EA Sports have confirmed their first officially licensed World Rally Championship game will be released worldwide in early November.
The game will arrive on November 3rd for current-generation consoles – PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S and X – and PC on Steam, Epic Game Store and EA App. It has been built with Unreal Engine using the physics of the Dirt Rally games as a base.
Featuring what EA claim will be “longer, more detailed stages than previously possible,” EA Sports WRC will feature 600km of stages over 17 locations at launch, with a Central Europe location to be added post-launch. The game will feature 10 cars across the modern WRC, WRC2 and Junior WRC categories alongside 68 historic rally cars spanning the last 60 years.
EA promises customisable handling to allow players to set their experience however realistic and authentic they wish, with options for simplified or authentic pace notes depending on what players prefer.
While there are no details yet about a career mode in the style of those found in the previous WRC games, EA Sports WRC will include a ‘builder’ mode which will allow players to customise their own rally car by selecting the chassis, body and mechanical elements before customising their livery in the livery editor.
The game will feature extensive online modes and competitions similar to the Dirt Rally games, including challenges inspired by real life moments from the 2023 season.
Codemaster’s senior creative director, Ross Gowing, said moving to the Unreal Engine has allowed them to expand the scope of EA Sports WRC over the previous Dirt Rally games.
“This is the rally game we’ve always wanted to make,” Gowing said. “Combining our studio’s deep knowledge and expertise with the power of the official WRC license representing the pinnacle of rally motorsport.
“The game’s new engine has enabled us to push rally to the edge of what’s deemed possible, and the additional features, including Builder and Moments, give players even more ways to interact with the sport they love.”
Players who pre-order the game will be able to play the game three days early from October 31st, along with additional liveries and race wear options.
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