WRC 10 launches new anniversary mode celebrating 50 years of rallying
WRC 10, the latest version of the official racing simulation game based on the World Rally Championship, will hit the road later this year. The new game officially premiered on Tuesday, with improved physics, updated visuals and new modes, including a new 50th anniversary setting that celebrates and recreates great moments in WRC history since the creation of the championship in 1973.
Developed by French studio KT Racing (the company also responsible for the previous five generations of official WRC games), WRC 10 continues to use the proprietary KT game engine, which is also used in TT Isle of Man motorcycle racing games. .
Cars and courses
WRC 10 inaugurates four new rally venues – Belgium, Croatia, Estonia and Spain – bringing the total to 19 countries and environments to choose from. Thirteen of these are places on the 2021 WRC calendar that you will encounter in career mode; the other six are historic locations for the new Anniversary Mode. The new locations are broken down into approximately 40 new rally stages built from the ground up, bringing the total to just over 120 unique stages for you to master and perfect.
WRC 10 introduces foliage rendering improvements and new, more varied road textures that improve the appearance of each course. Dynamic and static weather and customizable time of day should help add variety to the game’s list of courses.
The stars of the show are the 22 historic cars from Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Subaru, Toyota and more. KT Racing tells me it focused on finding and recreating the most famous rally cars from 1973.
22 legendary cars for WRC 10 (bold is new)
- 1973 Ford Escort Mk 2
- 1980 Fiat 131 Abarth
- 1981 Audi Quattro A1
- 1984 Audi Quattro A2
- 1987 Lancia Delta Integral 4WD
- 1997 Subaru Impreza WRC
- 1999 Toyota Corolla
- Citroen Xsara WRC 2005
- 2011 Citroën DS3 WRC
- Ford Fiesta WRC 2017
- 2017 Toyota Yaris WRC
- Alpine A110
- Lancia Delta Integral Evo
- Lancia Fulvia
- Lancia Rallye 037
- Lancia Stratos
- Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V
- Peugeot 205 T16 Evo 1 and Evo 2
- Porsche 911 GT3 RGT
- Proton Iriz R5
- Toyota Celica Turbo GT4
New suspension modeling and improved aerodynamic simulation now include ground effects and should allow more realistic and precise handling and vehicle performance. The KT engine also features improvements to engine, chassis and differential management. Meanwhile, revised assist features can be turned on to help newcomers to the franchise, all of which can be turned off by seasoned vets for a more realistic simulation.
KT Racing says it has improved the sounds of almost every car model in the game – even historic models – with a more realistic reproduction of the engine, brakes and crashes. Lazy sound design is a pet peeve for me in racing games and sims, so I’m especially interested in hearing how unique each vehicle sounds. On the PS5, WRC 10 will also support haptic feedback, allowing gamers, for example, to feel brake pressure on the DualSense controller.
New 50th Anniversary Fashion
Since 1973, the World Rally Championship is rapidly approaching its fifth decade of existence. To celebrate, WRC 10 – which is celebrating its own 10th anniversary – is launching a new 50th anniversary mode, showcasing classic cars, legendary drivers and historic locations from the WRC’s 50-year journey. Anniversary mode will offer more than 20 challenges, divided into five categories that recreate the conditions for memorable moments in WRC history. Each anniversary stage will feature historically loyal spectators, sponsors, barriers, vehicle facings and the drivers who made the cars and courses famous. You can see Colin McRae in his Subaru Impreza WRC or Tommi Makinen’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
A total of 12 historic rallies are included – seven available at launch and five more added via free post-launch updates – starting with a location from the very first WRC of 1973, the Acropolis in Greece. Three versions from Sanremo, Italy (1981, 1997 and 1998) and New Zealand will also be included from the start. Post-launch additions will include historic locations in Argentina, Germany and Mexico.
Career Mode Updates
Meanwhile, WRC 10 will also feature the main career mode that follows the official 2021 WRC schedule. Players will be able to create their own team or start one of the 52 existing 2021 teams representing WRC, WRC 2, WRC 3 and Junior WRC. During the season, players will be managing their schedule, sponsorship and team members and, of course, there is the race itself. An upgraded skill tree unlocks new abilities and upgrades for the team and its headquarters along the way.
There is also a new livery editor that allows players to customize their vehicles with colors, shapes, stickers, and markings. A new sticker editor lets you create intricate shapes and designs that can be showcased in career mode, photo mode, vehicle showroom, quick races, and online challenges.
Practice Mode, Local Challenges, and the Test Zone return to help players hone their skills along with a new trainer mode, which I hope to see more of as we get closer to launch. There are also new set-up stages – short one to two minute rally stages designed to help players quickly test their vehicle’s setups and settings without having to complete a full stage, or for players on the go. looking for a shorter challenge.
Speaking of line, WRC 10 brings the clubs and online lobbies of its predecessor, as well as co-pilot mode, which I think is unique to the series. Players can also take on daily and weekly challenges online or compete against each other locally with split screen mode.
Launch in September
WRC 10 will launch in September 2021 on Xbox One and Series X / S, PS4 and PS5 consoles and on PC in Steam and Epic Games stores. A Nintendo Switch port will also join the lineup at a later, but undisclosed date. PC gamers will be able to get a taste of the WRC action via a downloadable demo that will be playable as part of the Steam Festival June 16-22.