Codemasters Signs Ken Block for DiRT2
March 30, 2009
LET’S BLOCK ‘N’ ROLL! CODEMASTERS® SIGNS SUBARU RALLY TEAM USA DRIVER KEN BLOCK FOR DiRT™ 2
Ken Block feature video reveals new hero of rally’s role as technical consultant and in-gamer mentor for the next iteration of the legendary off-road racing game series
Ken Block, the multi medal-winning Subaru Rally Team USA driver and co-founder of DC Shoes, has been signed as one of the key motorsport athletes who will feature in the eagerly anticipated DiRT™ 2, Codemasters® revealed today with the release of the ‘Ken Block Gets DiRTy Too’ feature video.
X Games team-mate of the late Colin McRae, Block is at the forefront of a new breed of pro drivers, competing as Subaru Rally Team USA Driver #43 in the Rally America National Championship and the world-famous X Games. He has also gained notoriety for his mind-blowing stunts in his Subaru WRX STI. For DiRT 2, Block is working with the development team at Codemasters Studios as technical consultant, lending his wealth of knowledge to the game and advising on car handling.
“Colin McRae is one of the main reasons that I am a rally driver. He is a big inspiration to me and the way I drive my rally car,” said Ken Block. “It’s really an honor to be a contributor to the creation of DiRT 2 and to be able to continue the passion that Colin had for rally and for these videogames.”
In the video released today, Block discusses his relationship with McRae, how he was inspired by the rally legend to pursue his own career and his involvement in the creation of DiRT 2. Clips from some of Block’s best known videos and rally exploits showcase the supreme control he has over his car and the style, finesse and sheer audacity of his stunts, which has ensured that views of his online videos number in the multiple millions and made him a hero amongst motorsport aficionados worldwide.
“As one of the most talented and exciting drivers on the rally scene today, Ken is a perfect fit for DiRT 2,” said Gavin Raeburn, Senior Executive Producer, Codemasters. “His insight into car handling and track design has already been invaluable to the development team and his endless enthusiasm for the game and rally as a great sport is absolutely priceless to us.”
Gamers will be able to join Ken Block for mud, gravel, dust and dirt too in DiRT 2, coming this September for the Xbox 360®, the PLAYSTATION®3 and Games For Windows® LIVE, Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and PSP®. Catch the ‘Ken Block Gets DiRTy Too’ feature video, now available from www.dirt2game.com.
ABOUT DiRT 2
Melding turbo-charged off-roading with extreme sports attitude, the eagerly anticipated next chapter in the legendary racing series, Colin McRae:DiRT 2, will deliver a thrilling and stylish off-road racing experience. Colin McRae: DiRT 2 takes off-road racing games to a new level with thrilling new race types, big event atmosphere, stunning locations, a new breed of off-roading heroes and feature a peerless line-up of super-charged speed machines covering seven vehicle classes.
Colin McRae: DiRT 2 will take players on a World Tour ofadrenaline-fuelled extreme off-road events in stunning real-world locations. Events include exhilarating rally cross in the massive Los Angeles sports stadium’s “Stadium King Shootout”, edge-of-control canyon racing of Utah’s “Creek Trailblazer” event, the “Rawang Rally Run” along treacherous Malaysian rainforest tracks and the “Battersea Battle”, where night races are staged at the iconic London power station.Building on the technical and gameplay benchmark of Colin McRae: DiRT and borrowing from snowboarding and skateboarding lifestyle and culture, Colin McRae: DiRT 2 will also add full online multiplayer and social networking functions, inviting players to become part of an extreme sports community.
To be titled “Colin McRae: DiRT 2” in all territories outside of the U.S. where the game will be published as ‘DiRT 2’.