Codemasters revving up DiRT 2

Successor to Colin McRae rally racer returns for a second heat for the Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Wii, DS, PC in 2009.

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How many cars does it take to field a race? If the rate at which Codemasters is stocking up on racing games serves as any indication, the British publisher is looking to find out. In addition to subsuming Sega's castaway Racing Studio, Codemasters has this year alone snagged the rights to the F1 license as well as those for Asobo Studios' postapocalyptic off-roader Fuel.

The name is DiRT, not MUD.

And just because Codemasters is loading up on new racing properties, it doesn't mean the gamemaker is looking to move beyond its core DiRT and GRID franchises. Having taken 2008 off, Codemasters' DiRT franchise will return for another round of rally racing in 2009, the publisher announced today. The game will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, with "further editions" also being released on the Wii, Nintendo DS, and PSP.

Formerly known as Colin McRae Rally, the franchise picked up its new branding beginning with 2007's installment. (The name was changed prior to McRae's tragic death later that year.) Along with today's announcement, Codemasters offered a quick look under the hood of its new racer, promising DiRT 2 would benefit from a tuned car-handling physics system as well as new engine damage effects. DiRT 2 has also receive a fresh coat of paint, with the publisher claiming cars and tracks boast twice as much detail as those seen in last year's GRID.

Vehicles, of course, are the main attraction in most any racing game, and DiRT 2 will feature rides from seven different classes. Codemasters notes that the opening class in DiRT 2 will be the Group N Subaru, which was the top-line option from the original game.

Discussion

43 comments
gurgel2
gurgel2

To me, the driving experiance in dirt felt DEAD - go back to the original physics and give 360 ALOT higher Frames per second.

The_InJimid8tor
The_InJimid8tor

Always good to read that Codemasters is making another Racing game. DiRT was good but I did prefer the original Rally Racing concepts instead like the WRC Championships and not the Dune Buggy Stadium type racing etc.... Missed the U.S Version without Colin McRae's name on the title. If they cannot include Colin's name it would be nice to see another WRC Rally Driver endorse it. But will keep an eye watching for Video's and more news on it!

SaberSpellSword
SaberSpellSword

Have you seen the screen shots for this game!?! If i saw one of those images in a rallying magazine I seriously doubt i would suspect anything. and judging by how good Dirt 1 looked they could even be IN GAME screen shots! just imagine it, your watching a replay of your last race and someone walks by. they stop and ask "since when have you been into watching rally racing?" thinking it was a real rally race. then you exit the replay showing it was just a game. The surprise on their face would be priceless!!! : D

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

Subaru have just announced they are pulling out of World Rallying - so there could be some major changes to this game, particularly when you read that last paragraph "...Codemasters notes that the opening class in DiRT 2 will be the Group N Subaru..."

Mcl333
Mcl333

Great game with great physics and great gameplay.

Brain_Fillets
Brain_Fillets

The Colin Mcrae series was so great for a long time. Dirt is changing that style. It's still good, but in my opinion it should stay similar to the original CM series to preserve a great racer's legacy.

BNOv5
BNOv5

I want to LIVE!!

shaunZMilner
shaunZMilner

after playing DiRt i was blown away DiRT 2 looks unbelivable!

da2g
da2g

way to go codies!

Sharpy505
Sharpy505

woop! can't wait =D codemasters are such good racing game producers

tadinho
tadinho

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caseysrodeo
caseysrodeo

GLAD TO HEAR THERE IS A SUCCESOR TO THE FIRST GAME. IN MY OPINION "DIRT" IS THE BEST CAR RACING GAME EVER MADE.

BradW92
BradW92

Sounds cool but i wish they kept McRae's name

EnderSR388
EnderSR388

Sweet!! I'm tracking this for sure! Can't wait. :)

OmegaCookie7
OmegaCookie7

Never played DiRT but I'll consider giving it a try.

TongLong
TongLong

Good stuff! DiRT is a great game, I'm sure this will be more of the same. Too bad Rallisport Challenge never managed to resurface on the 360 though. RC2 is my all-time favorite rally game, bar none! The hill climb events were some of the coolest moments you could have in racing games, period! :D

rarson
rarson

Codemasters' racing games make Gran Turismo seem boring in comparison.

doctorwang12
doctorwang12

awesome news. i might pick it up considering how awesome the original DiRT was

Saurosy
Saurosy

I`ll hope controles will be better on PC this time !

nashxyzz
nashxyzz

Kennybob, I totally agree with you or at least let us play it on 360. I'll pick this up if and only if, being a loyal rally fan of Colin McRae, I can race in snow and rain conditions. I'm not a fan of Rally of America and Dirt was a let down cause its too much like it, but I did like the car handling.

Kennybob
Kennybob

I think they need to make a sequel to rallisport challenge 2, in my opinion that was the best rally racing game ever made... the handling was just so perfect. or at least make the handling in DiRT 2 just like rallisport challenge 2's

neonknight47
neonknight47

DiRT is my favorite racing game of this generation so far. I can't wait for the new one.

bukkookkub
bukkookkub

Awesome. I love the first one. I just hope they do well with the multiplayer portion!

Stalker700
Stalker700

Neh,I'll be waiting for Fuel. Didn't like DiRT very much:)

Zetona
Zetona

Looks sweet. I never had a chance to pick up the original. Hopefully the handling is a little tighter and more realistic than in Codemasters' recent games.

Gamesterpheonix
Gamesterpheonix

Hehe. Hell to the yes. I want to see this baby. Yaya.

guitahero
guitahero

Hummm we need more information. hope they don't keep those arcade steering style...

larlarbd
larlarbd

are you kidding me ? twice as detailed as Grid ? How are they gonna make cars anymore detailed than GRID ? that's like the pinnacle of detailed design , WOW , If it's so I am pre-ordering it , I'd like to see my 360 blown up just trying to run that & my two 9800GTX-Sli rig catch fire & my PS3 stalled with that one , LOL. just kidding I was like meh handling with dirt , but GRID is like my all-time fav top five, so I'll pick it up.

sephirothsfan02
sephirothsfan02

I hope they make a good F1 game, I`ve never payed attention to any of their game so I don`t know if Codemasters are any good. Last time I saw them on something was on the ps music program

trashken
trashken

Loved DiRT. Can't wait for the 2nd one. Please add co-driver coop into the multiplayer.

nate_c-12
nate_c-12

......and another must buy for 2009.

moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

wow, I can't wait. It's definitely better than the crap EA's cooking :D

rarson
rarson

Cool, I've enjoyed Codemasters' games ever since I played the original TOCA on PC however many years ago. And you can bet they'll be utilizing the licenses they're acquiring... there's no point to sit on them, and I'm sure they paid pretty good money for the F1 license.

getbent57
getbent57

Awesome. I loved the first game. This one should be even better.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Dirt2 ... with grid MP instead of some time trial mode = AWESOME!

razgriz_101
razgriz_101

This is sweeet.I cant wait loved DiRt and this is gonna be even better.

runstalker
runstalker

Wow, "twice the detail" of GRID's cars and tracks, eh? Those lads at Codemasters UK racing studio are seriously top 3 in the world for car games, from technology to gameplay.