Electronic Arts has taken the rallying world by storm with the introduction of EA SPORTS™ WRC, the official game of the FIA World Rally Championship. Developed by the renowned team at Codemasters, the creators of the critically acclaimed DiRT Rally series, this game represents a leap forward in rally gaming and is a must-have for sim-racing enthusiasts. Available for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via various platforms, EA SPORTS WRC offers an exciting rally experience that promises to push the boundaries of what’s possible in virtual motorsport.
Ross Gowing, Senior Creative Director at Codemasters, expressed the team’s excitement, stating, “EA SPORTS WRC is the purest form of motorsport where every stage is a fight against the clock, the terrain, and yourself.” He added, “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. 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 harnesses the Unreal Engine and DiRT Rally series physics to deliver longer, more detailed stages than ever before. With a whopping 18* official FIA World Rally Championship locations and over 600km of challenging asphalt, gravel, and snow stages, the game provides an immersive rally experience. Additionally, it features 10 current WRC, WRC2, and Junior WRC vehicles, along with 68 iconic rally cars spanning six decades of the sport. Official WRC teams and manufacturers like Ford, Toyota, and Hyundai have collaborated to ensure that each vehicle is equipped to tackle the toughest challenges, from gravity-defying jumps to deteriorating surfaces and adverse weather conditions.
The game’s Dynamic Handling System, refined from Codemasters’ original model, offers players the most realistic off-road experience to date. With input from experienced drivers like Jon Armstrong, a former FIA Junior WRC title contender and 2023 FIA European Rally Championship ERC3 champion, players can select a professional driver set-up or personalize the handling to suit their preferences. Realistic audio, faithfully replicating each car, and improved pace notes, including simplified commands for newcomers, further enhance the immersive gameplay.
One exciting addition is the Builder mode, allowing players to fulfill their dream of creating their own modern-era rally car. From choosing the chassis and body shells to fine-tuning mechanical components, customizing the interior and exterior, and adding a personal touch with the livery editor, this feature offers a unique opportunity to craft a rally machine and compete for the World Championship.
EA SPORTS WRC promotes community and competition with 32-player cross-platform multiplayer, enabling players to face off against friends and the broader rally community. The EA Racenet app facilitates club-based multiplayer tournaments, customized events, and daily in-game Moments, offering players the chance to relive memorable scenarios from the 2023 season and classic moments from rally history.