Codemasters unveiled “Playgrounds” for DIRT 5 iduring the Gamescom 2020: Opening Night Live stream pre-show.
“Playgrounds is something we’ve wanted to share for some time,” said DIRT 5 development director Robert Karp in a press release. “It’s unique for the DIRT franchise and, with endless possibilities, we can’t wait for our players to get creative. We still have more to come so keep your eyes peeled for more exciting DIRT 5 news and check out the tease at the end of the Playgrounds trailer.”
Here is an overview of Playgrounds, via Codemasters:
Playgrounds allows players to design, create, edit and race on custom arenas and instantly share with the world. Using a vast suite of objects from bumps, kickers and ramps, to loops, tunnels and rings of fire, players can get creative with endless possibilities. Start with a blank canvas inside the iconic Cape Town Stadium in South Africa or take to the open space of the Arizona desert. From there, players can choose from three exciting game modes:
- Gate Crasher – A high-speed checkpoint dash through strategically placed gates. While it sounds simple, after adding loops and other obstacles, the challenge increases ten-fold.
- Gymkhana – Create a high-skill, fast-thrills arena peppered with drifts, donuts, and trick objects placed with precision for the perfect challenge. Players are rewarded for speed and style.
- Smash Attack – The ultimate four-wheeled hide and seek. Strategically position smashable objects and define a target score. Players must find and collect all objects in the fastest time possible.
Once happy with the design, choose a vehicle, complete the event, create a thumbnail using the in-game Photo mode, and upload. Players from around the world can download the Playground and post their best scores to the leaderboard. The only limit to a player’s creativity is their imagination.
For those who want to get straight to the action, the Discover menu is the place to go. The Featured category hosts ever-changing arenas that the studio recommends and curates. The Top option gives players instant access to the highest-rated challenges from the community. For players who can’t decide, Lucky Dip serves a menu from all three game modes.
DIRT 5 is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on October 16, and later in 2020 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. A Stadia version will follow in early 2021.
Watch the Playgrounds announcement trailer below. View a set of screenshots at the gallery.