The release of DIRT 5 has been pushed back from mid-October to the start of November, with the game now set to launch for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on 6th November. However, this will seemingly not affect the next-gen versions of the game, which are still planned to arrive on PS5 and Xbox Series X later this year.
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— DIRT (@dirtgame) September 7, 2020
The game was originally expected on 9th October, but this was nudged back by a week to 16th October before this latest delay. Unfortunately for Codemasters, they’ve had to push things back by another couple of weeks, which is putting them right in the mix with everything from Cyberpunk 2077 to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which are releasing in and around the next-gen console launches expected in November.
Of course, Dirt 5 was always a cross-gen game, with free upgrades and cross-gen ownership on both Xbox and PlayStation platforms but the hope would have been to get out ahead of the mad next-gen rush while still appealing to those who want to get an enhanced game on their shiny new console. The next-gen versions will both be enhanced with faster loading times and graphics modes to offer frame rates up to 120Hz on TVs and screens that support this.
There will be a sprawling career mode with 130 events, with nine race types and Throwdown challenges mixed in for good measure, but you can pick your own path through the career. As you race, you earn Stamps that can be spent to unlock the Main Event chapter ending showdown, but you won’t have to take on every event in the career if you don’t want to, meaning you can skip some modes you don’t like so much. Alternatively, if you come up against an event you don’t like the look of, you’ll be able to enlist the help of some friends. The game will feature full on four player split-screen co-op throughout the career, with the best finisher in your group being used to set your progress.
It’s all built with a story in mind, which will star Nolan North and Troy Baker (just like every other game in existence), but alongside them will be special guest appearances from W Series World Champion, Jamie Chadwick and YouTuber SLAPTrain in a Dirt Podcast by Donut Media that features throughout.
At the end of August, the company revealed the Playgrounds mode, allowing people to create an arena and share it online for others to take on.
You’ll have bumps, kickers, ramps, loops, tunnels, rings of fire and so much more to play with as you construct arenas for three game modes:
- Gate Crasher – A high-speed checkpoint dash through strategically placed gates. While it sounds simple, after adding loops and other obstacles, the challenge increases ten-fold.
- Gymkhana – Create a high-skill, fast-thrills arena peppered with drifts, donuts, and trick objects placed with precision for the perfect challenge. Players are rewarded for speed and style.
- Smash Attack – The ultimate four-wheeled hide and seek. Strategically position smashable objects and define a target score. Players must find and collect all objects in the fastest time possible.
Dirt 5 is being developed by Codemasters Chesire, the former Evolution team behind MotorStorm, DriveClub, and OnRush. Dirt 5 will be released on 6th November for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It will also release on PS5 and Xbox Series X later this year, with a Google Stadia release planned for 2021.