DIRT 5 update adds cross-platform multiplayer, ghosts and a ton of Red Bull liveries

Codemasters has released a new free update for DIRT 5, adding cross-platform matchmaking for multiplayer, ghosts throwing a ton of Red Bull liveries into the game.

Cross-platform matchmaking is now live across Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC (both Windows Store and Steam), while Stadia support will be coming “at a later date”. It should boost the overall online activity across the game, as all public lobbies will allow all users from different platforms to join.

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It’s optional, though. If you’re matchmaking with a party of players, all party members must have cross-platform matchmaking enabled in order for it to work.

Another player-requested feature is that of having ghosts to race against. In Time Trial and Playgrounds, you can race against the ghosts of players from teh global leaderboard, whether that’s the global fastest lap, global closest lap to your time, the closest lap time from your friends, or your personal best time. Great tools if you’re chasing a faster time.

Beyond that, the update is called Red Bull Revolution for a reason. There’s eight Red Bull liveries now in the game for the following vehicles:

  • Audi S1 EKS RX quattro
  • MINI John Cooper Work Buggy by X-raid
  • Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi
  • Volkswagen Race Touareg 3
  • Porsche 911 RGT
  • Peugeot 208 WRX

“That’s not eight cars!” I hear you cry, and that’s because the Peugeot 208 WRX is getting three Red Bull liveries, including designs that were driven by Timmy and Kevin Hansen in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

In Playgrounds creative mode, you can now use the Red Bull arch as an arena decoration, and Codies are mixing things up with the option of having wet and stormy weather across all of the Playground arenas: Arizona, South Africa, and Italy.

Here’s the full Dirt 5 Update 4.03 patch notes:

CONTENT & FEATURES

  • Official Red Bull liveries – eight liveries for multiple cars
  • Cross-platform matchmaking – available in Online Public lobbies for races and party events
  • Red Bull arch added to Playgrounds Create mode
  • Wet and stormy weather conditions added for all Playgrounds locations
  • Ghost lap time options added to Time Trial and Gate Crasher events
  • Stats stickers – new Driver Card stickers available for reaching progression milestones

TECHNICAL CHANGES

  • Chinese and Korean Localisation added
  • Further fixes for crashes on Xbox One/Xbox One S, particularly on Ice Breaker events
  • Fixed crash occurrences when scrolling through rewards for specific sponsors
  • Fixed instances of crashes when attempting to select ‘Wireless Controller’ from the Input Settings
  • Fixed crash occurrence when backing out of Photo Mode shortly after changing weather conditions
  • Further checks and balances for currency payouts across multiple game modes
  • PC: Fixed instances of driver animations not appearing in cockpit cam
  • PC: Fixed instances of raytraced shadows appearing incorrectly
  • PC: Further fixes for instances of crashes, particularly when using a Nvidia 3090 graphics card
  • PC: Fanatec Clubsport v2.5 no longer defaults to a pedal preset and saves user-selected data
  • PC: User-selected wheel rim presets are now stored in save data, meaning players no longer have to reselect a preset every time they boot the game
  • The ‘Up’ and ‘Down’ controls on a d-pad are no longer locked to changing camera view, and can be bound to different actions by the player
  • Xbox One: Fixed crash occurrence when signing out of a player profile whilst in Playgrounds
  • PS5: Fixed crash occurrence in Playgrounds when a player deletes their only published Playground
  • PS5: Fixed softlock occurrences when selecting ‘Show More’ in Playgrounds Discover mode
  • Various visual and technical tweaks and updates across the board to improve game performance and quality of life

Source: Codemasters

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