Today marks the release of the hotly-anticipated officially licensed rally racer WRC 8 across the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via the Epic Games Store). The title will also be made available on the Switch in October.
Last year, French-based studio Kylotonn took a year off in order for them to essentially double their development time on their latest WRC title. The extra year has paid off, the game now boasts a revamped career mode, environments which have seen improvements across the board including some completely reworked rallies, and a generally more polished look and feel.
WRC 8 doubles down on realism with all-new car and surface physics, as well as the addition of dynamic weather conditions which can transform not only the look of the game, but also how the car handles. This means you’ll have to adapt your driving for the changing road conditions adding an extra challenge to proceedings.
WRC 8 doesn’t skimp on the numbers either, their are a total of 52 world rally teams, 100 special stages across the title’s 14 countries, a couple of dozen training courses, and a handful or two of legendary rally cars from WRC’s long history.
The Career mode now puts you in the shoes of a rally driver and manager who must work their way up through the WRC tiers in order to build a talented team and compete at the highest level.
New online features courtesy of Epic Games now allows players to see and compete against the ghosts of any player on the leaderboard (compared with a maximum of five previously). Bigben has announced there will be more free online features added to the WRC 8 on PC in mid-October, including the ability to face your friends in real-time directly on stage.
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