DiRT® SHOWDOWN™ DEMO AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE TODAY

Tuesday May 1 st(10 AM UK ) – Featuring both a full-impact solo race and a devastating multiplayer demolition derby event, the DiRT® Showdown™ demo will launch worldwide today and will be available from Xbox Live Marketplace, PlayStation Network and Steam on PC.

To mark the launch of the demo, Codemasters has released a ‘Demo Derby’ video showcasing the all-action motorised mayhem that players can experience today; the gameplay video is now playing at www.dirtgame.com.

In the demo, the single player ‘ 8 Ball’ race, players take part in a chaotic, full-impact race in the shadow of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, using boost to sprint ahead of rivals and speeding through crossover points where drivers can dodge or takedown opponents. Once players have completed the race, they can challenge a friend online to unlock the ‘ Rampage’ multiplayer mode. In ‘Rampage’, eight drivers feed their appetite for destruction in an online demolition derby event, earning points for crashes, smashes and eliminations.

Gamers who download the DiRT Showdown demo are also invited to sign up for RaceNet*, the free new online extension for Codemasters Racing games, which enables players to track their Races, Rivals and Rewards. Launching in beta, players who register now will be able to join in community challenges and once the full game launches, track their progress in game and track challenges with their friends. Gamers who join RaceNet will also be rewarded with an exclusive ‘RaceNet’ livery for use in the full game and will receive $20,000 in-game currency for DiRT Showdown when it races into retail on May 25 th.

A special ‘Hoonigan’ edition of DiRT Showdown is now available to pre-order exclusively from GAME and Gamestation . Sporting unique packaging, the DiRT Showdown: Hoonigan Edition will include an in-game cash boost, an online XP multiplier plusMonster Energy liveries for the Kohler D350, Duke Coupe and Ford Fiesta Gymkhana 3 and Hoonigan liveries for the Holbrook Growler, Logan Vulture and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X JUN, redeemed via an online code.

DiRT Showdown will deliver a new world of competitive and combative racing as players race, crash and hoon their way to ‘Showdown’ finals on a chaotic tour of motorised mayhem when it launches May 25 th† for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC. For all the latest updates straight from the studio, crash over to www.dirtgame.com, www.facebook.com/dirtgame or follow the team at www.twitter.com/dirtgame.

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NOTES:

RaceNet:

*RaceNet will launch in BETA alongside the DiRT Showdown demo and will be a free new online extension for all Codemasters Racing games. Through RaceNet, players will be able to track their races, rewards and rivals. With a dedicated team and long-term vision, RaceNet will continually evolve to bring together Codemasters Racing games in one place. More details and features will be unveiled when DiRT Showdown launches. Discover RaceNet at www.racenet.codemasters.com 

Release date:

† DiRT Showdown will launch May 24 thacross mainland Europe, May 25 thin the UK and ship to stores across North America on May 29 th.

DiRT Showdown:

DiRT Showdown will deliver a new world of competitive and combative racing as players race, crash and hoon their way to ‘Showdown’ finals on a chaotic tour of motorised mayhem. From San Francisco to Miami and London to Tokyo, players will dominate their rivals and wow the crowds on their way to becoming a driving superstar.

Pyrotechnics, lasers and thousands of fans give each venue a vibrant sports entertainment atmosphere, with the player taking centre stage. Over 50 different events across four championships will challenge gamers in a variety of conditions – sun, snow and rain – through the day and under the floodlights at night. DiRT Showdown will be Codemasters’ most connected game ever – split-screen multiplayer, eight-player online racing, on and off-line quick-fire party games and YouTube integration all come as standard. Players will also be able to issue ‘Showdown Challenges’ to compete with friends whether they are online or not.

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ABOUT CODEMASTERS

Codemasters, the award winning video game developer and publisher, has a 25-year heritage. With titles distributed globally, Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of driving and racing entertainment games including DiRT, GRID and the official FORMULA ONE series of games including the BAFTA award-winning F1 2010, F1 2011 and F1 ONLINE: THE GAME. Codemasters employs over 500 people and operates multiple development studios from its Warwickshire HQ and Birmingham sites in the UK with a further art studio based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Codemasters is a winner of the coveted Grand Prix Award from the Develop Industry Excellence Awards, an award bestowed on the company felt by Develop to have contributed the most to the games medium in recent times. In March 2010, Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL), a part of India’s Reliance ADA group, acquired a 50 per cent shareholding in the company, alongside existing investor, Balderton Capital, the leading European venture capital firm. For more information on Codemasters’ product portfolio, please visit www.codemasters.com. Join in the conversation with @codemasters on Twitter or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/codemasters.

 


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