WRC 8, the latest version of the FIA World Rally Championship’s official video game, will go on sale in September.
Exciting technical updates feature in the game’s first facelift for two years and all the WRC’s stars and cars appear in their 2019 colours following a busy series of close-season driver transfers.
They include Citroën Racing’s new signings, six-time world champion Sébastien Ogier and Esapekka Lappi, the comeback of WRC legend Sébastien Loeb at Hyundai Motorsport and the return to the championship of Kris Meeke at Toyota Gazoo Racing.
Developers Bigben and Kylotonn have used feedback from the gaming community and pointers from the eSports WRC Championship to bring better graphics, more technical routes, smoother pace notes and a more comprehensive career mode.
There are changes to the cars’ steering and handling behavious and a new dynamic weather system has been added to bring random elements to the driving.
Managing the weather becomes a real challenge for drivers with modified grip, car setting adjustments, tyre selection optimisation and weather team relationships offering unprecedented levels of detail and realism.
Players can compete at each of the 14 rounds in the 2019 calendar and tackle more than 100 special stages.
WRC 8 has a more comprehensive career mode too and the game also offers a selection of WRC 2 and Junior WRC drivers, as well as historic cars and an eSports mode.
Bigben has teased a preview clip of the new edition, which will be available on PlayStation4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC, showing a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car in action at Rallye Monte-Carlo and Rally Turkey (below).
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