If you’re a fan of the DIRT franchise you’ll need to get your calendar out and fill in this date: October 9. That’s when DIRT 5 officially hits on current-gen PlayStation and Xbox One consoles, Google Stadia, and PC.
Codemasters has confirmed that the latest entry in the DIRT series lands a mere 16 weeks from now. To mark the official release date announcement, it’s also released a new behind-the-scenes video clip featuring some of the voice talent that’ll feature in the game.
In case you’re not familiar, DIRT 5 won’t simply be an off-road racing game. There’s a career mode which takes the player on a journey through a story that the DIRT team has put together. You’ll take on the role of a young talent, new to the DIRT scene and make friends and butt heads with veteran drivers.
There’s two central characters in this story. Alex “AJ” Janicek will take the mantle as your mentor, while Bruno Durand will be… the other guy. Renowned voice actors Troy Baker and Nolan North will play the respective roles, and the clip you’ll see below features some of their thoughts on the game’s narrative.
While you’re taking part in the 130-odd races spread across the five chapters of the story, there’ll be other ever-present voices. The DIRT Podcast by Donut Media will feature in the game, with hosts James Pumphrey and Nolan Sykes — better known as Donut Media — playing roles as themselves. You’ll also get to hear from them in the clip below.
The precise nature of the story is under wraps at the moment, but Olly Johnson, the dialogue producer at Codemasters, comments in the video that “we want you to be motivated to beat Bruno Durand”. Color us intrigued.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners will be able to pick DIRT 5 up too, but Codemasters has yet to announce a release date for these versions.