Codemasters' 'DiRT Rally' Launches On Steam
Codemasters & Koch Media have announced that the full version of the acclaimedÂ DiRT RallyÂ has launched on Steam and will be skidding ontoÂ PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on April 5, 2016.
Following a highly successful Steam Early Access program and unprecedented community demand, Codemasters is bringingÂ DiRT Rally's enticing blend of authentic, uncompromising realism and edge-of-control thrills to console players in April.
DiRT Rally is the ultimate rally experience. It captures the essence of what makes rally unique like no other game â€" that sense of trying to remain in control of your emotions, as you hurtle along dangerous, undulating roads at breakneck speed, aiming to squeeze everything out of your car whilst knowing that one crash could irreparably harm your stage time.
Every stage tests you differently, as you race on the edge of control across varying surfaces in a range of environments such as snow, ice, tarmac and dirt and as you tackle a variety of weather types. As the car suffers attrition, you need to account for mechanical damage whilst your dedicated rally team tries to keep you competitive with time-limited repairs. Stages string together and each rally becomes a marathon-like test of concentration and skill as you trust in your co-driver, chasing that ever-elusive perfect run.
DiRT Rally also includes officially licensed World Rallycross content, allowing you to experience the breathless, high-speed thrills of some of the world's fastest off-road cars as you trade paint with other drivers at some of the series best-loved circuits, in both singleplayer and high-intensity multiplayer races.
"The launch on Steam early access has been a resounding success. We want to thank the community for their valuable feedback and support which has guided our development for the past eight months, resulting in a 92% positive user score. We are now ready to launch the final version of the game on PC,"Â said Frank Sagnier, CEO Codemasters. "Following this success on PC and a vocal demand from consumers, we are delighted to announce thatÂ DiRT RallyÂ will be available on consoles on April 5, 2016."
The Steam launch brings with it the Winter Wonderland update, which delivers a new rally set in the snow and ice of theÂ Varmland region ofÂ Sweden to the game.Â These snow-filled stages are known for their snow banks and Codemasters has pioneered new soft edge tech that simulates the density of snow. As a result, players can now lean on the snow banks when pushing for those stage records.Â The Winter Wonderland update is free to allÂ DiRT RallyÂ Early Access players.
The update also brings two new cars to the game, theÂ Hyundai RallyÂ and theÂ Volkswagen Polo Rally.Â These cars are the most recent additions to the pinnacle of the sport and they are the perfect way to round off this Early Access program.
To see these new cars in action and to get a look at the new Sweden content, check out the gameplay trailer below.
As part of Codemasters' continued commitment to improving the features inÂ DiRT RallyÂ the Winter Wonderland update also sees the introduction of Steam Workshop support that allows players to share Car Setup & Force Feedback settings. Winter Wonderland also sees improvements and refinements made to Global Leaderboards and League support.