WRC 9 will not aim at just one console generation but two.
As expected, KT Racing (= Kylotonn, who are confirmed to work on a new Test Drive Unlimited as well), and Nacon (formerly known as Bigben Interactive) announced the next video game adaptation of the FIA World Rally Championship. It will come in two phases – the first batch will be on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X versions will come later. The PC version is already confirmed to be an Epic Games Store exclusive, so the WRC 8 scenario won’t happen – that game was pulled off Steam two weeks before its launch. Nacon also announced that the WRC license is theirs until 2022, meaning WRC 10 and WRC 11 is also going to come from them.
„Hailed as one of the best Career modes in any racing game, WRC 8 was a hit with rally fans. It returns in WRC 9 with enhanced gameplay mechanics, new opportunities to upgrade your team, a wider variety of events and a stronger link to what the real-world championship teams are doing throughout the year. WRC 9 again includes extensive content with three new events added to the calendar: the return of Kenya’s iconic Safari Rally, Rally Japan and its challenging narrow asphalt roads, the beautiful scenery of Rally New Zealand and two other rallies with completely redesigned environments. Fans will also be able to take the wheel of new classic cars that have left their mark on the history of the WRC.
To improve and refine certain vehicle behaviours, the developers have again focused on the realism of car physics—including suspensions, braking and mass transfer—to take authenticity to the next level. This attention to detail faithfully reproduces the vehicles’ responsiveness on all surfaces and in all conditions found in the real championship. A special focus on sound also provides deeper immersion. Over 50 official teams and their livery from the WRC, WRC 2, WRC 3 and Junior WRC. Over 15 bonus cars that have left their mark on the history of the WRC,” Nacon’s press release says.
WRC 9 launches on September 3 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X ports arrive at a later date. How many old cars will be DLC…?
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