In many parts of the world, choosing an off-road car to own is a lot like choosing a sports team to support. It’s more than a decision; it’s a pledge of allegiance. For decades, manufacturers like Ford, Jeep, Range Rover, Chrysler, Chevrolet, and more have raced on the roads and in the factories to earn the adoration of all-terrain drivers. Now, a legendary name in this battle has returned not just to the real world, but to video games, too – courtesy of Dirt 5.
A Joyride Down Memory Lane…
The Ford Bronco was a major contender in the 4×4 wars until the final model of the series left the showroom in 1996. After a quarter-century hiatus, the Bronco is back – a move that prompted instant delirium amongst off-roaders and gearheads. The early images of the revamped Bronco models sparked more excitement, and recent test drives have only fueled the hype further.
Forbes sat in shotgun at racing ace Vaughn Gittin Jr. tore up an off-road track in the Bronco: “Airborne just moments after the start, Gittin busted the bronc without mercy, launching it up, over and around a tight, twisting path through the kind of terrain generally reserved for mammals of the hooved variety.” Bloomberg, meanwhile, were stunned by the car’s agility, commenting how it “…was able to dart through traffic, rolling and diving on its 10-speed automatic transmission, squishy suspension, and sticky rubber wheels.”
Ford Bronco Wildtrak 2021: Drive It in Dirt 5
Those strong words and all that excitement make 2021’s most hotly-anticipated car a perfect fit for Dirt 5 – the award-winning off-road racer. Making its video game debut, the team here at Codemasters have specially-selected the Ford Bronco Wildtrak 2021 as part of the Wild Spirits Content Pack, available now the Xbox Store! Packing in 310bhp and 400 lb.-ft of torque, as well as innovative 4×4 and differential systems, this version of the Bronco is built to take on the kind of extreme terrain and challenges that Dirt 5 serves up – from boulder-conquering runs through Arizona, to surging through the ice and snow of Nepal.
Alongside the Bronco in this pack is another purpose-built off-road monster, the Prodrive Hunter, which took on the Dakar Rally recently with plenty of aplomb. These two machines can be used in 25 new Career events, and both feature multiple livery designs that can be unlocked through new sponsor objectives. All this comes in the Wild Spirits pack, which is included in Dirt 5 Amplified/Year One Edition, or purchasable separately on the Xbox Store.
More New Content Now Live in Dirt 5
That’s certainly not all when it comes to new Dirt 5 content launching today – no sir! Update 6.00, a free game update for all players, is now live, with the headline addition being two more brand-new tracks to tear up. Head to Morocco and discover Ait Ojana and Tinghir: a pair of challenging multi-surface circuits, with jumps, big elevation changes, and a village to wind your way through. A perfect location for the new Ford Bronco to show its potential, don’t you think?
All of this adds more thrills and variety to Dirt 5, which you can grab today from the Xbox Store, or play today with Xbox Game Pass and EA Play. We can’t wait to see how you handle the Bronco! Hold on tight…
DIRT 5 – Wild Spirits Content Pack
Alongside the Bronco is the Prodrive Hunter. Billed as a ‘Desert Hypercar’, the Hunter is a production version of the incredible Prodrive BRX, which has competed across Dakar and other events in 2021, with drivers including Sebastian Loeb. Powered by Ford’s 3.5-litre twin turbo V6 engine, producing around 500bhp, the Hunter has all the power you need to dominate DIRT 5’s global off-road events.
The Wild Spirits Content Pack for DIRT 5 also further expands our Career mode with another 25 bespoke events, in the ‘Wild Spirits’ bonus chapter. The new events will include chances to race our two new cars, multi-class races, dynamic weather events, and more unique experiences.
Two additional Career Sponsors are also added: Alpinestars and VP Racing Fuels. Head to the Sponsors tab in Career to select either of these sponsors and start to unlock new rewards and content, including fresh liveries and customisation items. Finally, look out for five additional Trophies/Achievements, each connected to your progression in the new Career chapter.
To use the content within this pack, you must own DIRT 5. This pack is included as an entitlement for Amplified Edition and Year One Upgrade / Edition owners.
Whilst respecting the heritage and retaining the DNA of the franchise, DIRT 5 writes a new chapter in the legacy of DIRT – bolder and braver than ever before. New features, new innovations and a fresh approach make DIRT 5 a hub of off-road racing, style and culture, where you can constantly create highlight-reel moments.
Blaze a Trail Across the Globe
Take a trip around the world to and race on over 70+ unique routes across 10 different global locations in stunning, dynamic environments. From racing on the frozen East River in New York, to under the Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, to shining by the Northern Lights at Norway, take on opponents, the terrain and extreme, everchanging conditions.
Push The Limits with Incredible Cars
Get behind the wheel of an eclectic and exciting roster of cars. Conquer the toughest of terrain with boulder-beating machines, take iconic rally cars to new locations, or feel the power of 900bhp sprint cars. Rallycross, GT, unlimited trucks, buggies and muscle cars complete the ultimate off-road garage.
Own the Spotlight in a Star-Studded Career
Under the tutelage of an icon, all eyes are on you to become the new star of an amplified world of off-road racing. Earn sponsorships and unique rewards, conquer all locations, and take on a fierce rival in our biggest ever Career.
Compete or Co-Operate in Off-Road Action
Local split-screen up to four players on offline modes, including Career, makes DIRT 5 the perfect couch multiplayer racing game as you battle for position with your friends. Online, throw down in curated race playlists for up to 12 players, and compete in innovative objective-based modes.
Create, Share and Discover with Playgrounds
For the first time in a DIRT game, you can now create your own Gymkhana, Smash Attack and Time Attack challenges and share them online with friends and the DIRT community.
Game leverages Smart Delivery allowing access to both the Xbox One title on 3rd November and the Xbox Series X|S title on 10th November.