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DiRT Showdown Announced

DiRT Showdown Announced

Codemasters has announced the latest instalment in the DiRT driving game series, DiRT Showdown. It will be released in May 2012 on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Check out the announcement trailer and the first details below.


Tuesday Dec 13th(10 AM UK ) – Set to deliver a brand new dive-in-and-drive rush of speed, style and destruction, today Codemasters® announced that DiRT Showdown, an action packed extension of the award-winning DiRT series, will debut May 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC.

In DiRT Showdown, players will jump into a new world of competitive and combative racing, boosting, tricking and smashing their way to ‘Showdown’ finals on a chaotic tour of motorised mayhem. The first trailer capturing the unique atmosphere and high-octane thrills of DiRT Showdown is now playing at

“DiRT Showdown is not the sequel to the authentic rally-centric DiRT 3, but a brand new experience from the DiRT team,” said Julian Widdows, VP, development. “We’re building on Codemasters Racing Studio’s world-class strengths in track design, graphics, AI, damage and online to create a new theatre of racing with the emphasis on accessibility and fun from race one.”

“DiRT Showdown charges into the arcade racing space with a uniquely Codemasters feel,” said Mike Chapman, senior games designer. “Whether players are using nitrous to boost, smashing into their opponents or pulling off stunts, DiRT Showdown’s fresh handling system and super-charged damage engine embed excitement into every event.”

There are three broad categories to DiRT Showdown’s action-sport racing. Players will use nitrous to blast past rivals and negotiate courses filled with ramps, multiple routes and obstacles in full-contact Racing events. Gaming’s most advanced damage engine is unleashed in Demolition Derby themed events where players smash and crash their way to victory in bone-jarring style. Finally, in Hoonigan events, gamers will send fans wild in huge stunt parks where accessible new controls offer every player the chance to become a freestyle driving hero.

From San Francisco to Miami and London to Tokyo, players will dominate their rivals and wow the crowds. Pyrotechnics, lasers and thousands of fans give each venue a sports entertainment atmosphere, becoming the perfect stage for players to perform. Over 50 different events across four championships will challenge gamers in a variety of conditions – sun, snow and rain – through the day and under the floodlights at night.

DiRT Showdown will feature an exciting new line up of off-road machines. Ken Block’s all new Gymkhana FOUR H.F.H.V. Ford Fiesta debuts alongside an eclectic mix of vehicles across a range of classes. From saloons and muscle cars to pick-up-trucks, hearses and vans, players have a wide selection of custom cars to trick, race and destroy.

DiRT Showdown will be Codemasters’ most connected game ever – split-screen multiplayer, eight-player online racing, on and off-line quick-fire party games and YouTube integration all come as standard. Players will also be able to issue ‘Showdown Challenges’ to compete with friends whether they are online or not.

Announcement Trailer
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All comments

Commented on 2011-12-13 14:22:57
Looks to be more Americanised than ever.
Commented on 2011-12-13 14:35:24
“DiRT Showdown is not the sequel to the authentic rally-centric DiRT 3, but a brand new experience from the DiRT team."

So, looks like the DIRT we can all avoid now. Thanks for being so honest!
Commented on 2011-12-13 14:39:30
I love those desctruction derby type races.
I can't even count the amount of hours I poured into that gametype in the Flatout series.
Commented on 2011-12-13 14:45:31
Oh for fucks sake, dirt 3 was great and a step away from the awful über americanized dirt 2, and this is where they deside to take the franchise next?

This was a decision made in a boardroom full of suits.
Commented on 2011-12-13 15:18:06
They should make grid2 too many rally, off road games
Commented on 2011-12-13 15:41:51 In reply to Bakutheswede
Posted by Bakutheswede
This was a decision made in a boardroom full of suits.
the irony on the avatar.
Commented on 2011-12-13 16:10:21 In reply to nostradamus
Posted by nostradamus
the irony on the avatar.
Commented on 2011-12-13 16:31:35 In reply to nostradamus
Posted by nostradamus
the irony on the avatar.
Hahaha ;)
Commented on 2011-12-13 16:34:27
so i am guessing this doesnt even have any rally's :| when i read the title i thought this would be an arcade game
Commented on 2011-12-13 17:09:23
The series has gotten worse and worse with every release, this direction is hardly surprising. But it is quite sad to see.
Commented on 2011-12-13 17:12:49
Codemasters like off road, rally games too much
Commented on 2011-12-13 18:49:43 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
The series has gotten worse and worse with every release, this direction is hardly surprising. But it is quite sad to see.
Not really, dirt 3 was a better game than dirt 2 in every way.
Commented on 2011-12-13 20:01:33 In reply to Bakutheswede
Posted by Bakutheswede
Not really, dirt 3 was a better game than dirt 2 in every way.
They tried to sell it as such, but it really wasnt. Just the same old americanised shite. Pity, there was once a time when codemasters made decent rally games. Can't imagine those days are ever going to return?
Commented on 2011-12-13 21:22:42
Dirt 2 was awful, Dirt 3 was far far better!
Commented on 2011-12-13 21:38:31
Yes!! The demolition racer genre has been neglected too long!!
Commented on 2011-12-14 04:30:58
It's time to RUUMBLEEEEEE!!!!
Commented on 2011-12-14 11:02:04
Why not release new destrucion derby/flatout/burnout instead of ruining simple idea of racing.
Commented on 2011-12-14 23:24:02
I did not buy any dirt games so far may be this one
Commented on 2011-12-17 00:42:45
It is a spin-off, so I like it. Not a day 1 purchase, though.

And I think GRID 2 was supposed to come out next summer?
Commented on 2012-01-05 14:19:29
DiRT 3 was only released recently, so there's no point in having a sequel to that so soon. They say this is a new experience, so it's not replacing the previous DiRT - When walkers introduce a new flavour of crisps, they don't replace salt and vinegar, so no issue from me.

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