DiRT 5 Announced - Launch Scheduled For October

All has become clear as Codemasters confirm their new off road racing title is... DiRT 5!

Yes, the teaser has become an announcement, with Codies confirming the fifth instalment of their DiRT franchise is in the works and expected to launch towards the end of the year.


The full press release:

DIRT 5’s global journey takes in some of the most thrilling, exotic, and picturesque settings such as New York City and Rio de Janeiro alongside challenging events in remote areas of Greece and China. Players will experience the thrill of in-your-face extreme racing in a variety of vehicle classes from buggies, unlimited trucks, and rock bouncers to traditional and modern rally cars.

The expansive narrative-driven Career is bigger in every way with event types and challenges across some of the toughest terrain. Before hitting the track, get creative using the livery editor, with more customisation options than any previous DIRT game. DIRT 5 features a non-linear progression path, so players can choose more of the events they want.

DIRT 5 heralds the return of split-screen for up to four players. The full list of game modes will be announced shortly, including a new game mode focused on creativity and designed for social couch play with friends or global online battles against the best racers in the DIRT universe.

DIRT 5 also boasts a roster of voice talent led by the iconic Nolan North and Troy Baker. Together, and in their unique style, the dynamic duo guide and mentor players through the Career mode and feature in the DIRT in-game podcast series, including the voice talents of other celebrities from the worlds of racing and gaming.

“As a studio, we are big fans of DiRT 2 and 3. This game is our homage: a bigger, amplified DIRT off-road experience in a setting that is alive, challenging and fun,” said Robert Karp, DIRT 5 Development Director at Codemasters. “Whether you want to compete against the AI on some of the world’s most challenging environments or play a four-player split-screen game with your friends, DIRT 5 has you covered.”​
DiRT 5 will be available October 2020 on the Xbox and PlaStation family of consoles and PC, with Google Stadia to follow.

Keep your eye out in the DiRT 5 sub forum here at RD - a perfect place to discuss the game.

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Rob Every

May 31, 2008
Not even slightly interested sadly, the last game was so poor I can't believe it was even released, saying that look who made it, they are so boringly predictable. Dirt simish title, dirt garbage, dirt simish, dirt garbage, yearly f1 games, grid, cmon guys do something original.


Aug 10, 2007
Hints of Forza Horizon meet Dirt 2 and Grid 2019 - and dare I say it a splash of Showdown.:thumbsdown: :cautious:

Let the big roast begin!
Probably because everyone here thinks every single racing game HAS to be a sim when in reality they dont you can have loads of fun in games that arent sims. GRID for instance was a descent game. But just cant please some people.


May 4, 2017
I have mixed feelings. Don't like too much to see GT's and Mustangs racing and crashing each other, but the off-road races with buggies look kind of interesting. The Ariel Nomad is a thing I kinda want to drive. But still, I redemeed DiRT 4 almost instantly when it came out so I don't see myself buying this, unless in a sale with a huge discount.

Ruy Horta

Feb 17, 2014
Probably because everyone here thinks every single racing game HAS to be a sim when in reality they dont you can have loads of fun in games that arent sims. GRID for instance was a descent game. But just cant please some people.
There is plenty of room for all kinds of tastes and games, no problem.
What does matter is the expectation of fans.

So Forza Horizon, clear right?
Now DiRT, DiRT 2, DiRT 3, DiRT Showdown, Dirt Rally, DiRT 4, DiRT Rally 2 and now DiRT 5

Not clear, as a customer you do not know what a DiRT title will bring, more arcade or less arcade, whatever.
The problem is not the game, it is using a franchise for different games styles, that way you are certain to disappoint or piss off a certain part of your player base. The simple solution is to NOT abuse the loyalty of a franchise title.

DiRT 5 will probably please people looking for a quick spin a la Forza Horizon, it will probably not appeal to all DiRT fans, it will almost certainly not appeal to most DiRT Rally fans. Nice marketing F-up.

There was a time when Codemasters just gave games different names.
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