Codemasters reveals Dirt 2 dates

Rally title bearing the name of late racing legend Colin McRae coming out on consoles across the world in the second week of September; PC date MIA.

Codemasters has a fine track record when it comes to racing games. Its Colin McRae rally series has been around since the PlayStation era and has been well received critically. More recently, another of its racing titles, Race Driver Grid, has been nominated for a BAFTA award. The publisher has also secured the prestigious F1 licence and won the Grand Prix at this year's Develop Industry Excellence awards event.

The car models in the game are extremely detailed.

No wonder then that there is some excitement about the upcoming release of Colin McRae: Dirt 2, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Dirt. Today, Codemasters has announced firm release dates for the rally title. It is set to be released on September 8 in the US (where it will be known simply as Dirt 2); on September 10 in mainland Europe, Pacific Asia, and Canada; and finally on September 11 in the UK. The game will be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, and PSP, with the PC version following at a later date.

Developed by Codemasters Studios, the game will feature an updated version of the EGO engine, used in Dirt and Race Driver Grid as well as in the upcoming shooter Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. Gamers will embark on a rally world tour featuring more than 100 events, taking place in locations such as Los Angeles, London, and Malaysia, through racing types such as Rallycross, Trailblazer, Raid, Landrush, and Rally. Codemasters has also promised improved physics, damage effects, and "aggressive multivehicle races."

Rally fans will also recognise some famous faces appearing in the game, including Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra, and Tanner Faust, as well as Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block. The game will also feature competitive online play alongside the single-player career modes. Check out GameSpot's latest hands-on with the game for more.

Written By

Want the latest news about DiRT?

DiRT

DiRT

Discussion

30 comments
60spaure
60spaure

I hope I'll be able to go to the US just to get it 2 days earlier. I never got a game the day it came out!

Kris024
Kris024

Great looking game. GO Codemasters!! DIRT 2, F1 2009. Any chance of Codemasters doing some NASCAR games?

pakhair
pakhair

I'll be looking forward to it.......

spacer69
spacer69

Woot can't wait for September!

S1MSTA
S1MSTA

They should try and space all the great games that are coming out

Jimmyjit
Jimmyjit

Will there be a GRID 2??? Does anyone know?

Pete5506
Pete5506

More games to play this fall

breadisgood
breadisgood

This game should be awesome, I'm looking forward to it. The game engine is really good and Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising looks sweet as well.

deadcowboy6
deadcowboy6

I'm definitely picking this up, just probably not day one there's just so many great games in such a short period.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

can't wait - yet another good racing title for PS3 and PSP this year!!!

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Why should they remove Colin's name for the US version, just because most of the US don't know who he was? Seems ridiculous and actually, kinda disrespectful to take his name off the game in that territory. RIP Colin

Thirdrail1
Thirdrail1

I'll be buying a used copy of Dirt 2, since Codemasters didn't support Dirt with any DLC at all. Plus the online multiplayer in Dirt was really pitiful, and should have been patched a long long time ago. I hope they'll figure out how the internet works and join us in 2009 for Dirt 2. For people wondering about the frame rates... the 360 version always had (very) minor frame rate issues, so it probably will this time too.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

Excellent - I'm really looking forward to DiRT 2, as DiRT is one of the most fun racers on 360. I really hope that it is DiRT 2 though, not GRID on mud, and definitely not to use the same lame rubber band AI used in GRID.

Melty123
Melty123

Can't wait for this game to come out, I'm not big fan of racing games or other kind of driving games but Colin series have always been really good and this and Forza 3 are the only racing games I really want to play for now.

IceJester45
IceJester45

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

aero250
aero250

This and forza 3 in the same year is heaven.

aero250
aero250

@DJ8WORK It's a video and im not having any framerate issues.

DJ8WORK
DJ8WORK

im shocked no one has mentioned the poor frame rate in this video! up n down, up n down!!!! :S

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Looking forward to seeing the first dx11 game.

kekejefferis
kekejefferis

Fingers crossed there will be a demo on LIVE prior to release. Also I wish someone would do pick up the Rallisport challenge licence because those games were IMO the best Rally games ever.

eal-zubieri
eal-zubieri

its really cool cuz this GAME ROOOOOOCKS!!!!!!!!!!

childe_roland
childe_roland

Codemasters makes incredible racing games, DiRT in my opinion is the best rally racer since Rallisport 2. Dirt 2 looks to be fantastic.

XxTerryH15xX
XxTerryH15xX

2 many good games coming out in september...

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I'm glad they are improving the physics and I hope they have at least twice as many tracks as the first Dirt had. Not to say I didn't love Dirt but there was room to improve so it seems like they just did that. Can't wait!

Kakalun
Kakalun

looks good.Might have to try this one out eventhough car racing isn't really my thing.

Mr_Fujiv1
Mr_Fujiv1

looking good :) i might just stick to GT5 but if i get a little excited i might get this to keep me going

NuKkU
NuKkU

racers were never my thing but hey i might check it out i heard this series is great

tig1979
tig1979

Will look forward to it, but Mcrae series seems to be getting more Americanised every time it's released, remember when it was European Rally circuits and some awesome vehicles! Dirt just isn't Mcrae for me, it's like an offroad version of Race Driver rather than pure Mcrae