UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.– Dec. 09, 2009– PC engines are shifting into high gear today as the DirectX 11-powered Games for Windows LIVE edition of DiRT 2 from Codemasters® is now available in stores. Following the critical and commercial success of the console editions of DiRT 2 , the PC edition of DiRT 2 delivers the definitive off-road experience for PC gamers. DiRT 2 for Games for Windows LIVE is rated T for Teen and is available for $39.99.

Codemasters® takes advantage of DirectX 11 features to add to the realism of the racing environment. Hardware tessellation further improves the appearance of water and other surfaces as well as crowd animations. The performance of Shader Model 5.0 aids in creating an even richer 3D experience, enhancing key image quality parameters such as depth of field, ambient occlusion and shadows. These DirectX 11 features have produced the most exciting and visceral racing experience yet.

DiRT 2 takes players on a World Tour where gamers compete in more than 100 breathtaking events, including aggressive, multi-vehicle races and intense solo challenges set in an array of real-world environments. From the muddy tracks of the Malaysian rainforest to spectator-packed stadiums in London and Los Angeles, racers compete in a variety of contemporary off-road racing styles that include Rallycross, Trailblazer, Raid, Landrush and Rally.

Rally racing’s finest, including Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra, Ken Block and Tanner Faust, help players climb the ladder from rookies to off-road racing superstars. Further immersing players into the life of an off-road star, DiRT 2 ’s garage is home to a premiere collection of officially licensed rally cars and off-road vehicles including the Mitsubishi EVO X, the Subaru Impreza STI, the Colin McRae R4 and many others.

In order for technology enthusiasts to test the performance of their equipment against these cutting edge features, the playable demo of the DirectX 11-powered Games for Windows LIVE edition of DiRT 2 is now live and available for PC gamers everywhere to download and play at www.dirt2game.com.

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Damien Sarrazin




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As the sequel to the acclaimed racer of 2007, DiRT 2 takes off-road racing games to a new level, with benchmark tech, thrilling new race types, big event atmosphere, stunning locations, a new breed of off-roading heroes and a peerless line-up of super-charged speed machines. Delivering a thrilling race experience and an extreme sports attitude that borrows from snowboarding and skateboarding culture, DiRT 2 takes players on a World Tour to diverse and challenging real-world environments to compete in contemporary off-road events.

Specifically selected to deliver aggressive and fast paced racing, DiRT 2 ’s garage houses a best-in-class collection of officially licensed rally cars and off-road vehicles; covering seven vehicle classes, players are given the keys to powerful machines right from the off. DiRT 2 comes complete with full online functionality that is core to the overall experience, with head-to-head competitive online play and new social features to engage the racing community. Prepare for mud, gravel, dust and dirt too in DiRT 2 .

Titling information:

To be titled“ Colin McRae: DiRT 2 ” in all territories outside of North America where the game will be published as‘ DiRT 2 ’.


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