Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Codemasters' flagship DIRT series could be due to get the boot, as owners EA have rebranded the developer's official DIRT Twitter account as ‘EA Sports Rally’, in the wake of rumours that the next game in the series could be a WRC title rather than the abandoned DiRT Rally 3.0.
According to a report on Exputer (via Metro) from insider Tom Henderson, anonymous sources state that Codemasters' next rally game will be an official World Rally Championship affair, suggesting that KT Racing and Nacon might also no longer be making WRC games from 2023, following the release of WRC 10 in September.
Assurances had been offered by Codemasters that its DIRT series would continue, following a legacy that stems from the launch of Colin McRae Rally back in 1998, but should the studio's focus shift to WRC, under the EA Sports Rally label, then that may no longer be the case. DiRT Rally 2.0 might be the last DiRT Rally title.
With plans for a DiRT Rally 3.0 seemingly cancelled, sources claim that Codemasters is now focusing solely on F1 and GRID (the most recent entry of which, GRID Legends, released last month), alongside WRC, expected to launch in 2023, despite supposed development troubles following departures from the studio's QA department.
Codemasters acquired the WRC licence back in July 2020, with a five-year deal enabling the studio to release licensed rally titles between 2023-2027. Expect EA Sports Rally WRC sometime next year, then? This seems like a fairly safe bet. Until then, may we recommend the excellent DIRT 5 once again?
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