Mark your calendars, race fans. The team here at Codemasters are delighted to announce that Dirt 5 launches October 9 on Xbox One!
Since the reveal of Dirt 5 during May’s Inside Xbox show, it’s been amazing to see the Xbox community’s reaction to the return of the amplified, wilder side of the Dirt franchise, which takes you across the globe in an array of off-road machines, tackling extreme terrain in incredible locations. That’s all set in this bright and bold racing vibe that encourages you to let loose and enjoy everything Dirt 5 has to offer.
Of course, alongside the October 9 release for Xbox One, we’re full speed ahead with launching Dirt 5 on Xbox Series X, too. Leveraging the power of the console through incredible graphical fidelity and further optimized performance – including a 120fps mode – Dirt 5 on Xbox Series X is set to blow… your… mind.
The best part? Thanks to Xbox Smart Delivery, if you pick up Dirt 5 on October 9 for Xbox One, then make the jump to next-gen, you’ll get the Xbox Series X version of Dirt 5, free of charge.
In every month up to October, we’re focusing on a key aspect of Dirt 5 and bringing you all manner of news and insight on what you can expect from our amplified off-road racer. Throughout June, we’re breaking down Career mode – the biggest and most ambitious of its kind in the franchise.
In terms of the nuts and bolts, the headlines are: 130 unique events across five chapters, covering nine different race types. Players choose how they play with multiple progression paths, with big rewards and special events opening up along the way. Represent real-world brands with 20 sponsorships, each with their own unique liveries and objectives hit. With a focus on action, variety and choice, you’ll be challenged with mastering extreme dynamic weather, intimidating terrain, and the most powerful off-road cars. Got what it takes to own the spotlight, and ensure nobody forgets your name?
If we stopped right there, that’s a Career mode we’re really excited to be bringing you – but there’s one particularly tasty cherry to drop on this cake. Dirt 5’s Career is driven by a story and an audio-based narrative, starring none other than Troy Baker and Nolan North. These icons of gaming play the respective roles of the player’s mentor and main antagonist, setting the scene for so much of the narrative built around your Career experience.
Alex ‘AJ’ Janicek, voiced by Baker, is the undisputed star of the off-world racing world that you’re just getting started in. Bruno Durand, voiced by North, is a cold, calculated veteran of motorsports, dead-set on dominating the world of Dirt. These two characters are bound to collide – and when they do, the result creates an opportunity for the player to emerge as a new superstar of the sport.
The whole story is tracked and pushed forward by the in-game Dirt Podcast by Donut Media, hosted by the real-world car culture and automotive content heroes at Donut Media. Their audio show sets the scene and stirs the pot, with big news and interviews with AJ, Bruno and other guest stars. Make sure to check out our latest Dirt 5 video, where Baker, North, Donut Media and our Dialogue Producer Olly Johnson reveal all on the story, and the free-form recording style that brings the narrative to life.
That’s just one feature of Dirt 5 that we’re shamelessly getting hyped for you to play. Over the coming months we’ll reveal more on multiplayer, split-screen, car classes, truly extreme events, livery editor, photo mode and a brand new feature for Dirt, never before seen in the franchise.
Got all of that? Good. Now, I think I need a lie down…