Nacon and KT Racing have today unveiled the very first gameplay video for WRC 9, the latest official video game of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Due for release on September 3, 2020, across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (via Epic Games Store), then on PlayStation 5, Xbox One Series X and Nintendo Switch at a later date, WRC 9 builds upon WRC 8’s career mode 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.
Today’s WRC 9 gameplay video gives you a glimpse of the newly Rally New Zealand, which makes its return to the FIA World Rally Championship calendar after a seven-year absence. It is one of three new rallies this season, along with the Safari Rally in Kenya and Rally Japan – both featuring in WRC 9.
Watch the video introducing Rally New Zealand in WRC9 below.
“Roads in New-Zealand are amongst the most beautiful and the most appreciated in the Championship’s history,” says Benoît Gomes, Lead Level Designer at KT Racing. “Famous for its fast chains of turns and a sustained pace rhythm, along with breath-taking landscapes, Rally New-Zealand truly offers a particular experience. A long preparation work allowed us to replicate, as closely as possible, the luxuriant vegetation, the light and unique ocean views, as well as the road’s topography and surfaces, mainly composed of gravel. We’re convinced that players will enjoy taking up this challenge as much as we did in WRC 9,” concludes Gomes.
Besides the ever-expanding career mode, WRC 9 will adds even more classic cars. Although these haven’t yet been revealed, they are said to have “left their mark on the history of the WRC”. The newly added classic cars bring the total “bonus” cars tally to 15.
WRC 9’s physics continues to evolve with refined vehicle behaviour including suspension, braking and weight transfer with the goal of making WRC 9 the most realistic title in the series to date. We also know the developer has focused on audio improvements too to provide “deeper immersion”. We’ll have more on WRC 9 soon so keep your eyes peeled.