Publisher Nacon and developer KT Racing have announced WRC 9, the latest entry in the FIA World Rally Championship official video game series. It will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store on September 3, and at a later date for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Switch.
Nacon also announced that it has extended its agreement with WRC Promoter until 2022 for the development and publishing of WRC 10 and WRC 11.
Here is an overview of WRC 9, via Nacon:
With WRC 9, the passionate developers of the French studio KT Racing have pulled out all the stops to once again meet the high expectations of rally fans by providing even more realism and challenges.
An Enhanced and More Challenging Career mode
Hailed as one of the best Career modes in any racing game, WRC 8 was a hit with rally fans. It returns in WRC 9 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.
Even More Content
WRC 9 again includes extensive content with three new events added to the calendar: the return of Kenya’s iconic Safari Rally, Rally Japan and its challenging narrow asphalt roads, the beautiful scenery of Rally New Zealand and two other rallies with completely redesigned environments. Fans will also be able to take the wheel of new classic cars that have left their mark on the history of the WRC.
An Even More Realistic Game Experience
To improve and refine certain vehicle behaviors, the developers have again focused on the realism of car physics—including suspensions, braking and mass transfer—to take authenticity to the next level. This attention to detail faithfully reproduces the vehicles’ responsiveness on all surfaces and in all conditions found in the real championship. A special focus on sound also provides deeper immersion.
In WRC 9, players are thrust into the heart of the new FIA World Rally Championship season with all content in the yearly calendar and much more:
- Three new rallies: Japan, New Zealand, and 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.
More information about the release timing and features of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions will be announced “in the coming months.”
Watch the announcement trailer below.