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EA Sports WRC

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Genre: Racing
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Codemasters
Release Date: Nov. 3, 2023

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'EA Sports WRC' Season 2 Will Add New Location, Moments, Rally Pass Items and More Later This Week - Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2023 @ 2:22 p.m. PST

EA Sports WRC, the official game of the FIA World Rally Championship, is the first truly next-generation rally game and the quintessential title for sim-racing enthusiasts.

Combining the power of the Unreal Engine with the DiRT Rally series physics, EA Sports WRC delivers longer, more detailed stages than previously possible, with 18* official FIA World Rally Championship locations and over 600km of unforgiving asphalt, gravel, and snow stages. The game also boasts 10 current WRC, WRC2, and Junior WRC vehicles and 68 of the most iconic rally cars spanning 60 years of the sport. Working together with official WRC teams and manufacturers, such as Ford, Toyota, and Hyundai, each vehicle is built to tackle every challenge they'll face throughout the season. The hybrid-powered 4WD Rally1 cars are some of the fastest in the sport's history, capable of incredible speeds while tackling gravity-defying jumps, deteriorating surfaces, and adverse weather.

The advanced Dynamic Handling System refines Codemasters’ original model and gives players the most realistic off-road experience to date. Taking feedback from drivers, including former FIA Junior WRC title contender and 2023 FIA European Rally Championship ERC3 champion, and game designer Jon Armstrong, players can choose a professional driver set-up mirroring the experience drivers encounter every race week. New players can personalise the handling, enabling them to make adjustments to help them master the ultimate player versus environment off-road challenge. The realism extends to audio, with each car intricately replicated, and new pace notes, including simplified commands for rookie drivers, give much-needed information to the player as they battle through each stage.

Electronic Arts is excited to announce the launch of the Season 2 Update for EA Sports WRC, offering rally enthusiasts an enhanced gameplay experience with fresh challenges. The new content includes the inaugural Central European Rally, comprised of over 32kms of fast, demanding, and adrenaline-inducing asphalt across 12 stages. The update also includes Rally Pass items and over 60 new Moments.

Inspired by the recent official WRC rally, the new Central European location introduces fans to the high-speed, flowing Czech roads in this new asphalt-based stage. It is available for free to all players from December 14 and across all major game modes, including Career, with various weather conditions and seasonal climates. Tips and tricks to tackle the new location along with the full route list can be found on the EA SPORTS WRC website.

"Our vision with Central Europe is to dare our players to push the limits of control and take calculated risks as they race through small villages, forests and open farmland. The addition of the Central European Rally provides an exhilarating gaming experience with its wide, winding roads and unique countryside tracks," said Matthew Battison, Creative Director at Codemasters. “This is just the beginning of a series of exciting updates that we have planned for EA SPORTS WRC, and we look forward to sharing more in the coming months."

In addition to several game enhancements, from December 19, this update marks the start of a new Rally Pass Season, offering players the chance to unlock up to 30 customisation items across the free, VIP and EA Play tiers. Over 60 Moments will also be released in Season 2, giving fans the opportunity to relive the history of WRC and take on unique daily challenges. Eight of these Moments will be exclusive to EA Play members.

The introduction of Builder fulfils the dream of those longing to build their very own modern-era rally car. Select the chassis, body shells, and all-important mechanical parts before customising the interior and exterior, finally personalising with the livery editor. Put the car through its paces and make any necessary adjustments before competing for the World Championship against the best competition WRC has to offer.

EA Sports WRC brings fans together with 32 player cross-platform multiplayer, allowing for competition between friends and the wider rally community. Using EA Racenet, EA’s racing companion app, Clubs serve as community-built hubs offering custom multi-surface tournaments with rallying at any location and time of year. Alongside personalised events, Moments, updated daily in-game, give players the chance to relive pivotal scenarios from the 2023 season alongside classic events from the sport’s archives.

Everyone who pre-orders† EA Sports WRC will receive each of the five VIP Rally Passes that contain additional post-launch content, as well as three vanity packs consisting of liveries and apparel, and up to three days of early access starting October 31, 2023.

EA Sports WRC is availalbe for PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC (EA App, Epic Store, and Steam).

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