Racing specialists Codemasters have announced that Dirt Rally 2.0, the new instalment in the iconic off-road racing series that once bore the name of Colin McRae, will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 26 February 2019.
Continuing in the footsteps, or should I say tyre marks of its predecessors, Dirt Rally 2.0 players will be racing on six rally locations across the globe - New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia and the US. It will also feature eight official FIA World Rallycross 2018 circuits at launch.
Codemasters said in the announcement that Dirt Rally 2.0 will feature a wide variety of cars spanning several decades of the sport, although they didn't provide a list as of yet. Thankfully, the trailer does well to give us a taste of Dirt Rally 2.0's garage, especially the iconic cars such as 1978's Golf GTI 16V and 1985's Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2, to name but a few.
When it comes to DLC, the company's pre-order offers revealed that there will be more than two seasons of post-launch content, where the first two will come with three locations each. Note that Dirt 2.0's DLC locations will be "split between rally and rallycross".
Codemasters' chief games designer Ross Gowing said that the game's "passionate, knowledgeable community helped to make DiRT Rally a special title", with some of them being consulted in the making of Dirt Rally 2.0 as well. “We are not afraid to make a challenging game", concluded Ross, a statement which rally racing enthusiasts will surely appreciate.
Just in case you're by some cosmic chance not familiar with the game, Colin McRae and/or Dirt Rally games are not your Need for Speeds or Forza Horizons, as exquisite as the two may be - it's a realistic simulation that's not for the easily frustrated.
Fans of the series are quite rightfully excited over what everyone hopes will be the return of the one true king of rally games. From a guy that to this day keeps an installed copy of Colin McRae 2.0, I must say that I'm definitely onboard.