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Video: Codemasters Answers DiRT Showdown PS3 Questions

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127w ago - Today Community Manager Ian Webster at Codemasters has answered some popular DiRT Showdown PS3 questions alongside sharing a new video trailer below.

To quote: What with the release of DiRT Showdown on PS3 inching ever closer, we turned to twitter to find out what you guys need to know about the game, and then had those questions answered by Mike Chapman, Senior Designer on the game.

Is this just something to keep us going until Dirt 4?

It has to be said that the idea for a game like DiRT Showdown has been in the studio's collective mind for some time. After we finished work on DiRT 3, we knew that the time was right for the DiRT team to explore some new avenues.

First and foremost though, the game will be an exciting DiRT experience in its own right and we're confident that our existing fans will appreciate the direction we've taken, especially with what that means for future games in the series.

DiRT franchise is awesome! Thoroughly love the way it's progressed. Would you guys ever return to GRiD?

It's great to see that, years after its release, the original GRID is still such a popular game and that people have hopes for a sequel.

Matching and exceeding expectations would of course be our highest priority...
 

Video: Codemasters Introduces DiRT Showdown for PlayStation 3

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146w ago - Codemasters Community Manager Ian Webster has made available some fresh video footage today introducing DiRT Showdown for the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

To quote: We're very excited to be able to reveal to you the latest title in our award-winning DiRT series: DiRT Showdown!

Before I tell you a bit more about the game, take a look at our newly released announcement trailer to give you an idea of the kind of high-octane action you can expect to see in the game.

DiRT Showdown is due out on PS3 in May 2012, and is brought to you by the same team that brought you the other titles in the award-winning DiRT series. The game combines pick-up-and-play controls with electrifying events, frenzied crowds, and stunning graphics to deliver high-octane, dive in and drive thrills straight from the first event.

The game's going to feature three main disciplines built around the pillars of speed, style and destruction. To help illustrate what I'm talking about, here's a broad breakdown of the three disciplines in question.





No holds barred racing events: Trade paint and use nitrous to blast past rivals in DiRT Showdown's racing modes. Courses are littered with obstacles, pinch points,...
 

Codemasters VP Confirms DiRT 3 is in Development

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238w ago - Speaking in an interview published in the latest edition of [Register or Login to view links], Codemasters' Vice President Gavin Chesire directly refers to DiRT 3.

Here's the relevant section, to quote:

"Really, it's all about letting the teams just innovate. There's some great stuff coming from Birmingham that's going into DiRT 3".

He continued: "There's an overwhelming arcing vision to all of our racing titles, and GRID is incredibly strong, but we're lucky enough to be in a position where we've got racing games in different areas.

DiRT was a complete reboot - we threw away what was going on and redid it completely - and then we rebooted GRID because it wasn't top gun, and then we rebooted DiRT 2.

I'm not saying we're throwing all the codebase away, but we're throwing the thoughts away and coming out with something fresh and new. Because if you don't innovate, you're dead."
 

Video: Qore Episode 12: Batman, DiRT 2, Ghostbusters, Euphoria

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282w ago - PlayStation Network Executive Producer Kevin Furuichi shared a Qore Episode 12 preview video today via PlayStation Blog covering Batman: Arkham Asylum, DiRT 2, Ghostbusters and Euphoria.

To quote: If you're interested in busting the Joker, busting a tire, busting ghosts or busting a tackle, we've got you covered this month!

Enter the Asylum
[Register or Login to view links]. It's the place where Batman's most psychotic foes are kept under lock and key...at least, until the Joker takes control. Developer Rocksteady Games brings us inside the Gotham City landmark–the location of their upcoming game.





Who You Gonna Call?
It may have been twenty years since the [Register or Login to view links] last strapped on their proton packs, but the films have not been forgotten. Audrey Cleo catches up with Dan Aykroyd about his contributions as writer and voice actor in the new game that's revitalized the beloved franchise.

Take a Spin
Veronica Belmont also visits [Register or Login to view links] in the UK for an early look at the next iteration in its [Register or Login to view links] rally racing...
 

Dirt 2 for the PlayStation 3 Console Expected in September 2009

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291w ago - The original Dirt was a hit across the board, which naturally means that Codemasters is hard at work on a sequel. Known quite simply as Dirt 2, this follow-up was unveiled by the English publisher at a press event last night in San Francisco.

During the presentation, the big theme that Codemasters was hammering on for this sequel was the idea of off-road racing with an extreme sports attitude. What does that mean, exactly?

The first game featured voice-over work by motocross legend Travis Pastrana, but this time around Codemasters is looking to go full tilt with the game's presentation.

A teaser video revealed a scene from the player's RV, the hub where you control all your career mode exploits, and it was a raucous collection of grime, half-naked women, and general insanity. That should serve as a good hint of what the overall attitude will be.

But of course, this is still a racing game, and gussying up the user interface will take you only so far. Thankfully, Codemasters revealed some intriguing information about the type of racing you'll be doing this time around. The biggest chunk of information they let out is the inclusion of stadium rally events.

They showed a gameplay video of a fictional stadium built around London's Battersea Power Station, with...
 
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