DiRT Rally 3.0: Is the franchise waiting for the WRC license?

It’s all quiet on the sim rally front for Codemasters, but what are they waiting for?

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Rally 3.0 TN

DiRT Rally 2.0 is one of the defining rally sims on the market currently, and it’s easy to see why.

The game boasts a large variety of in-game content for racing, and impressive physics and visuals.

However, it’s been nearly 3 years since the game was released and Codemasters has now ended updates for it, so fans are naturally turning to the potential of DiRT Rally 3.0. Let’s take a look at what we know so far!

Latest News – There is no news

The Summer gaming conventions have come and gone, and there was no news about the DiRT Rally franchise. Instead, Codemasters used EA Play Live to show off GRID Legends, which won’t arrive until 2022.

Rally 3.0 1
SIDEWAYS ACTION: The sim has some awesome physics!

That leaves Codemasters with just one release, F1 2021, this year and two titles next year. That means we shouldn’t really expect a new rally title from them until 2023.

However, that means it could come with a fancy new badge…

DiRT Rally WRC?

Currently with Nacon and KT Racing, the WRC lisence is coming over to Codemasters in 2023.

The WRC series has been growing in quality the last few years, with some of the most challenging and enjoyable gameplay on offer.

WRC 10 Hyundai

While WRC 10 delivers on the stages, it is in need of a career mode refresh. Which is just what Codemasters could provide.

With WRC2, 3, and Junior also in the game, it would be a perfect way for Codemasters to restart their sim rally series.

If that is the case though, fans will be waiting a long time for a new rally title from Codies, who made their mark on the racing scene with titles like Colin McRae Rally.

With DiRT Rally 2.0 no longer receiving support, the Codies team is clearly moving onto other projects. Now that they are an EA studio, a big splash with an official and exclusive license seems like the most natural path for them to take.

Support for Rally 2.0

Naturally, support for the current title will continue in terms of online multiplayer, and potential further bug fixes.

Rally 3.0
CLOSE CALL: The sim also has some awesome multiplayer!

Whilst the studio will also be focussing somewhat on DIRT 5, no doubt the team is also well underway with our next rally-based sim.

Toby Hogg

Hi guys, I'm Toby and I've been fascinated by motorsport from a young age! Having karted for many years, sim racing turned into my next hobby, and I'm still here. I also enjoy streaming on Twitch, classic cars (ask me about Goldilocks), and airsoft!

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