Milestone deliver on their promise to support WRC3 post-release, with the announcement of the first additional track DLC.
Not long after WRC3 on Vita was treated to some new tracks (well, I say new – these were extra tracks already included in the console games after all), two new stages, named as Kajiado and Marigat, based on the exotic East African Safari rally will be available to purchase on XBLA from today for 320 MS points and PSN from tomorrow for €3.99. No word on a PC release yet, however.
As the gameplay video shows, the new sunset setting makes for a refreshing change, hinting that we may well see different times of day applied to future WRC games, and the tropical stage shown looks exceedingly enjoyable to tear around, with a turbulent mix of high speed sections, tricky technical turns and frequent terrain changes. We like.
It's just a shame, though, that we won't be able to drive some of the retro rally cars that participated in the actual Safari African Rally during its heydey. Both stages are restricted to the WRC Experience portion of WRC3, meaning that cars found in Road to Glory such as the Peugeot 504, which won the East African Safari Championship in 1975, are inaccessable. Milestone missed a trick there – it's like not being able to drive the classic Mini in Monte Carlo. Perhaps a patch is in order to finally unlock every car in WRC Experience?
Nevertheless, it's encouraging to see WRC3 continue to its expand since its release in October. Admittedly it was offered in WRC 2 as DLC as well, but WRC3's version benefits from all the visual improvements in Spike Engine. If this serves as the precedent of what's to come, then the future is looking very bright indeed for WRC3.