Dakar Desert Rally’s Road Book editor and Free Roam now coming post-launch

Justin Melillo
Some of the features expected at launch for Dakar Desert Rally, releasing 4th October, will now be pushed into future free updates.
Everything you need to know about Dakar Desert Rally  

The planned roadmap for the upcoming title Dakar Desert Rally was shared around official Dakar Desert Rally social media groups on Monday (2nd October 2022) and things that might have been expected at launch are now to be expected to join the title in future free updates.

Dakar Desert Rally, which will release for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, will no longer have the Road Book editor or Free Roam driving when the game goes live on 4th October 2022. The roadmap plans them both to be out in 2022, but as a free future update.

Other free updates listed include an October update for the Saudi Arabia Extended Map, as well as two 2023 items which will include a Team Customization Tool for custom liveries, as well as Replay and Photo Mode.

The roadmap also laid out the Season Pass DLC that will be dropping either before the end of 2022 or at some point in 2023. The SnowRunner Pack is up first with the Classics Vehicle Pack #1 joining it in releasing in 2022.

SnowRunner, of course, is the name of the terrain simulator that is made by the same publishers at Saber Interactive.

2023 will see Classics Vehicle Pack #2, a Hybrid Vehicle Pack, and the USA Tour, likely the new map that was spoken of when the Season Pass was announced.

Everything you need to know about Dakar Desert Rally  


Most of the free updates coming either this year or next were expected to be included at launch, but sadly it looks like they likely needed to be developed more and were pushed back.

The Extended Map, which will add 36 stages to the 130 that will be included with the base of the game, will be the first piece of content released in a few days, per the development team on their discord.

The Road Book editor is where you can create your own event route to be shared online to be driven by others. This feature will come to PC first while it is refined before rolling out to other platforms.

That will be the next piece that the team works on, with Free Roam also slated to come out before the end of the year. The livery customization will have to wait until 2023, unfortunately.

Everything you need to know about Dakar Desert Rally  

Dakar Desert Rally will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S upon launch and is set to feature over 150 official vehicles, four-player online multiplayer and dynamic weather.

Dakar Desert Rally post-release features

  • Saudi Arabia Extended Map – October 2022
  • Road book editor – 2022
  • Free roam driving – 2022
  • Team customisation – 2023
  • Replay and photo mode – 2023

Dakar Desert Rally release date

Dakar Desert Rally will release on 4th October 2022.

Dakar Desert Rally pre-order bonus

  • Audi RS Q e-tron

Dakar Desert Rally Deluxe Edition contents

80s Classics Trailer reveals retro bonus content for Dakar Desert Rally Deluxe Edition
  • Dakar Desert Rally game
  • Dakar Desert Rally Season Pass – includes five upcoming DLC packs
  • DAF Truck Turbo-Twin
  • Peugeot 405 Turbo 16

Dakar Desert Rally Season Pass

The Season Pass for Dakar Desert Rally will include five upcoming DLC Packs, previously stating that it would be including a new map, new vehicles, and two new rally events.

Those packs will be the SnowRunner Pack and Classics Vehicle Pack #1 in 2022 with 2023 bringing Classics Vehicle Pack #2, Hybrid Vehicle Pack and USA Tour DLCs.

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