First details of DiRT 3 spin out of gamescom. Now features snow, lots of sliding sideways

The Dirt series looks set to become even more epic in 2011 thanks to a whole host of new features revealed for the next game in the rally-based racer. Dirt 3 will have snow effects, 50 year's worth of vehicles from Mini Coopers and Audi Quattros to souped-up Ford Fiestas, a revamped career mode and promises to cram in 'more than double the tracks from Dirt 2 and three times the amount of rally-specific content'. And of course, Gymkhana, a spectacular display of car control that makes you involuntarily make 'woo' noises like this...

New drivers are being introduced to the serious rally side of things, so as well as Ken Block fronting the game again, British rally expert, Kris Meeke is also set to tear up the tracks of Dirt 3. We've got our fingers crossed for a full roster of drivers, but we'll have to wait and see what Codies come up with. 

Above: If those leaf effects make it into the actual game then consider us wow-ed

Races will take place in the jungles of Kenya, forests of Europe and the US and also the snow-filled courses of Scandinavia. The icy effects of the snow sound like they're going to be ace with realistic snow compacting in different areas to really test your driving skills.

For old-skool fans of offline multiplayer, you'll be able to race against a mate (or an enemy?) in a split-screen stylee. And as seems to be the in vogue thing for racing games right now (see: Blur, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit) Dirt 3 will have social networking features integrated to no doubt boast to your friends about what times you've clocked recently.

Above: Glorious snow effects will make for some slippy excitement as you blast round the courses

What else? All this...

- Dynamic weather and day/night cycle
- Party mode for pass the pad, offline action
- Gymkhana events to chain together highscores and complete challenges
- 100+ routes compared to Dirt 2's, now measly, 41

We're already excited about Dirt 3 even though we've only seen a trailer and some screens. We're desperate to get hands-on with the game so we can do a preview for you. We'll keep you posted.

August 19th 2010




  • TheBoz - August 25, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    I would love to see more classic cars in rallying games, it is a crime I haven't seen the Escort Mk1 or MK2 heavily featured in a game. Would love to see some late 70s and 80s rally cars in a game.
  • joabbuac - August 21, 2010 7:54 a.m.

    :( i want grid 2
  • smallberry - August 20, 2010 3:32 a.m.

    Alright so I've figured this out. After this game, Codemasters will decide on a gritty reboot and we'll get some serious WRC action and none of this X Games themed malarkey. It already looks substantially reduced.
  • d0x - August 19, 2010 8:06 p.m.

    I still play Dirt 2 so I truly cannot wait for this game. Hopefully it still has somewhat sim like physics. The Dirt series was always a little more arcade like than its father the Colin McRae series but thats fine cause its still fun. Hell I love the series so much I still play Colin McRae on the original Xbox every once and a while.
  • tacehtselrahc - August 19, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    Good news, it looks like the series is getting back to proper rallying rather than the raid style events which dominated in DIRT 2. I'm looking forward to the snow courses, I used to love them in the old Colin McRae Rally games.
  • IIBrownieII - August 19, 2010 6:02 p.m.

    HAHA that video is nothing short of brilliant! Im so jealous Nath! It also makes me want to play DIRT again... can't wait for DIRT 3, codies make the best racers :) and ofcourse snow is always great!
  • chriswilliamsuk - August 19, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    looks awesome, i'm still playing dirt 2 and red dead and swapping between the two, so can't wait for this as this looks like it has already topped itself from the previous game, this is a defo buy for me next year
  • conchking - August 19, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    Things like this make me jealous of games journalists. :P
  • GamesRadar_NathanIrvine - August 19, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    @JakeyBaby I honestly thought we would die in a fireball as the car fish-tailed through the tunnel. Thank jeebus, Mr Ken Block is such an excellent driver and a nice bloke too. @Wriggly Yes.
  • JakeyBaby - August 19, 2010 2:47 p.m.

    I loved the video Nathan! Ha! I wonder if they threatened to take you round again if you say anything bad about the game :P Looked well fun, the game too.
  • Wriggly - August 19, 2010 2:24 p.m.

    Snow, that's what the kids are into these days, right?

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