Before the release of DIRT 5 on October 9, developer Codemasters released details about the features of the Off-Racing-Sim. If there are still doubts about the philosophy of DIRT 5, the numerous functions confirm that Codemasters wants to open up the arcade roots of the series. There’s a trailer with new features if you prefer your messages in a bite-size visual format.
Robert Karp, Head of Development at DIRT 5, explains:
The trailer gives players an insight into the world of DIRT 5 and the breadth of content and functions they expect. But we still have a few things under wraps, including a feature never seen before in the DIRT series. If racing fans want the roughest terrain, extreme weather and thrills on every corner, DIRT 5 offers all this and more. “
DIRT 5 offers players the most diverse range of franchise vehicles to date with a total of 13 different classes, from sprint cars to rock bouncers with traditional and modern rally vehicles and racing cars. Cars from world-famous manufacturers such as Subaru, Mistubishi and Ford are also represented. Codemasters also uses a paint editor that allows players to personalize their cars and a photo mode to capture the most exciting moments of every race.
DIRT 5 will transport players to 10 new, distant locations that have been built from scratch: Nepal, Arizona, Roosevelt Island, Norway, China, Morocco, Greece, Italy, South Africa and Brazil. Several events take place at each location, each with a distinctive design and color palette as well as dynamic extreme weather, which can change the appearance of an event at any time. Depending on the location, players can expect everything from sandstorms to snowstorms from light strikes.
DIRT 5’s motto is to surpass previous titles with a wealth of content, and offers more game modes and event types than ever before.
There’s the turn-based landrush on uneven terrain, where players bounce around on a course that’s full of jumps, challenges, and ever-changing weather and track conditions. Next up is Rally Raid, in which players navigate extreme off-road vehicles in point-to-point races. Ice Breaker drops players on tracks that are made entirely of ice and test their precision and drifting skills. In Stampede, the players race in rough cars through unforgiving landscapes littered with mud and sand. Newly added Path Finder is all about extreme off-road terrain with dizzying jumps and rock trails.
Sprint returns and pushes vehicles with disgustingly large wings to breakneck speeds on round and oval tracks. The crazy Gymkhana mode is also returning for the first time since the DIRT showdown with specially built stunt arenas from jumps, donut spots and drift zones. Aim for the high score by lining up the tricks within the time limit. In the time trial, the players vie for the best time in point-to-point or distance runs. Finally, we have Ultra Cross, a circuit-based mode that is run on varied terrain and channels the classic rally cross.
Codemaster has also announced that owners of DIRT 5 on PlayStation 4 can upgrade the game to PlayStation 5 for free, along with the previously announced Smart Delivery upgrade for players moving from Xbox One to Xbox Series X.
DIRT 5 will launch on October 9, 2020 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia and PC via Steam. The versions for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will land next to the consoles later in the year.