DIRT Rally full version and Winter Wonderland Update released
In April of this year, the DIRT Rally title appeared unexpectedly as an Early Access game. While the original expectations for the game were rather low, Codemasters have surprised everyone by punching at a much higher level than expected.
After being the most popular Early Access racing game of the last year, Codemasters has now released the full version of DiRT Rally and also deployed the Winter Wonderland update. The PlayStation4, Xbox One and Windows PC – DVD hard copy will be released on April 5th, 2016.
Codemasters also included the Winter Wonderland update which is bringing us a new rally to compete in. The new rally stages are set in snow and ice of the Varmland region of Sweden. The Dirt Rally development team worked hard on their soft edge technology to simulate the density of snow in order to replicate the car’s behaviour when leaning on the snow banks.
The Winter Wonderland update also features two new rally cars in the form of the Hyundai Rally and the Volkswagen Polo Rally. Players are now able to share Car Setup & Force Feedback settings via the Steam Workshop. Last but not least, various improvements and refinements are made to the Global Leaderboards and League support system.
Dirt Rally contains 39 rally cars and a total of 70 courses, including the famed Pikes Peaks Hillclimb, the muddy Wales and dusty roads in Greece and since today the snowy stages of Sweden. Codemasters stated that the will supply DIRT Rally owners with regular new content and updates.
Until December 14th, you will be able to purchase DIRT Rally on Steam with a 15% discount for a modest €38,24. (Normal Price €44.99) Prices for the console versions and PC hardcopy are not yet known.
- The Group B RWD, Hillclimb and Kit Cars have been upgraded to v2 handling.
- Now that all cars are up to v2 spec, the Self Aligning Torque has been re-balanced to support the new handling.
- We found the spanners and wrenches that adjust the seats in all of your cars. Mind your head!
- We also changed the mapping for Gears, Look Back, Clutch and Replay on the Logitech G29.
- The Logitech G920 is now fully supported.
- The Clutch, Look Up and Seat Adjustment keys have been remapped on QWERTY / AZERTY keyboards to save your fingers and thumbs.
- The SimXperience AccuForce Pro Steering System is now fully supported.
- You can now tune your immersion levels by customising your OSD options, choosing between On, Countdowns Only and Off.
- The Logitech G29 wheel is now correctly listed in the controller preset menu.
- Custom Championships now reward you with the correct number of credits.
- There’s a new EULA to sign when you boot the game, which asks you to kindly behave yourself when you’re playing with others.
- Your favourite pet mouse has learnt a new trick, and can now change the livery on your car.
- If you own an Owner’s Club event, you will now correctly own the Owned achievement.
- If you pledge a wedge to an online Wager Event and the event ends while you’re on stage, we’ll give you your CR back.
- Your Oculus Rift can now be toggled to lock the horizontal orientation. Look for a flag in the hardware configuration file.
- Sliders on the Advanced Racing Wheel Options screen now increment at the same rate as the Steering and Pedal calibration screen.
- Your Service Crews are back from their training course and will now correctly setup your car for multi-location events.
- Stopped one set of Rallycross results from appearing on a Rally leaderboard.
- You no longer need to hold the headlight control to activate your lights. You can now just tap that.
- Windows accounts with accented and non-latin characters will now correctly save game settings.
- Fixed a weird bug where the camera would briefly flick back to the default position at the start of a stage after customising the seat position.
- @Kick_Up will now politely and calmly inform you if your wheels fall off, and if you’re going the wrong way.
The video below shows us a the Volkswagen Polo in action on the Swedish Rally. ( Video by Pierre Simonsson )