Colin McRae DiRT 3 – First Details Revealed

Three days ago, Codemasters released a first video trailer of their upcoming Colin McRae DiRT 3 title that is scheduled to be released in 2011 for the PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Codemasters’ own Helios confirmed right here on VirtualR that the third part of the DiRT franchise will be offering much more traditional-style rallying than its predecessors.

This is backed up by chief game designer Matt Horsman who recently revealed some details on DiRT 3 to EDGE Magazine. DiRT 3 will feature a mix of modern and classical rally cars that can be used in an all-new career mode. Players start out as privateer driver in 90s rally machinery and have to work their way up the ladder.

The cars can be raced on over 100 stages, ranging from Norway to Africa, including the site of the most famous rally of them all – Monte Carlo. DiRT 3 will be featuring a dynamic weather system including snow & ice, players will be able to upload their most spectacular replays straight to Youtube.

Using the trusted EGO-engine, Colin McRae DiRT 3 will be released in 2011 for the PC and consoles, following the successful second edition of the franchise that sold over 1.7 million copies.

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  • Philip Oakley

    Sounds reasonably good. Presumably it won’t be full sim, but as I’ve said before, for me there are two categories – career mode based games (e.g. F1 2010, DiRT series) and sim racing games (rF, GTR2, iRacing etc).

    So I’ll probably buy this, but maybe not immediately.

  • go codemasters go !

    this sounds really nice, looking forward to it :D
    if it turns out to be awesome enough, might “need” to uppgrade my pc

  • Gaiajohan

    I still haven’t seen anywhere that this game will have the name ‘Colin McRae Rally’.
    I only see the name ‘Dirt 3′.

  • Uff

    The reason is simple: this game will be called Dirt 3. Dirt 2 has been the last game with “Colin McRae” in the title: it was the final game Codemasters realized to remember the Scottish driver.

  • kevmscotland

    Yeah, they dropped the Colin McRae pre-title after his death before DIRT2 made it out.

    original launch carried the CM but when they brough it out on steam later they seemed to have dropped it to just “DIRT2″

    Out of respect it would be nice to still have Colins name, but lets be honest, without his input, its probably better they do drop it, because if it turns out to be crap then it atleast doesnt disrepect him.
    Its possible his family also dont want them using his name to cash in either.

    At this stage, it should be “Ken Block’s DIRT3″

  • F1Racer

    That direct upload to YouTube feature is pretty smart thinking. 
     
    Loads of vids will get uploaded to YT and more people will see it in action which in turn can turn some of those viewers into buyers (if they aren’t already).    Kind of a free marketing thing.  Clever.

  • Chris Karsten

    The new WRC game has just ebcome way les interesting..

  • dknine

    DIRT2 is still pretty fun to do, not full sim, but a good mix for a casual gameplay.

    I still prefer DIRT3 to be a full sim, who knows.

  • Alice

    If depends on me: a game like Dirt 2 but only Rally stages, and all that “skate-modern-apperance”, inmediatly out.

  • stabiz

    I agree, and at the same time I am really not sure why companies like Simbin makes it so hard to do videos from their games, the cam options are beyond crap in GTR, GTR2 ++++ and even GTR Evo. rFactor (from 2005) had the best cam options until the previous build of iRacing.

  • McBain

    I hope they keep rallycross, but with real tracks. We’ve been having some fantastic races in Dirt 2, going three-wide into corners and somehow pulling it off.

  • IWE

    I thought they used 2 different titles. Dirt2 in US and Colin McRae Dirt2 in Europe.. Seems like I was wrong.

    Anyway it would be nice if they would include still something from Colins rally career like his old WRC cars (with original liveries and not like in Dirt2), but like always there is tons of licence problems.

  • David Wright

    Why not career mode based games and non career mode based games? 
     
    Is a career mode not part of a sim?  GT Legends has a career mode as does Richard Burns Rally.  iRacing is career mode based too.

  • Captain Underpants

    All I want from Codies is to please, please bring back Australian tracks. They used to be the one bastion of mainstream games that had a lot of Aussie cars and tracks, but have abandoned it since Grid. Oh, and virtual mirrors.

  • Oggy

    => over 100 stages
    => DiRT 3 will feature a mix of modern and classical rally cars that can be used in an all-new career mode. Players start out as privateer driver in 90s rally machinery and have to work their way up the ladder.

    yup, im pre ordering this

  • pez2k

    Indeed, I’ve had great times running a GT ‘career’ in GTR2, starting in a privateer Venturi in ’96 and working my way up through the teams. Even rFactor was originally intended to use a money system, car upgrades and race seasons, which most people now ignore it seems.

    As for Dirt 3’s career, I have the same hopes for it as any other rally game that isn’t a sequel to RBR: that it’s as close to Rallisport Challenge 2 as possible. That game was perfect on so many levels, and it rather spoilt the later CMR series for me. Codemasters careers that I’ve played (TOCA 3 / WTC and TOCA Race Driver 1) have been pretty good however.

  • F1Racer

    Yeah and iRacing is based on Nascar Racing 2003 right ?  That had a brilliant replay system. 
    What gets me with the rFactor replay is how slow the slowmotion is.  Its too slow.  It should have 2 speeds like GTR2 or have it user definable.

  • Philip Oakley

    What I mean is that you make the career yourself. I’ve done countless careers in GP4 and rFactor. But in F1 2010, the game makes the career itself. You don’t need to use Excel or anything to do a career :)  I suppose GT Legends’ main bit isn’t the career mode. I suppose Richard Burns Rally’s is career mode based, but I would still group it with the sim racing games.

  • stabiz

    Yep, that was the only cool part of GTR2 cam options. In iRacing there are several slow mo speeds, from slightly slower to mega slow. The bad thing about the iRacing cams is that you have to fiddle around with the advanced cams a bit before you understand how they work, not very intuitive, but i guess that is the case with rFactor too. (Not as complicated in rfactor, but not as advanced either)

  • Gaiajohan

    My Dirt 2 has Colin mcrae on the box..

    There is ‘Colin McRae Dirt 2′ on the front cover.

  • Hompe

    If the physics are as good as dirt 2 or better this game will be a hit for sure :)

  • Jorge Araujo

    Looks like codemasters is finally understanding racing games. And that’s really good for sure. Dirt 2 was great on the rally bits. If this one pick up the good physics of the Dirt2, improve it (a sim would be awesome) and put 90’s racing machines in the play, then I’m sure it will be a very good game.

  • Rolands Svētiņš

    Yes, Dirt 2 was an awesome racing game. And I really believe that Codemasters will pump it even more up in Dirt 3!

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