BigBen Interactive and Kylotonn have surpassed expectations with WRC 8. But their rallying days could be soon coming to an end. That’s because Codemasters have secured the official rallying licence from 2023 to 2027, at least. And will become the main players in the racing game genre by holding three official licenses. Something that is sure to get many hearts racing, including mine.
The studio has proven themselves many times over with their handling of both the Formula One and Rallycross licenses. Not to mention the Dirt series, which has been going from strength to strength. Yet, the official WRC licence has suffered a number of shortcomings over the years – leaving fans confused as to how it wasn’t handed to somebody else. Like I said, things were largely rectified with this latest release. But still lacked the polish we’ve come to expect from the latest generation. That’s why this news is so exciting – we should get all the realism of Dirt, with the added benefit of official assets and stages.
But only if it meets our expectations.
You see, in recent years, the F1 games have suffered from some blatant errors and glitches that have somehow burrowed their way into the code. So, this news is in now way a guarantee of perfection (which is why we should restrain our expectations, even just a little). But if they do manage to pull this off, this could be best gaming announcement in years. At least for those of us who wheely like this stuff…
However, like I said, we’ll have to wait until at least 2024 for a release. But in the meantime, we do at least have WRC 9 to look forward to, which will be a cross generation game. And Dirt 5. So, it’s not all bad.
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