WRC 9 Confirmed: Release date, consoles, next-gen, new locations, content, & more

Buckle up and check your pace notes. Nacon & KT Racing are back with WRC 9!

Toby Durant by Toby Durant
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Motorsport might be on pause thanks to coronavirus, but racing fans have plenty to look forward too.

This weekend sees the return of the Virtual Grand Prix, and now WRC 9 has been announced!

Last year’s game was a triumph for KT Racing and Nacon. One of the most challenging and rewarding official racing titles in recent memory it tested drivers and allowed them to dive feet first into the world of WRC.

So how can they top it this year?

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WRC 9 – Destination New Zealand

The first piece of gameplay is from the staggeringly beautiful Rally New Zealand, which returns to the WRC calendar after a seven-year absence.

It’s safe to say that WRC 9 retains the amazing graphics and stellar audio of last year’s game.

“Roads in New Zealand are amongst the most beautiful and the most appreciated in the Championship’s history.” says Benoit Gomes, Lead Level Designer at KT Racing.

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“Famous for its fast chains of turns and a sustained pace rhythm, along with breath-taking landscapes, Rally New Zealand truly offers a particular experience. A long preparation work allowed us to replicate, as closely as possible, the luxuriant vegetation, the light, and unique ocean views, as well as the road’s topography and surfaces, mainly composed of gravel. We’re convinced that players will enjoy taking up this challenge as much as we did in WRC 9.” concludes Benoît Gomes.

Along the gameplay came the release date…

WRC 9 release date

WRC 9 is set to hit the shelves on 3 September 2020.

That is the planned release date, but obviously the changeable conditions we live in could push that back.

WRC 9 features
HOLD ON: WRC is a true racing challenge

This is the release date for Xbox One, PS4, and PC (via Epic Games Store). It will release on the next-gen Xbox Series X and PS5, as well as Nintendo Switch, at a later date.

WRC 9 content

KT Racing are no strangers to a challenge. After creating one of the most in-depth career modes imaginable last year they have promised “an enhanced career mode and many technical improvements”.

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FOOT DOWN: Is always risky on gravel

Along with that gamers will get:

  • 3 new rallies: Japan, New Zealand, Kenya
  • Over 50 official teams and their livery from the WRC, WRC 2, WRC 3 and Junior WRC
  • Over 15 bonus cars that have left their mark on the history of the WRC

There is also the promise of Exclusive new game modes soon to be announced. Wow.

Toby Durant