WRC 9 was announced today, and it will be going offroad in September. However, that was not the only thing that made my heart pump faster. In another surprise (or maybe not) announcement, the game is coming to the PS5 as well. For even more racing excitement, WRC 10 and WRC 11 were both confirmed as the licensing agreement between publisher Nacon (formerly Bigben) and WRC Promoter was extended to 2022. That’s a lot of officially licensed WRC twists and turns for fans.
Sticking with WRC 9 for now, the developers are promising fans a bigger, better, and more realistic experience. The career mode from WRC 8 is returning, and it will bring a host of improvements for a deeper experience. You’ll have more options to upgrade your team, more events, and, assuming life is more normal, it will tie into the events of actual championship teams.
The events in the game are growing as well with three new locations in Japan, Kenya, and New Zealand. Kenya will host the Safari Rally. Rally Japan will test you on the tarmac. New Zealand will do what it does best – looking beautiful as you feed your need for speed. Two other rallies will be completely redesigned, and you’ll be able to race fifteen famous (and currently undisclosed) cars from WRC history.
Players who tackle simulation racers seriously will be glad to know the developers are working to make the physics more realistic. Specifically, they want to increase the feel of your suspension, braking, and mass transfer with strong attention to detail. They are also making changes to the sound. No matter what track you are on or what you drive, they want you to feel like you are there. Adding the livery from 50 official teams from WRC, WRC 2, WRC 3, and Junior WRC means you have a lot of options.
The WRC games are going strong, with our own Hannah Ellis putting WRC 8 on her Games of the Year list for 2019. If you are a fan, you have a lot to be excited about. WRC 9 is officially releasing on September 3rd. Check out the announcement trailer for a hint of what’s to come.
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Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.