Codemasters has released a new trailer for DiRT Rally 2.0, its upcoming rally simulator for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC that’s due out on February 26th, 2019. The video, dubbed ‘Rally Through the Ages,’ shows off some of the most iconic vehicles in the history of rally racing.
These include the Alpine Renault A110 1600 S from the 1960s blitzing through New Zealand, the Ford Escort Mk II showing off what the 1970s were capable of in Australia, the Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 hitting the tarmac streets of Spain to epitomise the Group B power of the 1980s, and Colin McRae’s Subaru Impreza from 1995 experiencing the faultless autumnal backdrop of New England.
In addition to highlighting the cars of decades past, the trailer also shows off Codemasters’ new “stage degradation” feature in DiRT Rally 2.0. This simulation feature is designed to replicate the way surfaces evolve throughout the course of a rally event – and you can find out more about it below courtesy of the developer’s own rally consultant, Jon Armstrong.
“If you start first on the road you’re going to suffer from a lot of loose gravel, which means you’ll struggle for traction – and that makes it hard to put in a flowing stage with a good stage time,” he explains. “The optimal run time is probably around 5th – 10th place because you get that loose surface swept off, but it’s not too rough that it ruins your car or your rhythm.”
“The further down the running order you are from there, the more the surface is going to plough and rut, so you need to adjust your driving style and even your vehicle setup to cope with the evolving track,” Armstrong adds. “Even though you can drive down the same stage a thousand times, these stages are going to present a different challenge every time.”
DiRT Rally 2.0 is the official game of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, which is presented by Monster Energy. It’ll be available on Tuesday, February 26th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The developer has already confirmed that it will take advantage of the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro consoles, with support for 4K Ultra HD and HDR listed on Microsoft’s Xbox One X Enhanced website.
Those who wish to experience DiRT Rally 2.0 even earlier can do so by pre-ordering the Deluxe Edition of the game, which will become available on February 22nd. This version of the game will also grant players access to the first two seasons of post-release downloadable content once available at no additional cost. These seasons will each feature 3 new environments to race on – split between rally and rallycross content.
Stay tuned for more coverage on DiRT Rally 2.0 as we approach its February 2019 release date and for our hands-on impressions, be sure to read our exclusive first-look preview, featuring everything you need to know for the upcoming rally-focused simulation game.