DiRT 3: The Sequel Confirmed, Trailered

The first trailer for off-road racing sequel Dirt 3 was shown during ESPN’s X-Games coverage last night, and you can see it below. Needless to say, it features Ken Block’s fancy Ford Focus racing about a bit, suggesting different environments for vehicular athletics. Phwoar, eh readers?


  1. Elyas says:

    Did the Ford’s unreined awesomeness cause that truck to explode in delight?

  2. AndrewC says:

    Why did the truck explode? Jim? Jim, why did the truck explode? It doesn’t make any sense and i’m scared now. Jim? Jiiiiiiiiiim?

  3. Flameberge says:

    Excellent. Hopefully more of the same, but better, from DiRT2. With more exploding trucks, obviously. Indeed, the exploding truck shot suggests that they may be including a gymkhana mode, which would be cool.

  4. Jake says:

    Finally, a realistic looking drifting-under-exploding-trucks simulator.

  5. Nilocy says:

    When I scrolled passed the headline picture, the first thought in my head was. “Theres sci-fi version of DiRT coming out with crazy space planes set on a planet like Tatooine?”

    Then I realised it was a flying car… but still, my games more awesome.

    • stahlwerk says:

      It really does look like an A-Wing.

      Okay LucasArts, no more excuses: Where is my Star Wars (Episode 4-6) themed (inter)planetary combat sim with graphics like that?

    • bakaohki says:

      X-Wing vs. Dirt – the prequel.

  6. Octaeder says:

    Hopefully there’ll be more exploding trucks and less rival racers patronising you as you overtake them.

    • Matt says:

      But then who am I supposed to curse out during the the single-player modes?

  7. Heliocentric says:

    Why don’t they just go all out and copy blast corps and have the final few races be on various planets? If you use the button which winds down your windows you die from the lack of oxygen and freezing/burning after 20, but at least the steam clears from your windows.

  8. Eli Just says:

    Dear CodeMasters,
    Do whatever you please with explodey trucks and what not, just don’t break the Rally.

  9. Noterist says:

    I forget the exact number, but I was appalled to find out that there were only 3-5 full length rally tracks in Dirt 2. Sure they were broken up into stages, and there were other events and vehicles, but I bought the game for the rallying.

  10. Gunsmith AKA NanosuitNinja says:

    I remember just before D2’s release Ken Block was saying how he was going to enter the WRC to spread his awesome and race with his heroes, the guy cant drive for shit and compared to the REAL wrc drivers hes nothing.

    the fact his face is still on this dissapoints me, i know McRae is dead but pls CM stop bastardizing rally in favour of today dumb fuck console generation.

    personally im more excited about the official WRC game by black bean then this.

    • Optimaximal says:

      It’s not the console generation, it’s the damn x-games culture that breeds this rubbish. DIRT 2 was entertaining, but I was forced to turn the speakers down outside of the racing because of the silly ‘rad’ VOs.

  11. Helios_CM says:

    Lots more traditional rally content in DiRT 3 compared to DiRT 2.

  12. airtekh says:

    I think they may be taking a leaf out of Split/Second’s book.

  13. Monchberter says:

    I’ve always loved the Dirt / Grid games, but never actually finished any of them, but frankly it looks like they’ve really pushed the boat out again in terms of graphical car-porn. And even if have to endure the yelpy dude-rock again i’ll be givign this a go.

    But seriously, F1, Grid2 and now Dirt3? The Codies seem to be a machine these days!

  14. Adamos says:

    I always loved Codemasters racing games.
    Sure its far from been a sim racing but its a great arcade simulation mix
    Cant wait for DIrt 3, F1 2010 and more importantly Grid 2 ( my fav race game since Colin mcray 2 )

  15. JP says:

    It’s a metaphor for exploding trucks.

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  17. Stompywitch says:

    I like DIrt2 and Grid, but I’m terrible at them… Dirt 2 sits at just the right part of the respectful / reverential balance for me. Can’t see myself getting this though, I only have their current ones due to a Steam sale. :)

  18. XM says:

    Plus exploding trucks I hope. ;)

    But sounds just what the doctor ordered more rally stage type events. :)

    Thanks Codies and sorry for doubting your awesomeness in the past. :D Helios I never doubted your awesomeness though. ;)

  19. Derf says:

    Oh, a third serving of what-americans-think-rally-is.

    Pass… and bring on WRC!

    • Vinraith says:

      The DiRT games are fun enough but yes, a real rally racing title would be very welcome. I say that as an American, even!

