Codemasters has announced a new game in the DiRT series, DiRT Showdown, coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in May 2012. The new game is not a direct sequel to DiRT 3, instead it offers a new arcade experience divided into three different categories.

NO HOLDS BARRED RACING EVENTS – Trade paint and use nitrous to blast past rivals in DiRT Showdown’s racing modes. Courses are littered with obstacles, pinch points, multiple-routes and ramps to deliver adrenaline-fuelled racing across spectacular courses.

– Crash, smash and bash your way through a range of demolition derby events, pushing our stunning damage engine to its spectacular limits.

EDGE OF CONTROL HOONIGAN EVENTS – A new accessible handling system lets you go wild in free-roaming, freestyle stunt parks. Compounds flooded with obstacles play host to a range of new challenges, from performing trick runs to competitive stunt events, explorations challenges and more.

The action takes place in cities like San Francisco, Miami and Tokyo, and the game includes over fifty different races. The cars include Ken Block‘s newest Ford Fiesta, and everything from trucks to muscle cars.

Multiplayer is supported with split-screen and the option for up to eight players online. In addition Codemasters offers YouTube integration and social elements such as the ability to challenge friends whether they are online or not.

For more info, check out the announcement trailer below or visit the official website.