Codemasters will soon have another racing game series in its expansive portfolio, as the British developer has agreed on a new five-year deal to create licensed World Rally Championship (WRC) games.
As part of the new deal, Codemasters will be responsible for developing and publishing new entries in the official WRC game series. It’s currently unclear which studio will be responsible for the new WRC games, though the first title is due for release sometime in 2023.
The agreement will also see Codemasters oversee the new seasons of the eSports WRC virtual racing tournaments over the same five-year timeframe – no doubt using Fanatec wheel rigs, given the recently-announced partnership between WRC and the peripheral maker.
Even though Codemasters is set to take over the official WRC license after the current holder Kylotonn develops its final WRC game in 2022, the British studio seemingly has no plans to retire its Dirt series. Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Codemasters said it will still develop more Dirt games, and confirmed the Dirt Rally team was “already working on their next project ahead of the WRC agreement”.
While the forthcoming games will mark the first time Codemasters has made an official WRC title, it won’t mark the first time the studio has dabbled with the WRC licence. Official WRC content also featured in the first three Colin McRae Rally games, in the form of the rally locations and the works teams’ cars and drivers from the 1998, 2000 and 2002 WRC seasons respectively.