Codemasters has announced that the DirectX 11-powered Games for Windows Live edition of Colin McRae: DiRT 2 will launch in the UK on December 4, 2009.

"The opportunity to enter into a strategic relationship with Microsoft to fuse key DirectX 11 technologies with Codemasters' EGO Engine and set the new standard in race gaming on home computers was irresistible," said Bryan Marshall, chief technical officer, Codemasters. "By taking advantage of the DirectX 11 feature set included in Windows 7, including hardware tessellation, multi-threading and Shader Model 5.0, we will deliver the most immersive and realistic off-road racing experience yet and set the technical benchmark in the genre."

Taking advantage of DirectX 11 features, DiRT 2 will utilise hardware tessellation to further improve the appearance of water and other surfaces as well as crowd animations. The performance of Shader Model 5.0 will aid in creating an even richer 3D experience, enhancing key image quality parameters such as depth of field, ambient occlusion and shadows.

DiRT 2 is available now for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS and PSP. See what thought of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions by heading over to the review.