The FIA World Rally Championship enters an all-new realm in the world of gaming with EA SPORTS(™)WRC , the first official WRC game published by global gaming giant Electronic Arts Inc., set to be released on 3 November 2023.
EA SPORTS WRC marks the first official WRC game from Electronic Arts, the publisher behind video game juggernauts such as F1®, Madden NFL and EA SPORTS FC(™) 24, while game development studio Codemasters brings more than 25 years of rallying videogame heritage.
“This is the rally game we’ve always wanted to make, combining our studio’s deep knowledge and expertise with the power of the official WRC license representing the pinnacle of rally motorsport,” exuded Ross Gowing, Senior Creative Director at Codemasters.
“The game’s new engine has enabled us to push rally to the edge of what’s deemed possible, and the additional features, including Builder and Moments, give players even more ways to interact with the sport they love.”
EA SPORTS WRC will deliver longer, more detailed stages than previously possible, with 18* official FIA World Rally Championship locations and over 600km of unforgiving asphalt, gravel, and snow stages. The game also boasts 10 current WRC, WRC2, and Junior WRC vehicles and 68 of the most iconic rally cars spanning 60 years of the sport.
The advanced Dynamic Handling System refines Codemasters’ original model and gives players the most realistic off-road experience to date. Taking feedback from drivers, including 2023 FIA European Rally Championship ERC3 champion and game designer Jon Armstrong, players can choose a professional driver set-up mirroring the experience drivers encounter every rally week.
New players can personalise the handling, enabling them to make adjustments to help them master the ultimate player versus environment off-road challenge. The realism extends to audio, with each car intricately replicated, and new pace notes, including simplified commands for rookie drivers, giving much-needed information to the player as they battle through each stage.
The introduction of Builder fulfills the dream of those longing to build their very own modern-era rally car, with players selecting body shells, and all-important mechanical parts before customising the interior and exterior, finally personalising with the livery editor.
EA SPORTS WRC brings fans together with 32-player cross-platform multiplayer, allowing for competition between friends and the wider rally community. Using EA Racenet, EA’s racing companion app, clubs serve as community-built hubs offering custom multi-surface tournaments with rallying at any location and time of year.
Alongside personalised events, Moments, updated daily in-game, gives players the chance to relive pivotal scenarios from the 2023 season alongside classic events from the sport’s archives. All players who pre-order EA SPORTS WRC will receive five VIP passes, each containing additional post-launch content, three vanity packs consisting of liveries and apparel, and up to three days of early access starting October 31, 2023**.
* Central Europe Rally will be available as a post-launch update
** Digital version only, Conditions and restrictions apply.
See https://ea.com/games/ea-sports-wrc/wrc/disclaimers for details.