DiRT Showdown Schedules Motorized Mayhem For May 2012

The racing gurus at Codemasters have decided to make their next rally game different from their last. Taking a break from precision-based time trials and hairpin turns, DiRT Showdown will bring motorized mayhem to a series which has previously been more formulaic than adventurous. It’s planned for release this May, for PC, 360 and PS3.

This pyrotechnic-filled vehicular extravaganza will include a few different gameplay modes which focus on more accessible mechanics. Each of the following three will be present throughout its career mode, with Showdown final victories being your goal.

Races – Players must earn and use nitrous in order to fly past opponents on tracks comprised of multiple routes and high-flying ramps.

Demolition Derby – Crash your way to victory in a mode which should certainly look and play phenomenally.

Hoonigan Events – Accessible controls will allow gamers of all skill levels to perform visceral stunts in various stunt parks.

Racing fanatics can look forward to over fifty career challenges, which take place in locations from San Francisco to Miami and Tokyo. Lasers, pyrotechnics, multiple vehicle types, thousands of fans and varied weather conditions, will all combine to make this a unique experience.

According to Codemasters‘ official press release, DiRT Showdown will include a robust multiplayer offering, with the option for eight-player races. Party game modes, quickfire events and Youtube integration will also be present, alongside the ability to issue Showdown Challenges. That sounds like the team’s answer to Need For Speed‘s Autolog feature, where you can track your friends’ individual stats and performances.

Set to deliver a brand new dive-in-and-drive rush of speed, style and destruction, today Codemasters® announced that DiRT Showdown, an action packed extension of the award-winning DiRTseries, will debut May 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC.

In DiRT Showdown, players will jump into a new world of competitive and combative racing, boosting, tricking and smashing their way to “Showdown” finals on a chaotic tour of motorised mayhem.  The first trailer capturing the unique atmosphere and high-octane thrills of DiRT Showdown is now playing at www.dirtgame.com.

“DiRT Showdown is not the sequel to the authentic rally-centric DiRT 3, but a brand new experience from the DiRT team,” said Julian Widdows, VP, development. “We’re building on Codemasters Racing Studio’s world-class strengths in track design, graphics, AI, damage and online to create a new theatre of racing with the emphasis on accessibility and fun from race one.”

“DiRT Showdown charges into the arcade racing space with a uniquely Codemasters feel,” said Mike Chapman, senior games designer.  “Whether players are using nitrous to boost, smashing into their opponents or pulling off stunts, DiRT Showdown’s fresh handling system and super-charged damage engine embed excitement into every event.”

There are three broad categories to DiRT Showdown’s action-sport racing. Players will use nitrous to blast past rivals and negotiate courses filled with ramps, multiple routes and obstacles in full-contact Racing events. Gaming’s most advanced damage engine is unleashed in Demolition Derby themed events where players smash and crash their way to victory in bone-jarring style. Finally, in Hoonigan events, gamers will send fans wild in huge stunt parks where accessible new controls offer every player the chance to become a freestyle driving hero.

From San Francisco to Miami and London to Tokyo, players will dominate their rivals and wow the crowds. Pyrotechnics, lasers and thousands of fans give each venue a sports entertainment atmosphere, becoming the perfect stage for players to perform. Over 50 different events across four championships will challenge gamers in a variety of conditions – sun, snow and rain – through the day and under the floodlights at night.

DiRT Showdown will feature an exciting new line up of off-road machines. Ken Block’s all new Gymkhana FOUR H.F.H.V. Ford Fiesta debuts alongside an eclectic mix of vehicles across a range of classes. From saloons and muscle cars to pick-up-trucks, hearses and vans, players have a wide selection of custom cars to trick, race and destroy.

DiRT Showdown will be Codemasters’ most connected game ever – split-screen multiplayer, eight-player online racing, on and off-line quick-fire party games and YouTube integration all come as standard. Players will also be able to issue “Showdown” Challenges’ to compete with friends whether they are online or not.

Powered by the award-winning EGO Game Technology Platform, DiRT Showdown will be uncaged May 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC.

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