New Codies’ racer announced, with screenshots aplenty

After all the hype surrounding MGS: Rising, there were a couple of announcements at the VGA‘s that seemed to pass everyone by. One such game is Dirt Showdown.

As a huge fan of the series, and indeed any Codemasters racer from this gen, I’m really looking forward to this. This new spin-off will be hitting the PS3 in May of next year, so not too long to wait and (while it hasn’t been confirmed) I’d expect Showdown to be a download-only title. Surely they wouldn’t put out a spin-off, with an announcement only made a few months earlier, as a full retail release.

Here are the key features of Showdown, as described by Codemasters:

  • A brand new kind of DiRT – DiRT Showdown is a new arcade racing game from the makers of the acclaimed DiRT series. Accessible, pick up and play controls combine with spectacular events and stunning graphics to deliver high octane, dive in and drive thrills from event one.
  • An exciting and eclectic mix of vehicles – DiRT Showdown features a mouth-watering selection of cars. Ken Block’s all new Gymkhana 4 HFHV Ford Fiesta debuts alongside a varied selection of vehicles across a range of classes. From saloons and muscle cars to pick-up trucks, hearses and vans, players will have a wide selection of cars to trick, race and destroy.
  • No holds barred racing events – Trade paint and use nitrous to speed past rivals in DiRT Showdown’s range of racing modes. Courses are littered with obstacles, pinch points, multiple-routes and ramps to deliver adrenaline fuelled racing across spectacular courses.
  • Bone crunching demolition derby events – Players will crash, smash and bash their way through a range of demolition derby themed events which pushes the EGO-powered damage engine to its spectacular limits.
  • Edge of control hoonigan events – A new accessible handling system lets players let loose in free-roaming, freestyle stunt parks. Compounds flooded with obstacles play host to a range of new challenges, from performing trick runs to competitive stunt events, explorations challenges and more.
  • Make your way to the showdown – Race through each championship until you make your way to the ‘Showdown’ finale. Each Showdown is held in a unique festival atmosphere where a frenzied party atmosphere, including pyrotechnics and lasers combine with DiRT Showdown’s high-octane driving gameplay.
  • Party modes and split-screen – DiRT Showdown is purpose built for social gaming. Dedicated party games are available online and in split-screen perfect for sofa gaming with a low barrier to entry for friends where classics like ‘capture the flag’ and checkpoint challenges get the Showdown treatment.

  • Showdown challenges – All new for DiRT Showdown, players can now issue Showdown Challenges so players can test themselves against their friends whether they are online or not.

  • Iconic locations as you’ve never seen them before – Every location in DIRT Showdown becomes a thrilling racing theatre, custom designed for players to perform on the perfect stage. From San Francisco to Miami, Nevada to Michigan, Tokyo to London, each of DIRT Showdown’s locations delivers a unique atmosphere for a wide range of events.

  • CRASHBACK! – Flashback becomes Crashback in DiRT Showdown – whenever a large crash happens, players can see ‘kill cams’ from several angles showing how the carnage unfolds. In single player events, gamers can also upload clips direct to YouTube.

Some screenshots were also unveiled, so take a look at the best of them below, before letting us know what you think of Showdown in the comments section.

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  • Dirt is already pretty much arcade, so this must be way over the top.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure how I feel about this.  Couldn’t  The CodeMasters maybe make something new?  They were one of the most prolific developers in the 90’s.  Now, all they do is throw out (good?) racing games…
    Time for a change of direction says me.