We just got a bummer bomb in our inbox a few moments ago from Codemasters reps informing us that the console version of DiRT Showdown has been delayed in North America from its original release date of May 29th to June 12th. They cited their distribution partner Warner Bros. for the delay stating that Warner Bros believes the later date “will provide the game with a clearer release window and create a greater opportunity for success at North American retail outlets.” We are not distribution experts but we can’t see how a few extra weeks will help that but chances are there is probably another huge game coming out the same day and they would rather wait until the smoke clears from that. In that respect the move is understandable but maybe the ol’ WB is underestimating just how badly DiRT fans want this game!
The good news is that if you were planning on getting DiRT Showdown on your PC or through the “Steam” online distribution system you will still be able to get your hands on the game on May 24th globally. So, if the delay makes you crazy you can always get the game for your PC instead. Otherwise you can keep playing the demo (which is out now on Xbox Live and Playstation Network) until June 12th rolls along.
The only thing we are un-sure of at this point is if the console version will also be delayed overseas as well. If Warner Bros. is the worldwide console version distributor it is likely but we are unsure. We will be sure to let you know if we hear anything more about DiRT Showdown’s release.
UPDATE: We just got word from Codemasters’ reps and according to them “North America is the only territory affected by the delay.” There you have it. If you were looking for the console version and do not live here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. then your release is still on schedule!
DiRT Showdown Ship Date Revised to June 12 for North America
Los Angeles – May 16, 2012 – Codemasters has revised the ship date of DiRT Showdown for North America to June 12, 2012 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, after discussions with its distribution partner Warner Bros. Both Codemasters and Warner Bros believe the move to June, from its original May 29 date, will provide the game with a clearer release window and create a greater opportunity for success at North American retail outlets.
The PC edition is unaffected and holds its global digital release date of next Thursday, May 24, and will be available from Steam.
About DiRT Showdown:
DiRT Showdownwill 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 Showdownwill 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. Find out more at www.dirtgame.com