Codemasters will be offering a free upgrade to the PS5 version of DiRT 5 to all PS4 owners.
Sony may not be talking about how it plans to ease the transition between PS4 and PS5, but at least we’re getting some information about upcoming releases. Publisher Deep Silver has confirmed today that anyone that grabs DiRT 5 on PS4 will receive a free upgrade to the PS5 edition when it becomes available. Take that, Xbox Smart Delivery!
The offer will be limited to strictly a digital copy, but that’s still a great incentive to grab the copy ahead of your next-generation console. This is similar to what Xbox One users will be getting, so it’s great to see parity between the different versions.
As for what DiRT 5 will include, this seems to be the sequel to DiRT 3 that fans have been clamoring for. DiRT 4 was a solid racing game in its own right, but the shift to strictly rally racing made for a flatter game overall. The wild and wacky modes of its predecessors were sorely missed and I’m happy that Codemasters is returning to stuff like Gymkhana for this sequel.
Robert Karp, development director for Codemasters, said, “The trailer gives players an insight into the world of DiRT 5 and the breadth of content and features that await them. But we still have a few things under wraps including a feature never seen before in the DiRT series. If racing fans want some of the roughest terrain, extreme weather and thrills at every corner, then DiRT 5 delivers all of this and more.”
That new feature could be something related to the Stadia version of DiRT 5, which is currently scheduled for an early 2021 release. GRID, the reboot of Codemasters’ track-based series, had an exclusive 40-player mode that put a ton of cars on the track at once. It would be wild to get something similar in DiRT.
For right now, we know that DiRT 5 is releasing on PC, PS4, and Xbox One October 9, 2020. With the PS5 and Xbox Series X potentially releasing in November, you may only have a short window to receive that free upgrade to the next-generation version. Either way, you won’t need to double-dip should you buy in early.