NACON and KT Racing studio have announced that Rally Japan will return to the series, the first time it has been seen since 2011. You can check out some of the Japanese courses in the new gameplay trailer below.
Making its return for the first time since 2011 is Rally Japan, in which players can enjoy the thrilling mountains and forests of the Aichi and Gifu districts, that will host the WRC season’s finale in November. Just like the real WRC drivers, in WRC 9 players can master the demanding course with its narrow asphalt roads and aggressive corners, while also navigating the lush environment which affects the driver’s visibility.
WRC 9 will be available on September 3rd on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from the Epic Games Store. The Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X versions will follow at a later date. Pre-orders for the game are now live and include a standard and deluxe digital editions.
We previewed the game recently and said:
There’s an impressive amount of that content to be found under the hood, with those 100+ stages spread across 14 countries, and KT Games stating that over 35 of these stages are brand new. That will then come to include Rally Portugal and Rally Finland both being expanded to feature eight stages each in the months after launch. You’d be forgiven for not being able to spot what’s new and what’s old, especially when what I’ve seen of the menus and UI is nigh on identical to WRC 8, right down to the pre-rally intros. I guess you don’t want to fix what isn’t broken.
So there’s a lot of great new rallying coming to WRC 9, and some intriguing new features that we look forward to seeing in action, but WRC 9 is maybe shaping up to be more of a transitional year for the series, taking a bit of caution as they approach a big console jump.
Source: Press release