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5 Features That Make Dirt 5 More Than an Off-Road Racer

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5 Features That Make Dirt 5 More Than an Off-Road Racer

The legendary off-road racing series comes to next-gen — and with a new vibe.

Hey there! It’s Chris Groves here, the lead Social and Community Manager for Dirt 5, launching later this year on PS4 and PS5. 

The entire team here at Codemasters is proud to have created a legacy of racing games that handle like a dream and recreate the thrill of motorsport. We don’t need to tell you that Dirt 5 is going to deliver big on exhilarating off-road racing gameplay, just like each game in the series has, all the way back to Colin McRae Rally in 1998. So, instead, let’s focus on something a little… different. 

Surrounding that core gameplay in Dirt 5 will be a culture, a style, an approach, that makes it bigger than the sum of its parts. From how it looks, to how it sounds, to what you can be a part of, Dirt 5 is a vibe that, just maybe, you’ve never seen before from the franchise.

Let’s take you on a whistle-stop tour and reveal what you can expect when you roll into a bold new world of racing in Dirt 5.

1. The Vibe of Dirt 5 

Regardless of the mode you’re playing in, the location you’re at, or the car you’re behind the wheel of, the Dirt 5 experience is held together by something bigger than all of that. Booting up Dirt 5 feels like you’re stepping into a brand new culture, surrounded by style and encouraging you to express yourself, whatever it is you’re doing. 

Dirt 5 is an off-road racing game at its core, so we’re still pretty big on the spirit of competition and that thirst for success. But here, winning is just the beginning. We want to see how you win; what you’re going to do on that road to success that leaves an unforgettable mark, and embraces the vibe of Dirt 5. That’s the kind of stuff that’ll get people to take notice.

2. Style It Out

It’s all good and well telling you that we want to see your style, but what about the style of Dirt 5? Well, around every corner you’ll find features, both significant and subtle, that show this game as much about style as it is substance. 

Our official announcement trailer certainly sets the tone. The bold colour schemes, in-your-face graphics and rhythmic transitions? Yeah, prepare for plenty more of that. The song featured – ‘Time To Dance (Sebastian Remix)’ by The Shoes – kicks off a dynamic soundtrack that we can’t wait to share more about. Then there are the cars: GT heroes, rough-and-ready buggies, classic rally legends and so much more kicking off a stylish roster. Some are even dripped in incredible one-off liveries, designed by world-renowned digital artists who we brought into the fold. Even the locations revealed in the trailer (New York, China, Norway) are flexing with extreme weather, stunning vistas and dynamic time of day options. 

TL;DR – every aspect of Dirt 5 is crafted with style in mind. You get the picture. 

3. The Dirt 5 Career – Own The Spotlight

Clearly then, Dirt 5 is about being part of something big – and that theme rings no truer than in Career mode.

It’s one thing to want to be at the centre of Dirt 5’s vibe of style and expression. It’s another to earn that place. Our Career mode drops you into a deep narrative-driven experience, with a star-studded voice cast led by the legendary Troy Baker and Nolan North, partnered by icons of the automotive and car culture world. 

In a journey filled with famous names, big personalities and major obstacles, the focus is on you to make sure nobody ever forgets your name, through fearless racing and extreme skill. Baker, North and others will set the scene for you to rise from obscurity to infamy, but not everyone you meet is willing to share the spotlight. The world of Dirt 5 is yours for the taking. All you have to do is prove you fit the bill. 

4. Let’s Get Playful 

At the core of Dirt 5’s vibe is a desire to be expressive, creative and playful – online or offline, racing solo or with friends. 

Fill the couch and play offline modes in split screen for up to four players, creating epic action-packed events. Online, throw down against the globe in race events, as well as more innovative modes we’ll reveal more on very soon. Express your playfulness off the track, too, with a dedicated Photo Mode and a nuanced livery editor, to flex your creative flair. 

Share all those moments with your friends and the world, and prove you’re very much at home in Dirt 5’s playground of style. Oh, and stick around for more news on another way to get playful – something you’ve never seen before from Dirt.

5. Everything, Amplified 

Bold and brave, loud and lavish, get ready for an amplified world of off-road racing that you can’t help but want to be a part of. We’re big on giving you the ability to let loose and express your unique style, as loudly as you want, and we’ll be amplifying your achievements, your creations, your vibe, on all of Dirt 5’s community hangout spaces. 

From the roaring atmosphere and cultural style, to the license to drift and hoon around to your heart’s content, to the ability to conquer any terrain put in front of you, the vibe of Dirt 5 turns everything up to 11. So… are you ready to do the same?