    • EvaUnit02 says:

      Dude, you do realise that most of Codemasters’ internal studios are in the United Kingdom, right?

  20. fabamatic says:

    Does Dirt 2 have the same arcadey feeling that Dirt has. For me the best rally semi-arcade, semi-simulator is Colin 2005.

  21. Tetracell says:

    Dirt 2 is still quite an arcadey feeling game, but i’d say far less so than Dirt. I didn’t play a heck of a lot of the first one because I just couldn’t get a feel for the way the cars handled, but i’ve put in a disastrous amount of hours with Dirt 2. It’s really fun, and the handling seems to hit a sweet spot between arcadey and sim-like handling.

    Also Vinraith, isn’t 1C (i think) coming out with WRC2010 real soon? I was watching a trailer or something for it the other month and it looks really good, maybe a successor to Richard Burns Rally.

  22. KillahMate says:

    If Kieron were here, he’d tell you to pay attention to the music track playing in the slow-mo part of the video. It’s “Heaven”, by UNKLE, and in its music video (directed by Spike Jonze, incidentally), slow-mo skater dudes escape exploding ramps and such. Here:

    link to youtube.com

    I don’t know why they copied it, but that’s clearly where they got the exploding truck from.

    • Navagon says:

      Because it’s a homage. The kind of thing that people are going to take note of. Like you did,

    • AndrewC says:

      That’s sort of awesome. I mean, it’s sort of minor fail in that it’s a slightly undercooked homage (a real life video depicts more, and more dangerous, explosions than a videogame video?), but still, that’s sort of awesome.

  23. Skusey says:

    I hope this has far more, far larger rally stages. The flamboyant fireworksy stuff is fun but their rewind feature and drifty handling really lends itself to driving quickly in a forest for 20 minutes or so. Although it looks like this version might have rain and snow in it, which would certainly be a plus.

  24. LeFishy says:


  25. Initialised says:

    So… is this game going to be shamelessly bundled with every Radeon 6000 or do they expect people to actually buy it this time round?

  26. Spinoza says:

    Its from video game? Looks like B movie shoot on desolated parking lot in Brighton.

    • Spinoza says:

      Hmm Mark Twain just hit me (hit me ) while very convincingly arguing against premise of my previous post. I do , I am really sorry

  27. Mashakosha says:

    Rain! Snow! Less-than-perfect racing conditions, huzzah! Love Codies racing games (with the exception of fuel, god that game was terrible) and I have no doubt that this will exceed my expectations, as the others have done.

  28. Radiant says:

    Fuck me that looked nice.
    Any chance of a 1080 vid?

  29. pkt-zer0 says:

    Snow! Finally. Dirt 2 not having any of that was disappointing.

  30. Navagon says:

    The logo looks like it was designed by Snoop Dogg. Otherwise it looks good though.

  31. TeeJay says:

    I’m not a knowledgable rally fan so can anyone tell me why there isn’t a Sebastien Loeb branded game yet? I’ve heard he has dominated the results for the last 6 years or so.

    It’s not because he’s French and drives a Citroën and occasionally gets his shirt off, is it?

  32. Tunips says:

    What I’d like is for a rally game with dirt 2’s level of accessible handling and handy rewinds to cover the length of the Dakar rally. Both of them. I don’t give a stuff about the silly racetrack modes or the duuuude-ishness.

    • Vinraith says:

      I’d buy that.

    • Guhndahb says:

      I would as well, most certainly.

      I _really_ loved McRae 2005. I know it’s considered somewhat arcade-y, but it was just the right level of that for me. And all I want is rally in the game, nothing else.

  33. Will says:

    I would also buy that.

  34. MadMatty says:

    uhm i havent even finished playing the 1 yet- jon´s gotta give it back to me… ill trade him his external dvd-burner…..

    • MadMatty says:

      still, I Am A Fan of Codemasters´ Driving Team (what was it?)
      – got DiRT and GRiD- they´re lacking in common sensical features, like been allowed to practice new vehicles in the campaign mode before being forced to use them in the next race.
      The menus are very flashy, but also cumbersome and slow- but no worries, the actual driving experience is as close to Grand Tourismo (heaven) on the PC.
      The graphics are also a bit more than allright ! – I expect the 3 to be good aswell, but as i mentioned the 1 is decent aswell, and havent been playing a lot of it- so i wont be picking up the 3 in a long time

  35. Dhatz says:

    if those flames on the ground weren’t one huge sprite, i’d not guess it was ingame.