DiRT Showdown introduces "combative racing" to the series

by: Travis -
Codemasters has announced a new entry in their rally racing series titled DiRT Showdown that will introduce players to action oriented racing where destruction is warranted and highly suggested for success. Described as featuring "combative racing" and a "chaotic tour of motorized mayhem," Showdown looks to offer more accessibility to the series for drivers simply wanting to run into everything on the track. Codemasters make clear that Showdown is not a sequel to the traditional rally gameplay of DiRT 3, but rather a title with more emphasis on action oriented racing events including tracks with ramps and obstacles, destruction derbies, and Hoonigan events that feature sprawling stunt parks.
 
Showdown will introduce a wealth of new vehicles to terrorize the tracks with ranging from muscle cars and pickup trucks to even hearses and vans. Tracks will be based in a variety of locations including San Francisco, Miami, London, and Tokyo. Also, players will now be able to compete with friends either online or offline in new Showdown Challenges. Sign me up as overly excited for this action based detour in the series.
 
DiRT Showdown will be available in May 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
 
Set to deliver a brand new dive-in-and-drive rush of speed, style and destruction, we're proud to introduce DiRT Showdown, an action packed extension of the award-winning DiRT series, that will debut May 2012 for the Xbox 360, PS3, 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.
 
"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."
 
"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, PS3 and PC.
 
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