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News video games 01 June 2020, 20:54

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Codemasters Acquires WRC License; New DiRT Rally in 2023

Codemasters has signed an exclusive agreement with the FIA. Under the agreement, the British studio will develop WRC games between 2023 and 2027. The release date of the new installment of the DiRT Rally series was announced.

Codemasters will be the new developer responsible for WRC games.

The recent announcement of DiRT 5 is only a part of Codemasters' rally plans. The company has signed an exclusive agreement with the FIA to develop a game under the World Rally Championship license; (via It will not be another installment of the WRC series - this one will receive two more installments, the first of which will launch on September 3. Only in 2022 will the FIA agreement with Bigben Interactive, the publisher of the series, expire, and in the following year the first WRC games from Codemasters will be released, including both PC and mobile titles. The first installment of the new series will be released in the fiscal year which will end on March 31, 2024, and the followinh installments will be released over the next three years. In addition, Codemasters is to take care of the development of the franchise's esports scene.

However, this is not all, because the press release also mentiones another project we heard about some time ago. We are talking about a new installment of the DiRT series, developed by the main studio associated with the franchise (DiRT 5 is developed by a separate developer within Codemasters). As we read, the team is working on another DiRT Rally, which will be released even before the launch of British developer's WRC game. So it looks like racing fans will not be bored in the coming years.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).