­ter Dirt Rally launched in 2015 in im­pres­sive fash­ion.

THE ROS­TER IS EX­PAND­ING

3 Along­side a host of old favourites and all-new rides – such as the pow­er­house Audi S1 RX and Volkswagen Polo R, cars with an ac­cel­er­a­tion of 0-100kphin less than two sec­onds – Dirt Rally 2.0 is ac­tu­ally in­tro­duc­ing a com­pletely new class of ve­hi­cle to pro­ceed­ings in the form of the GT class.

This means the game will have a pretty sweet bal­ance be­tween speed and mus­cle across its ros­ter for the first time ever.

IT’S DRAW­ING FROM REAL LIFE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

4 In an ef­fort to fur­ther im­prove au­then­tic­ity, Code­mas­ters is in­vest­ing heav­ily in the ex­pe­ri­ence of real rally cham­pi­ons and pro­fes­sional gamers. The stu­dio has touted the col­lab­o­ra­tions with

Jon Arm­strong and Ryan Cham­pion, with the real world and vir­tual rac­ers work­ing to help bet­ter cap­ture the feel of rally driv­ing and tweak the new han­dling model be­ing in­tro­duced in 2.0.

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