DiRT Rally was undeniably a fantastic game. Receiving high praise from players and critics alike, the rally simulation offered a fresh take on the iconic DiRT franchise, set with a wonderful handling model and fantastic graphics. Now, more than 3 years on from release, Codemasters have unveiled the sequel – DiRT Rally 2.0. Once again, out and out simulation takes centre stage in the latest in a long line of rally titles from Codemasters. Between officially licensed World Rallycross cars and tracks, and a wide range of rally icons from various eras – there’s enough content to keep even the most hardcore players satisfied.
Launching with 8 tracks from the 2018 WRX calendar, and plenty of cars from the current grid too, DiRT Rally 2.0 promises to offer the most realistic WRX experience of any game. Building from DiRT 4’s rendition of the series, DiRT Rally 2.0 adds an extra layer of simulation thanks to its impressive handling model. While DiRT 4 offered 2 different handling models; simulation and arcade, DiRT Rally 2.0 has just one setting. That means all players will get to experience the challenges that come with rally driving in as realistic a way as possible.
The headlining content for DiRT Rally 2.0 is definitely the addition of the Rally Argentina track, as well as the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Polo R5 World Rally Championship car. Rally Argentina is revered as one of the most technical rally stages on the WRC calendar, and so will provide a new challenge for returning players from the first DiRT Rally game. The brand-new Polo has only just entered the public eye, with it not having competed in a rally stage as of yet. It is impressive then that Codemasters have been able to work so closely with Volkswagen to secure the inclusion of what is expected to be a formidable WRC contender over the coming months.
Aside from new content, DiRT Rally 2.0 also brings plenty of technical upgrades, including physics and handling model tweaks. For the first time players will be able to select which tyre compound they wish to use, although the specifics as to how this will work are still unclear. In addition to this, track degradation has been built into the game. This means that players starting further down the grid will have to contend with the tyre grooves and shifted material from previous cars. There will be a noticeable alteration in how the car handles when driving along a worn track, meaning starting higher up the grid will have an even greater advantage.
Post launch, Codemasters have planned six months’ worth of content to keep players satisfied, with plans to extend post launch content updates if players show an interest. The post launch support will be split into seasons, with the first 2 each including 3 new environments to race on – split between rally and rallycross content. Players who pre-order the Deluxe Edition will get access to all this post launch content, as well as the Porsche 911 RGT Rally Spec car, and 5 early vehicle unlocks. These include the following:
DiRT Rally 2.0 will launch on February 26th, 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. However, those who opt for the Deluxe Edition will receive four days of early access from February 22nd, 2019, as well as upgraded starter cars for ‘My Team,’ alongside additional in-game bonuses and high-reward events. According to Codemasters, additional information on the ‘seasons’ of downloadable content being made available for DiRT Rally 2.0 will be revealed in the future, so be sure to stay tuned for more details leading up to its release.
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