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DiRT 3 Includes “VIP Pass” for Online Multiplayer and YouTube Feature

The online pass cruises into DiRT 3.

DiRT 3 will release tomorrow for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The rally racer features a one-time use code called the VIP Pass, reports Eurogamer.

The VIP Pass is included with new copies of DiRT 3. Without the VIP Pass, players can’t race in the game’s online multiplayer modes.

Developed and published by the UK-based Codemasters, the racer is the latest in a growing list of games to use an online pass. Warner Bros.‘ Mortal Kombat released Apr. 19 and uses the Kombat Pass for its online multiplayer.

If a player buys DiRT 3 used, rents the game, or borrows it from a friend, they have to buy the VIP Pass to play online. The pass costs $9.99 on the PSN Store or 800 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The PC version of DiRT 3 doesn’t use the VIP Pass.

DiRT 3 includes two multiplayer modes, Pro Tour and Jam Challenge. Each mode has a variety of race types where up to eight players can compete against each other online.

Ian Webster, community manager for Codemasters, confirmed the VIP Pass unlocks five cars in DiRT 3. The cars were already on the confirmed list of vehicles included in the game. They are the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, McRae M4, the 1995 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, Hummer H3, and the Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak.

With the VIP Pass, players can also use DiRT 3’s YouTube video sharing feature, which enables players to upload 30 seconds of footage from the game to their own YouTube account. The footage is uploaded at 480p quality.

PS3 players won’t be able to redeem or buy the VIP Pass because the PlayStation Store is still down. Until the Store comes back online, PS3 owners of DiRT 3 will be sidelined from online multiplayer. The PlayStation Store is rumored to return online tomorrow, reported Gamasutra.

There hasn’t been confirmation if the VIP Pass is linked to the console or the PSN ID/Xbox Live Gamertag its redeemed on.

Photo by Codemasters

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