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Colin McRae and DiRT to return

Sequel to pay tribute to the late race driver.

Codemasters will be resurrecting the Colin McRae brand with a sequel to rally racer DiRT next year.

The famed driver lost his life in a helicopter accident last September, and Codemasters has come to an agreement with the McRae family to continue using the name in tribute.

"He could do things with a car that no one else would and that's where we're taking the series with new events at the extreme edge of rally and autosport. It will be a great tribute to an incredible champion," said Gavin Raeburn, senior producer of the game.

Colin McRae: DiRT 2 will arrive on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, as well as on Wii, PSP and DS.

The first set of platforms will benefit from the full grunt of the third generation EGO engine under the hood; better physics, graphics, mud, damage, and maybe animals that walk across the road so we can run over it and break its legs off.

Aggression and pace are key, with the most powerful cars from DiRT 1 to be available from the outset. These will be accompanied by wide-ranging event and location types; from single-car races in jungles to multi-vehicle brawls in stadiums.

Topping that all off will be a full suite of online options, which includes head-to-head as well as some community stuff.

Racing games are what Codemasters does best, and with the SEGA Racing Studio back under the publisher's control, Colin McRae: DiRT 2 should definitely be worth keeping an eye on.