EA Sports has confimed the "first truly next-generation rally game" EA Sports WRC will launch for PS5 on 3rd November 2023. Packing 18 official FIA World Rally Championship locations, 10 current WRC, WRC2, and Junior WRC vehicles, and another 68 classic race cars, lots of new features from the Codemasters-developed title are set to propel the experience into the modern era. Check out the announcement trailer above.
Using Codemasters' previous work on the DiRT Rally games as a basis, the Dynamic Handling System is set to deliver "the most realistic off-road experience to date". New drivers can keep things simple with personalised handling settings while rally veterans can opt for an experience that's said to mirror what professionals face out on the track. This level of customisation extends to the audio, where beginners can select to receive simplified instructions from their co-driver.
Elsewhere, the Builder option then lets you put together your very own 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," a press release reveals.
You can view a selection of screenshots below:
Heading online will matchmake you into 32-player lobbies where you can race for the fastest times, while the Moments tab recreates important moments from the 2023 season alongside classic events pulled out of the archives. Pre-orders of EA Sports WRC on the PS Store will net you three days of early access (from 31st October 2023) and five VIP Passes, which contain post-launch content.
Last year's World Rally Championship winner Kalle Rovanperä dons the front cover along with the Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT car. Are you interested in EA Sports WRC? Share your first impressions in the comments below.