DiRT Showdown
Codemasters Talks DiRT Showdown, the Splintering of the Franchise & DiRT 4
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What better way to launch our new video section than with one of our speciality interview videos? Answer, there is none… maybe a video of Rich and Lee doing the can-can… but we’ll save that for Christmas.

We caught up with Codemasters recently to talk about their new shift in focus in the new DiRT franchise with DiRT Showdown. Ian Smith, Associate Producer, and Mike Chapman, Senior Game Designer, were on hand to answer a plethora of questions like why did they decide to splinter the franchise, does this mean DiRT 4 will be rally focused and much, much more.

DiRT Showdown is scheduled for a May 2012 release. Check what we thought about it in our latest hands-on with the game.


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Comment #1 by ghsbe
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 05:10:42 PM
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It looks beautiful.

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Comment #2 by KuShNsTieN
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 05:15:24 PM
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dirt is the most beautiful racing game

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Comment #3 by danjs84
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 06:21:59 PM
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they need to get rid of ken block and his homo mates and get back to real rally for DIRT 4

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Comment #4 by Dr Popodopolus
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 06:31:06 PM
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GRID 2!?!?

OMG Codies said 'soon'

tell me now.

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Comment #5 by NuclearSlurpee
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 07:08:49 PM
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Hopefully they are on track with a proper DiRT rally game, something more like DiRT 1 would be awesome. DiRT 3 was ok in terms of tolerance of the action stuff, but I'm not sure if this should be called DiRT.

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Comment #6 by eiVaL
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 07:35:38 PM
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only thing fun about Dirt 3 was the CTF vs modes, except there was only 1 good map the others all sucked

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Comment #7 by UberPirateNinja
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 08:31:16 PM
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Screw this, I want the can-can video.

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Comment #9 by Gonzogasm
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 09:47:24 PM
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Love all of the Dirt games. This one looks sweet too. Looks like Mayhem 3D but not absolute S#*T

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Comment #10 by Rasp
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 10:10:21 PM
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@1 That was the pre-alpha build as well. Fantastic.

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Comment #11 by wyliecoyote1973
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 01:36:24 AM
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Dirt 1 (not so much) Dirt 2 (Bloody Awesome) Dirt 3 (meh) Get back on track guys.

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Comment #12 by ZedChuva
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 02:20:50 AM
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Take out the races and bring back Hill Climb and trucks for Dirt4. Pure rally, no stupid races, no X games and no Gymkhana. Just rally rally rally!

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Comment #13 by Music Man SUB
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 03:41:00 AM
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Why is the car that the player drives the only car that makes a big cloud of dust...

Anyway, I'll pass on this one. Give us a 'normal' rally game and GRID 2! PLEASE!!!

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Comment #14 by taffaroo97
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 03:58:59 AM
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get some proper Rally back into the series please codies

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Comment #15 by Mr Matty
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 04:13:51 AM
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@11 You do know Dirt 2 was crap .
The annoying and sin voice overs and garbage talking during races.
Just the tip of the iceberg.

Just ditch the trucks !
I want a rally game point to point racing .
I just don't think Ego offers the feel of rally like the engine used in Dirt 1

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Comment #16 by Harry Lloyd
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 06:10:42 AM
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Bad video quality, even with HD on. I suggest you upload videos to YouTube and embed them here.

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Comment #17 by JustAFriend
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 07:44:36 AM
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no april fools threads this year xbox360a? shame on you

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Comment #18 by DecadentBeaver
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 08:58:08 AM
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I only ever played Dirt and never got round to playing more than 5 mins of GRID. Always other games to pla.

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Comment #19 by JDST iVuL7uReZz
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 09:34:19 AM
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Does anyone know if there will be original cars too?

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Comment #20 by Rekker09172194
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 10:21:44 AM
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Go back to the old raw rally feel of Dirt 1, ditch cheesy voice overs and gymkhana crap.

And for Grid 2, dont put that gay sepia effect in like you did with the last one.

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Comment #21 by cheevo360
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 12:26:10 PM
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Yes I want DiRT 4 with full proper 1000% rally and they can bring back Gymkhana in multiplayer only for singleplayer should stick it's full rally with world tour, challenges, time trials and single rally :):)

Plus Plus bring back GRID 2 please

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Comment #22 by Barad
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 12:55:28 PM
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Forget dirt 4 just work on GRID 2!

This looks sick.

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Comment #23 by Simlaurel
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 03:05:50 PM
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Love the Dirt franchise, but would like to see it go back to a Dirt 1 kind-of-feel. The gymkhana events just aren't my cip of tea...And hey, speaking of Dirt, how's about making Dirt 3 DLC the deal of the week for once.

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Comment #24 by The Deathdefyer
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 05:45:15 PM
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What they need to do is fix Operation Flashpoint: Red River and support it like they said they were going to do, not abandon it after a month. Until they prove that they are capable of supporting games and their fanbase, I won't be buying another Codemasters game again.

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Comment #26 by keavd77
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 01:51:52 PM
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this game looks quality just like the rest of the dirt games i suppose

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Comment #27 by Natetendo83
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 03:41:20 PM
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Grid 2? Where do I send my money?

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Comment #28 by Benny34
Friday, April 06, 2012 @ 06:41:28 PM
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this guy looks like me lool.

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Comment #29 by Ostrowski
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 11:05:37 AM
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I wish I could understand more of what this guy was saying lol

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Comment #31 by M0nster
Sunday, April 15, 2012 @ 11:50:51 AM
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Looks pretty good man, can't wait for the actual release.


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US June 12, 2012
Europe May 24, 2012

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