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27 Comments

  • Sounds like it’s trying to be the next Forza Horizon.

  • That’s an awful lot of words to not really say anything at all.

  • Was just wondering would we be getting a free version for PS5 if we purchase a copy for PS4?

    • If they don’t at this point there shooting themselves in the foot with this game. They definitely need to answer my burning questions below. 👇🏻

  • Got major Motorstorm vibes from the trailer so I’m in for sure. Having Troy and Nolan in the game is going to be awesome too.

  • OH YEAH! Im mos def pickin this up day one my friends. So slick, so sick. Every next gen system needs a racer to show off and this fits tha bill fast.

  • Meanwhile…
    Polyphony Digital ZzZzZzZzZ (deep sleep)

  • Looks & sounds terrific so far! Will be a great launch game to pickup with the PS5!!

  • Thanks for keeping a bit of Evolution Studios alive. Motorstorm and Driveclub will be greatly missed.

  • The remaining Evolution Studios team members at Codemasters should go join Rushy over at SlightlyMad. The way Codemasters handled OnRush was abysmal and this looks like a big middle finger to Mr. Paul Hollywood himself. Motorstorm: Pacific Rift is the best racing game of all time! Hopefully Bluepoint will remake MPR and hopefully the Evo Studios team can create something as wonderful once more.

  • Day 1 buy for me. Im pretty sure if you buy the physical version it should be playable on your ps5’s drive and if you buy digital you should be able to download on ps5. At least thata how i hope it is but who knows?

  • S*** I was hoping for something more along the lines of Dirt 4. A slightly more forgiving racer than their Rally series with crazier non-real world tracks… maybe even a track editor. That would have been perfect

  • I don’t want to say it. But it sounded like you’re trying to excite someone with allot of word’s but you didn’t excite me yet because you didn’t answer allot of questions that some gamers want to know like myself.

    What are you doing to leverage the power of PlayStation 5?

    What ground breaking technology are you using on the PS5 that’s not on PS4?

    What’s the typical frames per second on PS5 and at what max resolution?

    Are you using HDR?

    Are you using Dolby Atmos sound?

    How are you harnessing the power of Tempest sound chip in PS5?

    What will be better between the other Dirt game’s compared to Dirt 5?

    Will Dirt 5 be cross buy? Meaning someone buy’s it on PS4 both disc or digital and there able to play the upgraded version on PS5 for free?

    How many more player’s can you play online on PS4 compared to PS5?

    Will you have cross platform game play online between Xbox and PlayStation and PC player’s? Can you just limit yourself to just PS5 player’s or PlayStation player’s on PS4 and PS5. What about just PC vs PlayStation?

    Answer all these questions with answers I’d expect then I’ll be excited.

    Thank you for reading. 🤘🏻🤓🤘🏻

    • Lol early games aren’t worth getting on the new PS specially cross platform like this one.But people bought recycled games in this gen for nearly none improvements so…

  • Wow.. Let’s hope it’s 10% as good as the copywriters intricate descriptive mumbo jumbo..🤓

  • This doesn’t look like DIRT 5, it looks like Motorstorm for mixed with Forza Horizon!!
    … I’m intrigued!

  • I’ve purchased all the previous games: Dirt 4, Dirt Rally and Dirt Rally 2.0, but this time I won’t buy it unless a PSVR support is confirmed.

  • Not a single mention of FPS. Makes me think it won’t have a 120fps mode on the PS5 version. They were pretty quick to mention the option for the SX version, so I think it’s not an option for PS5

  • Damn this is looking good cuz it’s lookin like Motorstorm,never was a fan of Dirt…only bought Showdown cuz it was different and focused on fun.I guess y’all are trying to blend Dirt with OnRush (which was a spiritual successor to Motorstorm)…since the evo team is with y’all now I think that could work…you could reel another audience in,people like me.OnRush is extremely underrated…so it’s only smart to blend it with Dirt which has a name already.Let people who like Dirt have their Dirt experience but also bring new playas in for a Motorstorm like experience…kinda like BF did with the close quarters maps which worked beautifully.

    Definitely keeping ma eyes on this one.

  • Hey PlayStation 5 team, can you please release a PS5 enhancement patch for Driveclub (including bikes) for PS5 4K60FPS? I know the game is no longer on sale, but it’d be a real shame if those of us who owned it were left with a 1080p30FPS experience with such an iconic game! It’d also be great if we got a patch for the VR version for PSVR2, but that might be asking way too much…

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