Codemasters has surprised everyone with today's launch of Dirt Rally on Steam, under the Early Access label. Judging from the official Steam Announcement, Dirt Rally features at launch (which is right now) 17 cars and 36 stages taken from 3 different locations (Monte Carlo, Acropolis and Wales). SEE ALSO: Brand New Community Made DiRT Rally Videos As you can see from the announcement, one of the biggest bullet points is "Simulation Handling". While we still haven't tried it yet, Codemasters definitely seems to be aiming for a more unforgiving driving model, with a "brand new model that simulates everything from the way the surface of the road behaves to limited slip differentials." Exactly how sim-like it will be remains to be seen, but it's indeed a good start. Dirt Rally will also feature asynchronous events, team management providing improved repair times, league support. Dirt Rally is currently in Early Access and available for the price of 26,99€, and it's going to receive new content in the form of cars, tracks and features for free. Are you surprised as well by the Codies' announcement? Let us know your opinion in the comments!