Nacon and KT Racing have announced not one, not two, but three new World Rally Championship games. Of course, this is really more of a continuation of their license for to be the official WRC game series, but WRC 9 is coming out in September. Oh, and it’ll be coming to some new platforms, with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions confirmed.
WRC 9 will be out on 3rd September for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store, with the Nintendo Switch version to follow. In addition to this, Nacon are confirming that the game is in development for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, but given the unknowns about those platforms, they can’t exactly put a finger on a launch date for it there. It’ll be interesting to hear if it’s going to be a launch title, a cross-generation release, or come later down the line.
WRC 9 intends to build on the foundations of WRC 8. The career mode will grow further with enhanced gameplay mechanics, more ways to upgrade your team, more types of events and links to the real world championship teams.
Three new events will be joining the calendar as well. The Safari Rally in Kenya, the narrow asphalt of Rally Japan, and a visit to the land of Hobbits in Rally New Zealand. Two of the existing rallies in the series will also be completely overhauled with new environments.
The game’s array of classic cars will be enhanced with 15 more landmark vehicles from the history of WRC, and they’re joining the 50 official teams taking part in WRC, WRC 2, WRC 3 and Junior WRC.
Throughout the game, KT Racing have worked to improve and refine the vehicle behaviours, again aiming to make this more realistic with enhancements to suspension, braking and mass transfer, as well as how it relates to responsiveness on different surfaces and in changeable conditions. To really immerse you in the game, they’re also focussing on sound.
WRC 8 scored pretty well in our review last year, though it still had some rough edges. In our review, Tom said:
What WRC 8 gives in career longevity, mode variety and stage choice, it takes away with unrefined vehicle handling and some rough edges. This is still the best official WRC game to date, but bear in mind that until the driving feel becomes the main focus of development, this series can’t be placed into the pantheon of all-time greats.
Source: press release