DiRT Rally 2.0 hits 12 million players on fourth anniversary

Thomas Harrison-Lord
Codemasters’ rally simulation has reached a staggeringly large audience over the past four years, showcasing the potential of rally video games.
DiRT Rally 2 hits 12 million players on fourth anniversary
DiRT Rally 2.0 was the last stage-based rally game created by Codemasters

Time flies, especially when you’re driving a Subaru down a Scottish forest…

It’s hard to believe that DiRT Rally 2.0 was four years old yesterday, 26th February 2023, but, true fact.

Still regarded by many as the pinnacle of rally, and rallycross, titles released within the past decade, the 2019 sequel to what was originally a skunkworks Early Access title has a loyal following.

Its class-leading engine sounds and online clubs mode have kept fans and competition organisers continually playing. 12 million in total, it turns out, according to EA Sports Rally.

It’s worth noting that in April 2020 it was part of the PlayStation Plus monthly game library and in August 2021 became part of the EA Play subscription across PC, Xbox and Playstation, and thus some tiers of Xbox Game Pass.

Still, the 12 million player mark is particularly impressive for a game that is categorised as a simulator, with a no-compromise approach.

Fiat 131 DiRT Rally 2

In its time on sale, a staggering 361 million rally stages have been completed, totalling over three billion kilometres travelled.

Hopefully, these strong player figures showcase the potential for successful rally games, none more so for upcoming WRC titles set to be created by the same company.

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