British developer and publisher Codemasters was founded in 1986. Since then, they released the ground-breaking Micro Machines, Operation Flashpoint, and of course Colin McRae: DiRT. It was the sixth game in the Colin McRae rally series of games, all of which were developed by Codemasters. It was also the last game to be released before the rally legend’s untimely death in 2007. All of the games that came after this in the series were simply called DiRT, although DiRT: Showdown came first. These games took the series in a new direction, focusing on a more arcade-style rally game, including demolition derbies. The most recent and enjoyable entry in the series, set to release in a few months, is DiRT 5.
DiRT 5 is set to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors, delivering a high octane racing game with races taking place in most forms of rally, including rallycross, stage rally, and hill climb events. There are buggies, muscle cars, Group B, and so many more, it’s practically guaranteed there is going to be a division and form that suits you in DiRT 5. If arcade racing isn’t your style, there’s always WRC 9, the more hardcore and far more realistic rival series developed by Kylotonn.
One of the most exciting features of the upcoming release is a return of the Arena and its special game-modes, which were all included in the previous installments but not with as much focus as in DiRT 5 because this game includes a custom Arena creator mode. It looks incredible and it’s going to add so much replayability to the series. The trailer shows an adrenaline-soaked race through the Cape Town Stadium in South Africa, which Codemasters say is a perfect location for their planned features.
DiRT 5 will be releasing on both Xbox One and Playstation 4 on November 6, 2020, with Codemasters offering a free upgrade to the next-gen console edition for anyone that buys it now.