It has to be said that NACON are on a bit of a run. After just having dropped TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 to Xbox One, PS4 and PC, and with the upcoming launch of Tour de France 2020 fast approaching, it’s a busy time for the racing publisher. Today though, and with the development team at KT Racing behind them, they are not just detailing and dating the release of WRC 9 on Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch, but dropping the full bomb by confirming WRC 10 and WRC 11 too.
Following on from the success of WRC 8, WRC 9 will be the official video game of the FIA World Rally Championship, promising multiple improvements and new features that will get the juices flowing in rally gaming fans.
Due to release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC come September 3rd 2020, and then on Nintendo Switch at a later date, NACON have also confirmed the game will be coming to both Xbox Series X and PS5. More details on those formats will be unveiled in the coming months.
What’s more, NACON and KT Racing have also announced the continuation of their licensing agreement with WRC Promoter until 2022, and this will mean full steam ahead with the development and publishing of WRC 10 and WRC 11 too.
Providing even more realism and challenges, WRC 9 looks to be a beast, dropping an enhanced and more challenging Career mode, that will return 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.
There will also be a ton more content, with WRC 9 including three new events added to the calendar – the return of Kenya’s iconic Safari Rally, Rally Japan and its challenging narrow asphalt roads, and the beautiful scenery of Rally New Zealand – as well as two other rallies with completely redesigned environments.
Further still, fans will also be able to take the wheel of no less than 15 bonus classic cars that have left their mark on the history of the WRC, along with the inclusion of over 50 official teams and their liveries from the WRC, WRC 2, WRC 3 and Junior WRC. And in terms of those cars, in order to deliver an even more realistic game experience 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.
Watch this space for more info as and when we have it, but if you’re a rally fan then sticking the September 3rd release date of WRC 9 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC from the Epic Games Store in your diary, should be something you are doing at the earliest opportunity.