Codemasters has release the first in a series of DiRT 3 Q&A developer diaries for the sequel to 2009’s million-seller, DiRT 2. The developer diary features the first gameplay footage, taken from early pre-alpha code. It also explains the details behind biggest video game to roar out of Codemasters Studios.
Viewers are taken behind the scenes of DiRT 3, as developers introduce the game, answer questions from fans and hone their real-world driving skills by racing Ford Escorts around the forests of Wales at the Phil Price Rally School.
The developer diary also reveals the first DiRT 3 gameplay footage, showing the iconic Audi Sport quattro tearing through a forest stage at the new Finland rally location.
The video reveals the huge amount of rally content to feature in the game, with the discipline accounting for 60% of its career mode. DiRT 3’s exhaustive car list includes the current 2010 WRC rally cars such as the Ford Focus RS WRC and Citroen C4 WR. Furthermore, for the first time in a videogame, it will introduce the 2011 Ford Fiesta RS WRC to be driven by Ken Block.
In addition to the cars competing at the highest level of contemporary rally, the extensive car list will star over 50 licensed off-road vehicles spanning 50 years of the sport, including classic racers like the Lancia Integrale and Mini Cooper S 1275.
With rally stages set across three continents, including the addition of all-new locations Finland, Kenya and Michigan, players will learn to master the conditions on tarmac, gravel and snow in dry and wet conditions for the most authentic rally experience.
This Developer Q&A video is the first in a planned series, each of which will focus on a different area of the game. Fans can submit questions for inclusion in future videos and keep up to date with the latest news, screens and videos straight from the studio by visiting www.facebook.com/dirt3game
Coming in the summer of 2011, DiRT 3 will boast more cars, more locations, more routes and more events than any other game in the series.
With more than twice the track content of 2009’s hit, players will enjoy a career as a professional driver, competing in off-road racing events on the intense, weather-beaten rally stages of Europe, Africa and the US and pushing car control to the limit in all-new Gymkhana-inspired showpiece challenges.
DiRT 3 is now in development at Codemasters Studios for a 2011 release for the Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION3 and PC.