While Codemasters (the publisher) and Codemasters Studios (the developers) are fully behind DiRT: Showdown — which will be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in May (late May, if the European release date of May 25 is any indication) — they are quick to point out that, as we said, this is a spin-off, and not the next game in the series.

“This isn’t DiRT 4,” Smith notes. “DiRT is well-known for being fairly a sim-heavy off-road rally game. But Showdown is something completely different. It’s taking the action sports elements we introduced in DiRT 2 and DiRT 3 — especially DiRT 3 — and wrapping them up in its own game. So this is not DiRT 4.

“Though that game will come.”