Enjoy the game in either the PS4 or Xbox One, as well as the PS5 and Xbox Series X once the next-gen consoles arrive later this year

The Dirt video game racing franchise traces its roots to 1998 with the release of Colin McRae Rally. There have been 13 different game titles since, and now, the franchise is all set to launch Dirt 5, the 14th title in the franchise. Dirt 5 arrives just three years after Dirt 4 with an unprecedented level of improvement that should put smiles on the faces of long-time fans of the franchise. Once Dirt 5 arrives in October 2020, it will be available for current-generation gaming systems, including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will also be available on next-generation platforms — the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X — sometime in 2021.

What can we expect from Dirt 5?

If the videos and teaser images are any indication, Dirt 5 could set a new standard of gameplay that would elevate the video game franchise to the upper echelon of car racing games that are out in the market today.

There appears to be a bigger variety of cars that will be available in the game. Of course, buggies and professional rally racers are expected, but we also see a decked out Porsche 911, an Ariel Nomad, and a slew of 1967 Ford Mustang fastbacks.

Perhaps a few more vehicle surprises will be revealed as we draw closer to the title’s launch date. As an added treat, Codemasters, the developer and publisher of the Dirt video game series mentions players will be given an unprecedented level of customization specifically as it relates to the paint schemes of their cars. Even if the game proves to be more difficult than you thought it would be, at least your ride is going to look as good as it could be.

How about the graphics and all-around realism?

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Codemasters went to work on developing graphics and weather packages for {Dirt 5} that we can all appreciate. Dynamic weather is available in the game.

That’s a huge factor, not only in how we play the game but also in how it ties up the environments of Dirt 5 together. Between the mud, snow, and ice, we stand to benefit from all these different weather elements and the specific racing challenges they pose to gamers.

The trailer takes place in New York City and, unless our eyes deceive us, the frozen East River adds a level of realism that we don’t get a lot of in past Dirt titles. It’s not just New York, too. Screenshot filenames also reveal that Norway, China, Italy, and Brazil are all available locations in the game. If those locations offer the same kind of realistic environment as we see in the trailer with New York City, that’s another thing that we can all get excited about.

Can we expect improved gameplay?

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The Dirt video game franchise has always been fun to play. It’s challenging, sure, but with the right amount of experience and developed skill, it’s the kind of game that’s as rewarding as any game of its kind in the market.

Now that Dirt 5 is on its way, we can expect improved gameplay that should make it more fun to play. There should still be a learning curve that comes with every new game, but Dirt 5 should have all the makings of a game that’s as fun as any of its predecessors. Codemasters is even teasing several unique gameplay modes, including one that has never been seen before from the franchise. That’s something to look forward to.

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Single-player and multiplayer modes will be supported, and you can even play a local multiplayer game for up to four people.

It’s unclear how many cars will be available in the game, but according to reports, over 70 different courses will be available.

What’s cross-generation capability?

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Cross-generation capability refers to a game’s ability to be played in different-generation consoles. in the case of Dirt 5, the game will initially be available to play in current-generation video game consoles like the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Both consoles, though, are scheduled to be replaced by next-generation versions in 2021, specifically the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X.

Fortunately, Codemasters developed Dirt 5 to have cross-generation capability. That means that you can buy the game for the PS4 or Xbox One and still be able to play the game once the PS5 and the Xbox Series X arrive next year.

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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