DiRT Rally sneaks onto Steam Early Access

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DiRT_Rally

There aren’t many rally games out to play these days. Wait, let me rephrase that: There aren’t many good Rally games to play these days. For a while now, I’ve always thought of DiRT 3 being the benchmark of that sub-genre, a triumph of high-speed racing mixed with mud, time attacks and gymkhana. And dammit, it’s been sorely missed. Thing is, there’s a new DiRT game on the way. And its been released. Kind of.

Codemasters dropped an all new DiRT game on Steam Early Access, dubbed DiRT Rally. According to Codemasters, the Early Access release was done in order to “make sure we get this right”. Which means goodbye gymkhana, and hello to just pure rally driving once again, which sounds rally good:

You’ve been asking us for a game that is pure rally with none of the fluff, one that has more stages, longer stages and repairs in between stages. You’ve told us how you want your own team, to be able to set the car up how you want and to feel like you own the car you’re driving. We want to deliver that game.

So, right now at the start of Early Access this is what you are getting for your money.

Just over $37 gets you 17 cars, 36 tracks, asynchronous challenge events, team management, simulation handling and league support. To start with that is, as Codemasters has promised more content on the way. “We won’t be charging anything for that new content,” Codemasters said.

Regardless of when you join us you’ll have access to everything we produce for our early access period at no extra cost. So that’s what we’ve made and this is just the starting point. Over the coming months we’ll be adding more cars, more tracks, new game modes and features we haven’t even thought of yet — features that you are going to think of and help us build.

According to a timeline for the game, the goal over the next six months will include the new track of Pike’s Peak, a mix of modern and classic rally cars, Rallycross, PVP and more. Right now, the game is PC-only, but a console version is being considered. And I’m dead keen for a new rally game from someone other than WRC FIA publishers Black Bean, who set the gold standard for bland and formulaic in an otherwise exciting and dirty form of racing.

Last Updated: April 28, 2015

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