Update: Following Microsoft’s announcement of the Xbox Series S and Series X launch date of November 10, Codemasters has confirmed that DIRT 5 will now be a day one launch title on these consoles. We await news on the PS5 version.
If you were looking forward to the launch of DIRT 5, you’re going to have to put that enthusiasm on hold for a little while. Codemasters has put the launch date back by three weeks, to November 6.
It’s actually the second time this summer that DIRT 5 has been held at the lights. When originally announced, the game had an official street date of October 9. During August, Codemasters pushed that back a week to October 16, and now the date has slipped again.
Our road trip just got a little bit longer. Thank you for being part of the journey with us. 🖐️ ❤️ pic.twitter.com/p5c8MDUfKo
— DIRT (@dirtgame) September 7, 2020
This second delay appears to be simply a matter of logistics. With next-gen consoles all set to launch in November, Koch Media, which is the game’s distributor for physical copies, simply wants to be able to deliver as many day one discs of all versions as possible in a short time frame.
The date is of particular note, as it suggests that at least one of the next-gen machines — if not both — will arrive on or around November 6. Neither console manufacturer has yet revealed a specific time for its new platform, leaving only the windows of “Holiday 2020” and, more recently, “November” in the case of the Xbox Series X.
As for DIRT 5, it arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 6. Digital-only Amplified Edition buyers will get three days’ early access too. Players who pick up the current-gen console edition are entitled to a free upgrade to next-gen on both console families. That will add a 120fps option on both PS5 and XSX, and rapid loading via the new SSD in both consoles.
While Codemasters has already revealed DIRT 5’s big, new-to-series feature — the arena course creator “Playgrounds” mode — there’s still more news to come from DIRT 5, including a final car list. Watch this space for all the latest!