The rivalry between the pair creates space for a rookie driver to make their mark in the world of off-road racing, with Baker’s character AJ becoming your mentor and North’s character Bruno Durand becoming the game’s antagonist as you compete in the Dirt Series, a globetrotting racing event across multiple disciplines.
Further to the established acting talent, Codemasters says the five-chapter story mode is brought to life by racing enthusiasts and content creators James Pumphrey and Nolan Sykes of Donut Media, who host an in-game podcast.
The career mode lets you choose the events you want to play with the goal of earning enough Stamps to qualify for Main Events that unlock subsequent chapters.
Throwdown challenges also pit you against real-world racers in one-off contests, while up to four players can offer couch-play support in multi-car challenges.
“Dirt 5’s Career underpins the entire experience and delivers a deeply immersive playground with player choice very much at the heart of it,” according to Robert Karp, the game’s development director at Codemasters.
Dirt 5 was unveiled with an Xbox Series X reveal trailer in May. The game will support Microsoft’s Smart Delivery scheme, which lets players buy a title once and play it across multiple Xbox generations.