Hello there! Thank you to the entire Xbox community for embracing Dirt 5 since its launch in November last year on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. It’s already been one heck of a ride, and the entire Codemasters team has loved seeing your racing antics, photo mode shots, livery designs, and playgrounds creations. Seeing as you’ve given us all of that, it only seems fair to give you something in return, right?
Today marks the first content drop for Dirt 5 of 2021, and we’re kicking things off in a big way with a major game update and content pack. Enough of me blabbering on — let’s get into the fun stuff, and offer up some tips on how to really get the most out of everything coming your way from today…
New Dirt 5 Cars, Events, and Items
First up: Say hello to the Energy Content Pack, stuffed full of new items and options for multiple modes. Four new cars join our eclectic off-road garage, headlined by the incredible Porsche Taycan Turbo S — an electrifying supercar with over 700bhp! The Taycan is joined by another European beast, the Alpine A110 Sports X, and they’re flanked by a pair of legendary American trucks, ready for any off-road challenge: the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra Pre-Runner.
But the cars are the just the start. The Energy Content Pack adds 25 new career events to conquer, with two new sponsor options holding the key to more new content and customisation options. Bespoke liveries, new player profile options, and custom livery patterns are yours to discover and show off as your progress through the new career thread.
Free Dirt 5 Playgrounds Items and More Content
Next, the new Junkyard Playgrounds update, adding more variety and possibilities to Dirt 5’s custom arena creator mode. Over 20 new items are yours to use in this pack, from rusted scraps, to discarded appliances, to a fire-breathing dinosaur structure made of scrap metal. Yes, you read that right! The fresh batch of themed objects can be used together, and with all other existing playgrounds items, in your custom designs.
It’s not just the Energy Content Pack and Junkyard Playgrounds update content that we’ve added today, though. Update 3.00 for Dirt 5 is also going live today, featuring free offerings for all players! Take to the track sporting new liveries for three new cars, all classic and iconic designs for the Ford RS200, Ford Escort RS Cosworth, and Peugeot 205 T16 Evo 2. On top of that, we’ve added a third playgrounds location: Italy joins South Africa and Arizona, and the first to feature a two-tier arena, opening more ways to get creative.
Update 3.00 is available to download now for all players, which includes the new liveries and playgrounds options. For the Energy Content Pack, if you own the Dirt 5 Amplified Edition, or grabbed the Dirt 5 – Year One Update after the game’s launch, the content will be automatically added to your game, whilst base edition players can purchase it now from the Xbox Store.
Oh, and don’t forget: Dirt 5 offers a free next-gen upgrade system for any version of the game thanks to Smart Delivery. If you purchase Dirt 5 on Xbox One, then switch up to the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, you’ll get the next-gen version of the game, free of charge!
How to Get the Most from Dirt 5’s New Content
So that’s the key details on the new content – but how do you make the most of it? Whether you’re a career completionist, a playgrounds designer, or a time trial leaderboard leader, we’ve got something new for you to get behind the wheel of.
For the additional career content, it’s as simple as it gets. Head to career from the main menu and a new option, “Energy,” will be available. Head there to find a fresh thread of 25 events to conquer – all-new races with different combinations of car classes, locations, and dynamic weather conditions. Many of the events will include the ability to select one of the four new cars to race with. Alongside the action, the sponsors tab is there to allow you to select either of the two new options. You can switch between sponsors at any time, but if you want to unlock all the new items, make sure to have both Xite and MadCroc as your sponsor for a good run of races each, and those rewards will flow!
The four new cars are spread across two different classes: the Porsche Taycan and Alpine A110 are in Rally GT, whilst the duo of American power trucks are in Pre-Runners. As for the cars with new official liveries, the Ford RS200 and Peugeot 205 are in 80s Rally, and the Ford Escort RS Cosworth is in the 90s Rally class. All these classes are represented in career and the updated playlist of online multiplayer events – and of course, in arcade and time trial events, you can use any car class to your heart’s content. TL;DR – whichever way you play Dirt 5, you’ll get plenty of new experiences through the new content.
Playgrounds will of course be full of new opportunities, the moment you jump into Dirt 5 with the new content. Right now, you can check out amazing playgrounds using both the new location and junkyard items, to spark some inspiration before making and sharing your own.
Kicking Off a Year of Dirt 5 Deliveries
As recently announced, Dirt 5 will join the Xbox Game Pass library on February 25! XGP members will have access to the game with Update 3.00 installed, meaning the new playgrounds options, liveries, and more will be waiting for you. We can’t wait to welcome more of the Xbox community into the bold racing world of Dirt 5. Enjoy yourself and let loose, people!
And… breathe. As you can see, there’s plenty to get stuck into with the new Dirt 5 goodies and Update 3.00, which will also tweak and refine all aspects of the game, based on reports and feedback from our community. We’re starting the year as we mean to go on; content drops, free stuff, new options, and further improvements will keep coming throughout 2021, and that starts right now with the Energy Content Pack and Junkyard Playgrounds Pack. Ready to race?
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