DiRT 3 now has a tentative release date of 2011 and has a pretty impressive new trailer, which was shown during the X-Games 2010 on ESPN in the states this weekend.
Why was it shown during the X-Games? Well, the event featured heavily in last years Colin McRae DiRT 2, as does Ken Block, the American rally driver who partakes in the event and in the World Rally Championship. In this first trailer for the game, Ken’s new ride, the Ford Fiesta (in full Monster Energy livery) is followed through a number of different locations.
More importantly, it teases some new features for the game. Namely rain effects and snow events, making a return to the series, not seen since since the PlayStation 2 and original XBox Colin McRae Rally games. This could possibly hint at an increased focus on traditional rally racing. However, also featured are other rallycross cars (the legendary Ford RS200 and a Mitsubishi Evo X), which race side by side with the Fiesta, suggesting further ralycross events which were popular in the previous game.
Lastly, in a spectacular ending to the video, a power sliding Block drifts past and underneath and exploding lorry, just like in his now infamous Gymkhana driving videos. Unfortunately, none of it is in-game footage. Having said that, Codemasters haven’t made a dud rally game yet and we have high hopes for DiRT 3 when it arrives next year.
In the mean time, check out the trailer below and an amazing Ken Block driving video. A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon (after the F1).