Dirt 3 spinning out May 24

Off-road racing sequel hitting stores worldwide at the end of May.

The Dirt franchise has lifted Codemasters to the top tier of racing game developers, ably assisted by the well-reviewed Race Driver: Grid, helping the firm win the Formula One licence to bring the pinnacle of motorsports back to consoles after a long absence.

I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive…

The long-standing Colin McRae franchise started life in 1998 and gained the Dirt moniker in 2007. Since then the franchise has gone from strength to strength as Dirt has moved from a serious rally sim into a more extreme motorsports festival. Codemasters today confirmed that gamers would be able to see if this trend is to continue on May 24, when Dirt 3 will be released worldwide on the PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360.

Dirt 3 looks to continue the series' move away from pure rallying with the addition of the gymkhana discipline to the event list. This sits alongside traditional rallies, point-to-point races, rallycross events, and more primarily off-road activities in a range of vehicles.

The title was first shown off in a trailer that was released in conjunction with the X Games in August 2010. For more on the Dirt series, check out the GameSpot review of Dirt 2, the latest hands-on with Dirt 3, or the developer diary below.

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45 comments
Steakface
Steakface

codename-60091: substantiating the belief that children have ruined online gaming.

codename-60091
codename-60091

IF U MAKE IT LIKE F1 I AM SOO GONNA HATE IT!! DIRT 2 is nearly perfect if i can drive backwards to hit on newbs!

campbell153
campbell153

@BALLS_09 Didnt mean to offend you mate... just putting my opinion across with regards my likes and dislike towards Dirt! As far as i know i didnt slate the game what so ever... i do actually like Dirt 2! it has good physics (but not the best) and STUNNING visuals!!!

bandtnt
bandtnt

CodeMasters is the king in racing world these days

BALLS_09
BALLS_09

OK to everyone complaining about adding the Baja trucks and buggies and all that stuff and saying Colin Mcrae only did rally well if you read the title of DIRT 2 and DIRT 3 well they dont have his name, they arnt his games only DIRT was a Colin Mcrae game. So stfu and go play DIRT all us other people will be happy racing Gymkhana.

Nar1
Nar1

yeh!! can't wait till its out!! but i was hoping codemaster will make grid 2..:P

Masta_Jedi
Masta_Jedi

Collin Mcrae games are always awesome, and i loved the two first ones. At first i hated the variety in events of Dirt2, since i was so used to just rally but they grew on me. Picking this one up for sure

FabledVeteran
FabledVeteran

Awesome, DiRT and DiRT 2 were both so amazing yet different games

TWayne1020
TWayne1020

As Al Bundy would say ,This is good !!!!

Pete5506
Pete5506

More money I will be spending this year, loved Dirt 2!!

silentscorn
silentscorn

If they don't have 4 player split screen then I will not be buying it. Plus I don;t like the fact of how far they are moving away from actual rally racing. I rented the first 2 but just couldn't get into to it. Don;t see why so many leave out 4 player split screen options. Colin Mcrae rally 2005 had it so why can't they have it now. That's the last time I bought one of their games. They would sell more copies if they would keep in those options. Just like how Project Gotham racing had those options in the first 2 games but 3 and 4 didn't so I didn't buy those editions. How about they give some offline gamers some love for once. If they did I would buy it.

blackace
blackace

WTH!! I just picked up Dirt 2 for $10. Yeaj I waited as I was playing other racing games likes Forza 3, Modnation Racing and NFS: Hot Pursuit

betterthenu6
betterthenu6

lets c grid 2 after this game, and to all the people saying that it should be just rallys, stop complaining, i thought the racing was the best not rally

visceron
visceron

After playing DiRT2 extensively, I am completely sold on DiRT3. I won't wait to pick this one up.

campbell153
campbell153

I am disapointed by the fact that Codemasters are keeping the theme of anything that goes off road is going to be in the game!.. I was gob-smacked by how good Dirt 2 looked but i really was annoyed with all the different race types... Colin McRae is and should be just Rally cars.. WRC has nothing on the Dirt series other than the fact it has more depth on realism (with regards to game physics).. i will probably buy Dirt 3 just to see what it is like!

blaze_adeel
blaze_adeel

what the heck is happening :O now dirt3 is coming this year there are minimum 50 AAA games coming this year ohhhhh GOD its a effing good year to be a gamer

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Just wish it would have a larger focus on REAL rally racing like Collin Mcrae series of games. Those were a blast with all the technical point to point true to life rally races...

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Definitely on my must have list for this year :D

getbent57
getbent57

Sweet. Will be picking this one up.

SPBoss
SPBoss

They have focused on rally more this time around, and gymkhana is a great addition. PC platform is the way to go with codemaster games :)

Trogeton
Trogeton

The title is so basic put the games are awesome

MasonChaos
MasonChaos

Dirt2 was one of the best and funnest racing games I've played. Gameplay was solid and visuals were stunning. I will be playing this game Day 1. I just hope it has a little more longevity.

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

awesome this is a day 1 buy for me, would like a grid 2 though, pretty please codemasters

sonictank
sonictank

Freaking sweet i loved dirt 2 and can't wait for number 3!!!

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

This title looks very promising compared to the last two titles. However I do agree with Gooeykat. Codemasters does need to make Grid 2.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

I hate the sepia wash , but overall looks good.

Gooeykat
Gooeykat

Another Dirt game, sheesh...enough already. Bring us GRID 2.

eriktkire
eriktkire

@racing1750 don't forget rFactor 2 (or so they say), and Formula One 2011 is supposed to be out by year's end too.

kyleh615
kyleh615

A few features left out that I think people should know about; There will be night time racing, improved physics, improved damage, replay uploads to Youtube, and weather including ice, snow and rain. There will also be over 50 cars and 32 rally stages.

IceJester45
IceJester45

I hope this one actually has some rally in it.

coaltango
coaltango

I got mine dirt 2 free when i bought a ATI aka AMD graphics card. they better take a grfx & effects up a notch. this game would look awesome in 3D

racing1750
racing1750

Nice! This year delivers in the racing genre. First TDU2, then Dirt 3, then shift 2 and then the AAA racing franchise Forza 4!

Tunza
Tunza

Can't Wait 4 GRID2 !!!

blackwingzero
blackwingzero

Dirt 2 was a blast. Dirt 3 will probably be even better. Bring it on:D

CHasingTheSun
CHasingTheSun

First Brink, now this. May is going to leave me broke.

couly
couly

cool loved dirt 2 Directx 11 !!

couly
couly

cool loved dirt 2 Directx 11 !!

razorzs
razorzs

haha.. racing never gonna end. such a amazing game

PC-G4M3R
PC-G4M3R

It does say on the Dirt 3 website, DiRT® 3™ Available 24th May 2011 PC-DVD so that's a good sign.

PC-G4M3R
PC-G4M3R

I hope this means the PC version is coming out May 24th also, I really don't want to be waiting till sep/nov time just to play.