NACON and development studio KT Racing has today announced WRC 9 – the official video game of the FIA World Rally Championship – will be racing its way over to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store from September 3, 2020, with a Switch version to follow.
NACON has also announced WRC 9 is being developed for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X with more details including the release window to be announced in the “coming months”.
If all that wasn’t exciting enough, NACON has also today announced the continuation of their licensing agreement with WRC Promoter until 2022 for the development and publishing of two further titles WRC 10 and WRC 11 (are you keeping up?).
To celebrate this epic announcement a new teaser trailer for WRC 9 has been released which you can view below.
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.
WRC 8 was bursting at the seams with content and WRC 9 continues to add more thanks to the arrival of three new stages: the return of Kenya with Safari Rally, Rally Japan with its narrow asphalt roads, and the ever beautiful Rally New Zealand rounding out the three.
Furthermore, two other rallies are said to have benefited from “completely redesigned environments” – no doubt we’ll find out more on those mystery rallies later in the year.
Another very exciting piece of WRC 9 news released today is the addition of new 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 an impressive fifteen.
WRC 9’s physics continues to evolve, the development team has made changes to refine vehicle behaviour including suspension, braking and mass transfer with the goal of making WRC 9 the most realistic title in the series to date.
These changes should provide realistic vehicle responsiveness across all of the title’s different road surfaces and in all conditions found across the WRC championship. We also know the developer has focused on audio improvements too to provide “deeper immersion”.
We’ll learn more details on WRC 9 very soon so keep checking back for more info.
WRC 9 highlights:
• 3 new rallies: Japan, New Zealand, Kenya
• Over 50 official teams and their livery from the WRC, WRC 2, WRC 3 and Junior WRC
• Over 15 bonus cars that have left their mark on the history of the WRC