Colin McRae Gets DIRTy Codemasters reveals new name, first screenshots, and official release window. by Chris Roper
July 18, 2006 - Ramping up to make its first appearance on next-generation consoles, Codemasters has cracked the hood a tad on the next installment in its highly successful and critically acclaimed Colin McRae series. Dubbed DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road in the US and Colin McRae: DIRT in PAL territories (due to name recognition), the game will hit the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC simultaneously in 2007.
Promising to be the most diverse title in the series yet, the game will span locations throughout the world and feature the series' trademark point-to-point races as well as a slew of off-road events. Exact locations and tracks are quite slim at this point, but we're told that the entire 12.4 miles of the legendary Pikes Peak International course and all of its 150+ turns through the Rocky Mountains will be included.
In addition to its point-to-point races, DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road will include desert-ridden Rally Raid competitions in Dakar-style trucks and 4x4s, Rally Cross events that switch between dirt and road racing, and 850bhp heavyweight car Hill Climb challenges situated on cliff sides. Additionally, the game will offer a mode dedicated to each of the European, International and Global rally championships and will feature official 2WD, 4WD, Classic and RWD rally cars.
Lastly, while the game's multiplayer features are under tight wraps for now, we do know that it will feature online multiplayer support.
Codemasters is keeping many of the other details behind DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road very secretive for now, but we do have a trio of screens to drool over in the meantime. Note that these are concept images as it's a little too early to show any in-game content yet, but we're told that these were created using the reference 3D models that will be featured in the game.
Taken from ign.com
Colin McRae kicks up DIRT as genre-leading series goes next-gen.
All new, next-gen Colin McRae named, formats and simultaneous launch confirmed.
Colin McRae: DIRT™ is today revealed as the title* for the next generation of the genre leading, 8-million+ selling rally racing series. Codemasters also confirms the game will launch for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC simultaneously in 2007. A special edition for mobile phones will also be available from Codemasters Mobile.
Colin McRae: DIRT™ is set to be the most diverse and exhilarating off-road racing experience ever with sensational gravel, mud and dirt events the world over. Events will include the series’ intense point-to-point races and then take players further off-road than ever before.
Race in challenging heavyweight 850bhp cars, drifting on the loose gravel and high-speed blind corners of Hill Climb events along perilous cliff edges. All 12.4 miles of the world famous Pikes Peak International is included, with over 150 precarious turns to negotiate through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
How about engaging in multiple car races with Dakar-style trucks and super-powered 4x4s on the toughest desert terrain in Rally Raid competitions? Then there are Rally Cross events, switching between dirt and road racing, where the competition is always tight, fast and collisions with your opponents are inevitable.
With more off-road racing styles to be revealed, Colin McRae: DIRT™ will also offer a dedicated mode for European, International and Global rally championships featuring official 2WD, 4WD, Classic and RWD rally cars.
Colin McRae: DIRT™ will deliver the wheel-screaming exhilaration of off-road racing with the next generation of the series’ sublime car handling and physics system and a devastating new damage engine that ensures players experience every bump in the track, every loose rock, every inch of shifting dirt through the reactive environments.
With an incredible range of off-road vehicles, thrill-packed tracks, modes that make the most of online multiplayer, and more varied events than any other single-championship rally game, Colin McRae is being reborn as a bigger, faster, wilder racing experience.
Get ready for total mud splattering, gravel churning, handbrake turning, off-road racing in Colin McRae: DIRT™, coming 2007 for PlayStation®3, Xbox™360 and PC. Sign up for the drive of your life and receive advance race briefings online at www.codemasters.com/dirt
That sure looks interesting, especially all 12.4 miles of Pikes Peak.
I am so excited, that will go nicely with my XBOX 360 that's on it's way
They will of course be renders, it's far too early for any actual in-game shots, but i'm sure they'll be just as good! Can't wait to se an official car list too, apparently the Peugeot Cosworth might be in the game, and this is no lie! If it is then i'm DEFFINETLY getting this game! Even if it's not i'll still get it!