DiRT Rally 2.0: What We Know So Far

At the time of writing this article, we are exactly three weeks away from the release of DiRT Rally 2.0 - and the excitement levels for this game are at fever pitch in the racing gamer community.

The career mode focuses primarily on the historic elements of rallying, with a sizable choice of the category's greatest machines. Iconic rally brands such as Ford, Lanica, Peugeot, Mitsubishi and Renault all have a number of their cars included. The historical cars also include the Alpine Renault A110, the 1995 Subaru Impreza, Peugeot 205 T16 Evo 2 and the Lancia Stratos. Modern day rallying is represented by R5 category machines including the new Volkswagen Polo, the Skoda Fabia and the Ford Fiesta.

Current WRC cars are absent due to the licence for the series belonging to Bigben Interactive, who (together with Kylotonn) recently announced WRC 8 as the next instalment in the championship's official game series. - which comes out in September. However, DiRT Rally 2.0 has retained the official FIA World Rallycross Championship licence and has the entire field's machines represented in the game.

A few days ago, Codemasters also released a comprehensive list of compatible steering wheels, pedals and shifters for the game. These include most of the big name equipment such as Fanatec, Logitech and Thurstmaster - across all consoles and PCs, so players who are lucky to have this sort of simulation equipment will be in luck for DiRT Rally 2.0.

In terms of locations to race at - the game will feature a multitude of different stages in six countries - New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia and the USA. The game also promises "improved handling, surfaces, fallibility and environments deliver the most authentic and focused off-road experience ever". (codemasters.com)

The game also offers extensive tuning options, which allows the player to change the setup of the car based on driving style and environmental changes - with options to buy and upgrade parts of the car to prevent wear and tear.

Like DiRT 4, the game will have a comprehensive career mode - where you can create your own rally team, hire your staff and expand your garage of vehicles as you choose. In addition to this, the online experience will remain as varied as ever, with worldwide leaderboards and events for daily, weekly and montly challenges.

DiRT Rally 2.0 will be released on Tuesday 26th February for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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