The next Dirt game was teased just a few days ago, and now it’s shown up in the Xbox Series X game reveal showcase. Dirt 5 is coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, and PC, starting in October 2020. A Google Stadia version will follow in early 2021, while it’s confirmed that on Xbox it will leverage Smart Delivery for a free upgrade and cross-generational ownership.
This looks to be a much bigger game than previously, with a focus on the globe-trotting aspects of rally driving and head to head racing. Here’s the blurb from the trailer:
DIRT 5 writes a new chapter in the legacy of DiRT – bolder and braver than ever before. Travel the globe, tame the most incredible off-road machines with your friends, and be part of a vibe that delivers big on epic action, pure expression, and unbridled style.
The trailer showed off New York, China and Norway settings, but those environments have a new seasonality element, so you can race in New York in the winter or spring, and more, with the tracks having different gameplay depending on this. The variety of vehicles is also being amped up, going beyond the traditional rallying and buggying vehicles to more specialised left-only oval drift machines. It’s certainly sounds to be a far cry from the much more purist Dirt Rally series.
Interestingly, there’s more of a narrative focus to the career, with Nolan North and Troy Baker coming onboard to voice some of the characters and guide you through a non-linear racing journey.
On Xbox Series X, the game will have a locked 4K60 with an optional performance mode that allows for variable refresh rates up to 120Hz – the first game to be confirmed to feature this. The game will also feature split-screen multiplayer for up to four players.