Easily one of the racing game highlights of the year, Dirt Rally 2.0 has continued to grow since launch with a steady stream of updates and fresh content coming in a DLC season pass. Codemasters have even adopted a seasonal structure to how this is delivered, taking a leaf out of the books of esports and live service games like Fortnite and PUBG.
Kicking off on 27th August, Season 3 will continue the trend of reviving content from the first Dirt Rally and bringing it into the newer game’s tweaked rallying gameplay and graphics engine. It will complete the set of six locations with Argolis Greece and Jamsa Finland, alongside a new Rallycross (RX) location at Yas Marina Circuit and a smattering of extra cars.
Season 4 then focusses on RX, with a new RX location in South Africa, followed by Lydden Hill that’ll be familiar from Dirt Rally and Dirt 4. There’s also a bunch of 2019 versions of several RallyCross cars.
What’s mildly muddled is how all of this is brought to players. Ordinarily there would be a clearly defined Season Pass, but for Dirt Rally 2.0 this was bundled into the Deluxe Edition, whether you bought that version or an upgrade to it. Additionally, it only covered Seasons 1 and 2, so Seasons 3 and 4 are now additional purchases – we’re awaiting pricing details.
The blessing is that it’s all been available separately as well, with cars £1.15 each and rallies and RX tracks £2.89 to this point. That makes the pill of Codemasters settling for only revising pre-existing rallies instead of crafting new ones a little easier to swallow, as you can pick and choose or compare to the Season Pass price (£21.99 for S1&2).
All of the content will be fed out on a fortnightly basis, with Season 3 looking like this:
- Week 1: SUBARU Impreza (2001), Ford Focus RS Rally 2001
- Week 3: Argolis Greece, Special Livery Pack
- Week 5: Peugeot 306 Maxi, Seat Ibiza Kit Car
- Week 7: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, Special Livery Pack
- Week 9: Peugeot 206 Rally, Volkswagen Golf Kitcar
- Week 11: Jämsä Finland, Special Livery Pack
And Season 4 a little like this:
- Week 1: Killarney International Raceway, South Africa
- Week 3: Lydden Hill, UK, Special Livery Pack
- Week 5: Renault Clio R.S. RX, Renault Megane R.S. RX, Ford Fiesta Rallycross (MK8), Special Livery Pack
- Week 9: Peugeot 208 WRX, Ford Fiesta Rallycross (STARD)
- Week 11: Ford Fiesta RXS Evo 5, Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, Seat Ibiza RX, Special Livery Pack
Dirt Rally 2.0 was recently updated with a new DirtFish testing location for free, as well as a smattering of fresh liveries to slap onto cars. At least, that’s what console players got. PC players also got a free update adding virtual reality support to the game for HTC Vive and Valve Index via Steam, while the game is now available for Oculus Rift via the Oculus Store. There’s “no plans” to bring this to PlayStation VR, much to the disappointment of literally everyone ever.
Source: press release