One of the things I felt was lacking in Dirt Rally was the team management side of the career, with what few elements there were not really adding up to much. That game was really all about the rallying, and fantastic for that singular focus, but Dirt 4 takes on a much wider world of motorsport and, in the process, Codemasters are fleshing out the career mode and the team management that goes alongside it.
Previewing the features on their blog, they dive into the various aspects of the system. Just as in Dirt Rally, you get to hire staff to suit your needs, including engineers, PR agents, your co-driver and spotters who will call out other cars for you in Rallycross and Landrush races. Those staff all have particular contracts, but they now also have moods and both positive and negative traits that can affect your team.
As you’re more successful, you’ll want to hire more staff, and that’s partly dictated by your team’s facilities. More accommodations means you can hire more engineers, you can buy more cars if you have a bigger garage, and keep your team’s spirits high with good food.
Of course, all of that costs money, and one of the first things you’ll be doing when you start the career is picking a team name, colours, livery, sponsors and driver number. That all spreads across to your team’s overalls, the transport lorry, and so on. This is also where you can sort out sponsorship deals to keep your team in the black, and having abetter PR agent can get you better terms and maintain a good relationship with your sponsors to keep that money flowing.
Fall upon hard times, however, and you might need to flog a car or two. The garage keeps track of all your vehicle, their specs, how far they’ve been driven, and how often you’ve had to repair them. That all affects their resale value, if you feel the need to sell up, but it’s also here in the Dealership and Classifieds that you can pick up new and used cars that tickle your fancy.
It certainly sounds like some serious thought and effort has gone into fleshing out this side of the game that, while not as vital as the actual racing, can still amount to a big part of a racing game.
Dirt 4 is out on 9th June for PS4, Xbox One and PC, and you can read our first hands on impressions from the game here.
- Developer:Codemasters Southam
- Platforms:PS4, XBO, PC
- Release Date:09/06/17