We’ve known it’s on the way for a long, long time but Codemasters have today announced Dirt 4, and it’s coming out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on 9th June.
It follows on from the success of Dirt Rally, but this is a fuller experience beyond the more finely honed simulation rallying, taking on the broader and more diverse events and disciplines of Dirt 2 and 3, and beyond. It will include RallyCross and buggy racing in Landrush.
Codemasters also have a new system called Your Stage, dubbing it a game changer. It’s an on-the-fly rally route creation tool, allowing for a randomly generated stage at the touch of a button. It can accommodate both players who want the longer, more technical routes and those who just want a quick blast through the countryside, letting you set up challenges and set times for your friends.
There’s over 50 cars in the game including the Ford Fiest R5, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI, Subaru WRX STI NR4, and Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2, and you’ll be able to take them through stages in Australia, Spain, Michigan, Sweden and Wales. As mentioned, this is also the official game of the FIA World RallyCross, including races at Montalegre, Lohéac Bretagne, Hell, Holjes & Lydden Hill.
If you’re a diehard racing fan, you can dive straight into the career mode and competitive online racing (both synchronous and asynchronous), but newcomers will also be able to get up to speed through the Dirt Academy training school based at DirtFish Rally School in Washington, USA, and Joyride’s simpler lap time challenges, shamsh challenges and free-play areas.
Underneath it all, you can choose to play with more friendly handling or turn the game engine to the simulation physics model based on that of Dirt Rally. Naturally, that extends to being able to tune your vehicle set up and having damage and repairs in the game.
We’re going hands on with the game today, and will have a preview in the not too distant future!
Oh, and before you ask, this is all coming from the team at Codemasters Southam, with the dev team formerly known as Evolution Studios working on their own new IP.
— Paul Rustchynsky (@Rushy33) January 26, 2017
Source: a press release and being sat in the corner writing this up during the Dirt 4 presentation