The beginning of september is the start of the new school year for rally and video game fans. Indeed, it is at this time of the year that the release of WRC 10, new version of the official video game of the World Rally Championship. He must initiate the tribute paid to the 50e season of the discipline, in 2022, in particular through unprecedented historical content.
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Unlike MotoGP and F1 games, the WRC series has already been dubbed on new generation consoles. Indeed, considering its release in September 2020, WRC 9 has been made available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series. Its successor, still developed by the French studio Kylotonn, but edited by Nacon instead of Bigben Interactive, is credited with a similar arrival window, twelve months later. Therefore, we already know that the birth of WRC 10 will take place on September 2, 2021. More than four months from the deadline, several new content and technical developments have been communicated.
Officially licensed, WRC 10 logically incorporates the current attributes of the World Rally Championship. In terms of novelties, we note the arrival of the rallies of Croatia, Estonia, Ypres in Belgium and the return of Spain in a 100% asphalt configuration. To this day, uncertainty remains as to the exact nature of the events offered, knowing that in the real world, the schedule is subject to many changes, between cancellations and postponements, due to the health crisis. Regarding the entry level, the current season is a priori the last of the fully thermal cars, the arrival of hybrid regulations being scheduled for 2022. This new video game opus naturally features the three teams aligned in the premier category, namely Toyota, Hyundai and M-Sport Ford, as well as all the pilots and co-pilots, starting with the French world champions Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. To the accumulation of categories WRC, WRC2, WRC3 and Junior WRC, the player will have a wide choice of driving, from a total of 52 crews. And on the historical side, the novelty concerns the introduction of a nostalgia mode allowing to relive 19 events that shaped history of discipline, from the Acropolis to Sanremo. It will be possible to get behind the wheel of 20 historic cars, from the Alpine Renault A110 to the Subaru, Toyota and Mitsubishi of the 1990s, including the terrible Audi and Lancia of the Group B, or opt for the current WRCs. From a technical point of view, evolutions are announced on aerodynamic forces, turbo and braking, to further improve the physical behavior of cars. In career mode, the customization is not left out because the player will now be able to create his team by attributing a specific decoration to his car thanks to the introduction of a livery editor.
WRC 10 prices
WRC 10 is not the 10e element of the series, but the 15e. Indeed, in the early 2000s, Evolution Studios produced five opuses, globally praised by the fans, before the reset of the count, operated by Milestone, which then handed over to Kylotonn at the end of WRC4. From 2023, the official WRC video game will be taken over by Codemasters, known in particular for the F1 and Dirt games. In the meantime, on September 2, WRC 10 will land on new generation consoles, PlayStation 5 et Xbox Series X ou S, as well as on top PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC Steam, Epic Games Store. To date, its price is not known, but it should be around 70 euros. The game will also be available on Nintendo Switch, later at the end of the year.
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