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.
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.
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!
Great looking game. GO Codemasters!! DIRT 2, F1 2009. Any chance of Codemasters doing some NASCAR games?
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.
I'm definitely picking this up, just probably not day one there's just so many great games in such a short period.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Codemasters makes incredible racing games, DiRT in my opinion is the best rally racer since Rallisport 2. Dirt 2 looks to be fantastic.
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!
looking good :) i might just stick to GT5 but if i get a little excited i might get this to keep me going
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
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