Kylotonn Games has released the first batch of DLC for WRC 5, gearing it up for its online eSports debut next year.
Released as a standalone pack for 7.99€ or as part of the 14.99€ season pass, the eSports-themed pack adds six new special stages spread across Monte Carlo, Mexico, Sweeden, Argentina, Portugal, Italy and Wales to prepare drivers for next year's eSports championship, along with a new livery designed for the WRC Concept Car S (which can now also be purchased separately), although it can also be applied to the official cars as well.
Another DLC pack will follow in April 2016 containing an additional six stages and an exclusive livery. Those who purchase the season pass will also receive an additional car livery.
Meanwhile, Kylotonn has outlined how the WRC series' first foray into eSports will pan out when it starts next year in January, running parallel with the real life championship:
eSports WRC will bring the best WRC 5 drivers together for a tournament that will last from January and the Rallye Monte-Carlo to October and the grand finale in Wales Rally GB. On one side, the eSports community is waiting for more rallying challenges and on the other side, WRC and rally fans are always excited by competitive challenges. eSports WRC is the virtual adventure which will put them in the boots of real drivers by feeling the excitement and the pressure of rallying / competing in the most difficult and challenging conditions as the real stars of the WRC do!
After 5 qualifying rounds (from Rallye Monte-Carlo to Vodafone Rally de Portugal), the 15 best players on each platform will compete in the first semi-final (Rally Italia Sardegna). Among them, 3 drivers will earn their seat for the grand finale to be held at Wales Rally GB in October 2016. The second part of the season will follow the same scheme: 5 qualifying rounds, and the second semi-final. At the end, the top 18 drivers will be invited to the eSports final in Wales Rally GB, during the penultimate round of the WRC season, to determine the first eSports WRC Champion!
You have to commend Kylotonn for expanding WRC 5 with additional stages, particularly as they weren't exactly in short supply in the core game, although some new locations would have perhaps been welcome in the vein of WRC 3's East African Safari DLC.
Will you be competing in WRC 5's eSports championship next year?
You can find out more about Kylotonn's first effort in our in-depth WRC 5 review, where we declared it "an enjoyable rally game that sets itself apart as an approachable alternative to its more serious competitors, but it lacks the depth and polish seasoned WRC fans expect from an officially licensed game."
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