Developer Codemasters has released its newest update for Dirt Rally 2. Besides some general fixes to help improve the game, it adds a new location, liveries for your cars, and virtual reality compatibility. You can check out the full Dirt Rally 2 update 1.7 patch notes at the bottom of the article. Below you will find a few of the highlights from the update.
Dirt Rally 2 Update 1.7 Patch Notes | VR support
VR compatibility for PC now available
The long-awaited VR upgrade for Dirt Rally 2 is now available for PC through Steam. Since it is part of the new update, it is completely free, and will be available to you when you download Version 1.7. You can check out the trailer below to see it in action.
“Since launch, our community has been very vocal about wanting a VR version of Dirt Rally 2 so we’re delighted to bring this to the PC Version,” said Dirt Rally 2 Game Director Ross Gowing in the announcement. “It turns out that many of our players, VR is the only way to experience a rally game, and this will enable them to enjoy playing like never before.
For those who already own it, you will be able to play Dirt Rally 2 right when you boot it up. If you were waiting to purchase the game until VR was introduced to the rally racing game, you may want to buy it from the Oculus store. Purchasing the Oculus edition of the game will garner you a special daily, weekly, and monthly challenge, as well as five exclusive car liveries themed after the VR headset. You can purchase it on the Oculus store now for $59.99.
Will there be PS VR support?
This begs the question, will there be PS VR support for Dirt Rally 2? As of right now, the answer is no. From the patch notes, it was mentioned that Codemasters does not currently have plans to bring PS VR support to the game.
Dirt Rally 2 Update 1.7 Patch Notes | New DirtFish location and liveries
The new Dirt Rally 2 update also brings some brand new content to the game, including a new test drive location and a few liveries. Again, since this is part of the update, you will not need to spend a dime on the new location or the liveries.
The new location, dubbed DirtFish, is a brand new test drive location, allowing you to try out your cars before you take them to a race. If you were wondering, DirtFish is a school for rally racing and has its own motorsports team. As of right now, this is just a test drive location which means it is only available when you select “test drive” from the “vehicle options” menu.
While it isn’t available in any other modes yet, it is expected to hit Freeplay sometime in the future. If you were looking forward to driving on DirtFish with other racers, you may be a bit disappointed. Stated in the patch notes, there are no current plans to add the new location to Multiplayer.
The new liveries being added to Dirt Rally 2 via the 1.7 update are also themed after DirtFish. Each livery is designed for certain cars and will only be useable for that vehicle. Regardless, they all sport a black and orange colorway with the official DirtFish logo slapped across the side of the vehicle. If you want to get an idea of what to expect from the liveries, check out the picture of the Subaru WRX STI NR4 above. Here is the list of vehicles that will get a new DirtFish livery:
- Subaru WRX STI NR4
- Opel Adam R2
- Ford Fiesta OMSE SuperCar Lites
- BMW E30 M3 Evo Rally
- Per-Inge Walfridsson – Lancia Stratos
Full Dirt Rally 2 Update 1.7 Patch Notes
- Added support for OpenVR (Steam version only)
- New Location: DirtFish (Test Drive only)
- New Livery: DirtFish – SUBARU WRX STI NR4
- New Livery: DirtFish – Opel Adam R2
- New Livery: DirtFish – Ford Fiesta OMSE SuperCar Lites
- New Livery: DirtFish – BMW E30 M3 Evo Rally
- New Livery: Per-Inge Walfridsson – Lancia Stratos
- Resolved issue where negative times were being displayed on Leaderboards.
- Tyre compound choice will no longer reset to Medium after every Stage.
Added support for more scheduling options when setting up Club Championships.
- Added Turbocharger audio to Lancia Delta S4 (Rally).
- Resolved texture error on Ford Escort RS Cosworth.
- Resolved texture error with bonnet underside on Citroën C3 R5.
- Resolved issue with Porsche 911 RGT Rally Spec’s brake lights not working.
- Improved appearance of ŠKODA Fabia Rally (Up to 2000cc) tail lights and spoiler.
- Bikernieki, Latvia – Corrected grid slot ordering for Rallycross Heats
- Bikernieki, Latvia – Resolved issue where starting lights would not activate.
- Bikernieki, Latvia – Resolved collision issue with specific rumble strip.
- Łęczna County, Poland – Improved lighting effects on grass.
- Łęczna County, Poland – Corrected time of sunset from 04:16 to 18:55.
- Resolved issue where Engine Upgrades 5 and 6 for Peugeot 205 T16 Rallycross were inverted.
- Resolved issue where ghost targets were not tracking correctly on Stage progress bars.
- Made fixes to certain issues preventing “Adaptable” from unlocking.
- Portuguese – Correction to text translation of “Hard Tyres”.
- German – Correction to text message for when users load a Tuning Setup.
- Spanish – Corrected co-driver callouts for certain turns on Polish stages.
- Added official support for Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula V2 (AO) on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
- General stability improvements and minor bug fixes throughout the game.
And finally, some updates on hot topics within the DiRT community:
- There are no plans to add PlayStation VR support to DiRT Rally 2.0.
- Issues where audio cuts out mid-Stage are currently being worked on and should be resolved in a future update.
- Issues where Tuning Setups revert to default when taking part in Club Events are currently being worked on and are expected to be resolved in the next update (1.8).