Dirt Rally 2.0 is bringing many improvements and new features which have been summarised in the latest developer video. Better environments, car handling, character models and track degradation are just some of the new stuff in rally sim.
Codemasters' rally simulation Dirt Rally 2.0 or The Dark Souls of Racing Games will improve on its predecessor in many segments according to the developer. In the latest video shared on Codemasters Twitter, Ross Gowing a chief game designer summarised the biggest improvements and new features in the upcoming Dirt Rally 2.0.
Gowing explained that the new stuff is something they considered a "worthwhile addition" to the game but Codemasters' core focus was always the on-track experience. One of the biggest upgrades to Dirt Rally 2.0 will be the visuals. "We've improved how our environments look and how we create them and characters within those environments," Gowing said and added that for the first time Dirt Rally game will include a track degradation feature.
The handling system has been overhauled and feels more natural according to Jon Armstrong, a real-world rally driver who's been working with Codemasters on vehicle handling. "The car interacts with surfaces and the road a lot more. Grip levels at lower speed have been changed allowing the car to rotate easier," Armstrong explained.
Along with that, the team brought improvements to aerodynamics to make sure the cars feel good in jumps and driving in wet conditions will now require even more skill. Players will have to be more gentle with steering inputs as well as acceleration and braking on wet tarmac.
Additionally, Codemasters revealed a free Dirt Rally 2.0 steelbook which will be available to everyone who buys the game. Codemasters' graphic designer Dave Alcock said that the steelbook design is a nod to Colin McRae Rally 2.0 packaging which released eighteen years ago.