Codemasters’ racing game Dirt 5 has been delayed to November 6 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The developer confirmed the move on Twitter, acknowledging that this news “sucks.”
The delay isn’t the longest one, as Dirt 5 was originally slated for release on October 16. “It sucks, we know,” Codemasters said of the new delay. “The start line is now a little further away, but it’s still very much in sight.”
Codemasters also re-affirmed that Dirt 5 remains on schedule to release on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in 2020, though the exact release date for the game (and the consoles) remains a mystery. The Google Stadia edition of Dirt 5 will release in early 2021.
The studio also reminded fans that people who buy Dirt 5 for PS4 or Xbox One can get a free upgrade to a “next-gen optimized” version of the game for PS5 or Xbox Series X when those consoles release at no extra charge. Upgrades must be within the same console family. Another promo to note is that the more expensive Amplified Edition of Dirt 5 unlocks on November 3, which is three days before the public release date.
Between now and launch in November, Codemasters will release more news and gameplay, including the debut of new cars and locations, as well as the full car list. Codemasters also plans to discuss more of the PS5 and Xbox Series X features for the game, along with more multiplayer details, in the time ahead.
GameSpot has gone hands-on with Dirt 5, and Michael Higham had some thoughts on its new approach. “With Dirt 5, the series isn’t all about rally racing anymore; instead, it’s embracing the chaos of off-roading, and at least that’s still staying true to its name,” he wrote.
The game will feature Troy Baker (Joel in The Last of Us) as Alex Janicek, the mentor to the player character, and Nolan North (Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series) as Bruno Durand, Janicek’s rival.
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