• Cape Town stadium will feature in the upcoming version of Dirt 5.
• The stadium was built for the 2010 FIFA world cup and hosted several matches.
• Dirt 5's art director Amrish Wadekar the stadium provides an amazing focal point in context of the game.
The Cape Town Stadium has been selected as one of the in-game playgrounds in the latest off-road racing game, Dirt 5. The 14th iteration of the game in the Colin McRae Rally series and the 8th to carry the Dirt title, launches in November.
The stadium was built to host football matches for the continent's first FIFA world cup in 2010.
The off-road racing game allows users to choose between rallycross, ice racing, stadium super trucks and off-road buggies. The game's developers, Codemasters, says players are able to virtually drive an iconic roster of cars while conquering global routes of which the sea-side stadium is one of.
It's a boost for local tourism to have the stadium publicised on a popular game like Dirt 5. "We are over the moon that one of those includes the Cape Town Stadium as the in-game playground," said Cape Town Stadium’s CEO, Lesley de Reuck.
"Not only is its selection a nod to Cape Town’s appeal as a 'gnarly' and happening tourism destination, it pays homage to the natural beauty of the City and acknowledges the Stadium as playing a major role in helping maintain this reputation," De Reuck said.
"The inclusion of the Cape Town Stadium in Dirt 5 was an automatic choice for us, Dirt 5 art director, Amrish Wadekar, concurred.
"The city itself is a destination for various motorsport events – it has hosted the FIA World Rallycross Championship in past – and the backdrop to the stadium is truly stunning with the majestic Table Mountain on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. That mixture of heritage and beauty made it a perfect fit," he said.
Wadekar says the stadium provides an amazing focal point in context of the game.
"Beautifully designed with smooth, streamlined features, the stadium translates well into a game environment," he said.
"When it comes to lighting, the transparent nature of the outer shell provides a great opportunity for distinct and dramatic effects, particularly when at night. Then, the huge contrast between the internal and external space is great for a game situation as it helps to make each area distinct and memorable.
"As players are going to discover, entering the stadium for the first time is a jaw-dropping experience and allows for some great revealing shots as they transition into the interior space," he said.