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Codemasters Secures the Rights to the FIA World Rally Championship License, From 2023 Through 2027

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Codemasters Secures the Rights to the FIA World Rally Championship License, From 2023 Through 2027

According to Games Industry, Codemasters has signed an exclusive five-year licensing deal to develop and publish games based on the FIA World Rally Championship series. Kyloton and current publisher BigBen Interactive will keep the license until 2023. Codemasters will then take over through 2027, with plans to release annual WRC games for console, PC and mobile platforms.

Here are some of the features for WRC 9, which is scheduled for release on September 3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC from the Epic Games Store, then on PlayStation 5, Xbox One Series X and Nintendo Switch at a later date.

  • An enhanced and more challenging Career mode – Hailed as one of the best Career modes in any racing game, WRC 8 was a hit with rally fans. It returns in WRC 9 with enhanced gameplay mechanics, new opportunities to upgrade your team, a wider variety of events and a stronger link to what the real-world championship teams are doing throughout the year.
  • Even more content – WRC 9 again includes extensive content with three new events added to the calendar: the return of Kenya’s iconic Safari Rally, Rally Japan and its challenging narrow asphalt roads, the beautiful scenery of Rally New Zealand and two other rallies with completely redesigned environments. Fans will also be able to take the wheel of new classic cars that have left their mark on the history of the WRC.
  • An even more realistic game experience – To improve and refine certain vehicle behaviors, the developers have again focused on the realism of car physics – including suspensions, braking and mass transfer – to take authenticity to the next level. This attention to detail faithfully reproduces the vehicles’ responsiveness on all surfaces and in all conditions found in the real championship. A special focus on sound also provides deeper immersion.
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  1. I actually like this agreement.   Gives Codemasters up to 3 years to get a team together and build a great base game with out alot of pressure instead of trying to rush and push out a game in a year
    Codemasters becoming the EA of racing.
    Exclusivity is never a good thing and has ruined how many genres?  NFL, Soccer, F1 and now rally as well.
    I'm no fanboy, but EA Sports this ain't.
    F1 2019 had a career mode that made EA's efforts in FIFA, Madden, and NHL look practically last-gen.  (In the case of the NHL series, that's almost a backhanded compliment, but still.)
    Admittedly, I'm not unconcerned about the recent streak of acquisitive behavior by CM--Project CARS, we hardly knew ye--but this is still a long, LONG way from 2005 et seq.
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    Codemasters becoming the EA of racing.
    Exclusivity is never a good thing and has ruined how many genres?* NFL, Soccer, F1 and now rally as well.

    Yeah, I'm not sure how it's ruined F1 games. Nobody else would make one anyways likely, and that's like saying the F1 series that CM puts out is trash, and it's a hell of a long ways from that. It's a fantastic game and series IMO. No complaints here

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