DIRT could very well be on the chopping block, as EA Sports has quietly rebranded the series’ social media accounts. The Twitter handle @DIRTGame has been abandoned, and replaced with a new one: EA Sports Rally, or @EASportsRally. For those of you who haven’t been following the news, Electronic Arts acquired DIRT developer Codemasters last year, for a deal valued at around $1.2 billion.
In October, the team behind DIRT 5 claimed it was working on its “biggest and most ambitious game in over a decade”. Now, chatty industry observer Tom Henderson has published an article on Exputer, in which he claims that project is World Rally Championship. It would appear that DIRT Rally 3 has been scrapped, and has evolved into an officially licensed WRC title.
That makes sense, as Codemasters scooped the WRC license in 2020, with its first effort due in 2023. Considering how successful the F1 franchise has become over the years, it’s not hard to envisage WRC plotting a similar path – especially now it’s under the EA Sports umbrella. Is this a move that’s revving your engine, though? Spin out in the comments section below.