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Everything we know so far about DiRT 5 on Xbox One and Xbox Series X

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Codemasters DiRT franchise is much loved across the globe and the latest incarnation, DiRT 5, was revealed to the world at Microsoft’s first Xbox Series X showcase on May 7.

It marks a return to the more casual side of the DiRT franchise from the more focused DiRT Rally series, and it’s going to be hotly anticipated by fans ahead of its release later in 2020. Here’s everything we know so far.

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DiRT 5

The wild world of DiRT gets bigger than ever

DiRT 5 takes a much different approach to the super-serious DiRT Rally franchise and this one will be the biggest yet, with bonus Xbox Series X support to boot.

The first question anyone wants an answer to: When can I get it? Fortunately, there is at least some idea right out of the gate on that front. Currently, DiRT 5 is expected to launch in October 2020 on the current generation consoles.

DiRT 5 is a cross-generation release

DiRT 5 was revealed during the Xbox Series X showcase but it is not exclusive to the next-gen consoles. Indeed, the title will launch first on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The Xbox Series X version has been confirmed alongside a launch on PS5 and in early 2021, all will be joined by a release on Google Stadia.

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Details of any PS5 enhancements are as yet unknown, but we do know a little about what to expect from DiRT 5 on the Xbox Series X. For starters, it will support Smart Delivery, so you can buy a copy on launch for the Xbox One, enjoy it until you get a Series X, then download the enhanced copy on the new console for no additional cost.

We also know that DiRT 5 will benefit from the added power of the Xbox Series X in a couple of ways. For one, it will run at 4K resolution at 60 FPS. It will also have an option to run on the new console at a whopping 120 FPS, though details on what resolution that is at remain unclear, likewise any graphical sacrifices that have to be made.

Hit play to hear more about DiRT 5 from the Xbox Series X showcase.

The career mode should be a highlight of DiRT 5, and not just because it’s promising some stellar voice acting from the likes of Nolan North and Troy Baker.

The career mode is set to be a non-linear affair with “decision-based changes and a proper narrative” that should make each players run through a little different to someone else’s.

We’re set to learn more about the career mode in June.

DiRT 5 Multiplayer

DiRT 5 will, of course, have an online multiplayer mode and it will support up to 12 players at a time and “objective-based modes”. But there’s also a nifty split-screen offline multiplayer mode that allows you to play again up to three other people from the comfort of the same room.

Codemasters is set to talk more about the multiplayer aspect of DiRT 5 in September.

DiRT 5 pre-launch roadmap

If you’re eager for more information, and frankly, who could blame you, Codemasters has already outlined its roadmap to launch. The “DiRT 5 Tour Path” is the pre-launch roadmap leading right up to October when we’ll be able to get our hot little hands on the game.

Every month a new aspect of the game will become the focus, with June directing to the career mode, with features following along in July. August is currently a big unknown, and it coincides with the time that the gaming world would usually descend upon Gamescom, so we’re certainly excited to see what the question mark turns into.

After that we’ll hear about multiplayer in September, then onto the launch hype in October.

Dishing the Dirt

While we wait, the DiRT team has shot a little video breaking down some of the different approaches taken by Codemasters’ two completely separate teams working on the DiRT franchise.
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