Electronic Arts has announced its first World Rally Championship (WRC) game. It is being developed by Codemasters studio using the Unreal Engine.
The move from Codemasters’ own EGO Engine to Unreal Engine allows for longer, more detailed stages than was previously possible. However, the developers have retained the proprietary physics of the DiRT Rally simulation.
“EA Sports WRC is the purest form of motorsport, where every stage is a battle against time, terrain and yourself,” said Ross Gowing, Senior Creative Director at Codemasters.
The EA Sports WRC game will provide access to 18 official FIA World Rally Championship locations, including the Central European Rally, which will be available as a post-launch update. Players will be able to try out 10 current WRC, WRC2 and Junior WRC cars, as well as 68 of “the most iconic rally cars from 60 years.” Support for cross-platform multiplayer mode for 32 players is announced.
EA Sports WRC will be available on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC via the EA App, Epic Games Store and Steam. The game will be released on November 3, 2023, but for those players who digitally pre-order, access will open on October 31. In addition, all pre-order players will receive five VIP passes, “each containing additional post-launch content, as well as cosmetic packs consisting of liveries and clothing.”