Gavin Raeburn, DiRT 2's senior exec producer has said the franchise hasn't "forgotten our heritage," and DiRT 2 sports the "very best" it has to offer.
Raeburn says DiRT 2 has that "spirit of adventure coursing through its veins", just like the late McRae himself, and is "bringing fresh challenges and opportunities" to rally fans.
"Colin McRae was a pioneer in rally/off-roading," said Raeburn, in an interview with .
"His ventures into events such as the X-Games, Dakar Rally and the Race of Champions have inspired us to look at events covering the extremes of off-road motorsport. This is where we're taking the series with DiRT2 and Colin will play a part in that. DiRT2 will be a great tribute to an incredible champion."
"We believe that Dirt 2 encompasses all the very best that contemporary off-roading has to offer, with but that doesn't mean that we've forgotten our heritage," continued the senior executive producer.
Despite the vehicle diversity and no longer keeping intent focus on rallying, Codemasters are adamant it's still got that at its core.
"We've still got a good spread of 'traditional' rallying in the game, which we believe captures the sport at its most thrilling - dizzyingly fast, dangerous and very dirty."
Colin McRae: DiRT 2 is being released on Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, DS, Wii and PC in late 2009.