WRC 9 update adds co-driver mode, new stages and new vehicles

A free update has been released for WRC 9 adding the promised co-driver co-op mode, new stages and new vehicles to the game, but there’s a catch. The update is only available for PS4, Xbox One and PC, with PS5 and Xbox Series X|S players having to wait a little longer for the update to the next-gen versions of the game.

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This second major content update rounds out KT Racing’s post-launch plan for the game, with four slices of content for the game. You get:

  • The GR Yaris Rally Concept from Toyota GAZOO Racing
  • Six new stages for Rally Portugal
  • The new Co-Driver mode for two online players to race in the same car
  • The Pirelli Tyre Team livery, featuring Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jaeger in the Citroën C3 WRC

It’s not clear when this update will arrive on the new PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, but it’s relatively trivial for PS5 owners to play the PS4 version of a game via backward compatibility. On Series X|S with Smart Delivery, it’s not so easy… In fact, I don’t know of a way!

This follows on from the ‘Blind Jumps’ update that arrived in late October, which was focussed on adding stages to Rally Finland and the photo mode. Of course, KT Racing had also had to prepare for the new generation of consoles, releasing native updates for both PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, the former having support for the DualSense controller’s new haptics and adaptive triggers.

WRC 9 came out at the start of September, building on everything from WRC 8 with three new rallies set in Japan, New Zealand and Kenya. It also boasted a new Clubs Mode for online racers to create customised championships.

We rather enjoyed the game at its release in September. Tom said in our WRC 9 review:

With driving that is now on par with the competition, WRC 9 will keep sucking rally fans back in for more. Elements around the core rallying action could still do with some added finesse, but when the basic premise is so solid, those issues fade into the background. At last, Kylotonn has delivered on the promise of authentic driving experience, and for a rallying game, I think that is the single most important element.

Source: press release

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