Raeburn: DiRT 2 includes Leaderboards, news feeds and 'scribbles' to enable players keep up-to-date on their friends' racing achievements. More details to follow soon but I will say that we've listened to our community's feedback from DiRT and we're putting together a comprehensive online package that we think players will be very happy with.
Since the move to off-road racing and, what us Brits would say, the Americanisation of the last game, can we expect a stronger focus on rallying that made the games famous in the first place?
Raeburn: Colin McRae was a pioneer in rally/off-roading, competing in the X-Games, Dakar rally and Race of Champions following his WRC career. DiRT 2 has his spirit of adventure coursing through its veins and, like him; we're embracing fresh challenges and opportunities.
We believe that DiRT 2 encompasses all the very best that contemporary off-roading has to offer, with but that doesn't mean that we've forgotten our heritage. We've still got a good spread of 'traditional' rallying in the game, which we believe captures the sport at its most thrilling - dizzyingly fast, dangerous and very dirty. Man and machine in perfect harmony, pushing it to the absolute limit. We think you'll like it.
Downloadable content is becoming more and more popular. Without saying that 'it's something we're looking at', what can we expect post launch?
Raeburn: Well it's definitely something we're considering! Haha! Seriously though, we have plans to launch a number of small DLC packs soon after launch which players can use to personalise and augment the boxed game. More details to come...
Are we likely to ever see the original PSone Colin McRae games released as downloads over the PlayStation Network?
Raeburn: [Declined to offer any comment]
What's the single biggest, key feature that's new about the game?
Raeburn: It would have to be the World Tour. This is the career mode and with it we're creating a journey for the player, which will encapsulate the spirit of off-road racing - it's about travelling the world in your RV, hitting off-road festivals and building your rep as a driver.
Along the way you'll build friendships with the stars of the modern off-road world and these relationships help you move up the ladder. If you impress and get on well with the big names on the circuit, they'll invite you to cooler events and even offer to team up with you for major competitions. The USA, Japan, Malaysia, Croatia and others await as you climb to the pinnacle of modern competitive off-roading.