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WRC 9 Interview with Game Director, Alain Jarniou (Redbull)



WRC 9 Interview with Game Director, Alain Jarniou (Redbull)

Redbull recently had an opportunity to sit down with WRC 9 game director, Alain Jarniou, as they discussed the new tracks, features and changes in the game. He also reveals a few small details on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game.

Below are a some bullets from the interview, but you can read the full article here.

  • The team listens to the help of pro-gamers and actual rally drivers to tweak and validate the handling according to their feedback
  • Sounds have been reworked from scratch
  • 4 new historical cars have been added to the game, for a total of 15
  • The new co-driver mode is coming after launch, allowing you to enact a real race with a friend sat next to you, whose job is to give you the racing info in order to create a truly authentic experience
  • On PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, the team can manage physics at a greater frequency, increase frame rate, add higher resolutions (aiming for 60fps at 4K), better graphics and faster load times
  • The new controllers offer new vibrations and haptic feedback to add to the driving experience, as it can transmit car behavior, surface, suspension and braking

WRC 9 is scheduled to 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.

If you missed our recent hands-on preview of WRC 9, you can read it here.

While the vehicles felt tuned properly, the interactions with the environments are what really add a level of authenticity to the overall feel of the WRC 9 preview build. Whether racing in the snow-covered courses of Sweden, the dust plains of Argentina, or the narrow and twisting roads of Japan, the vehicle-to-track interaction felt incredibly well done, and it forced me to adjust my driving style multiple times during each stage.


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  1. ps3veron
    Will this be one of those free upgrades once the Xbox x and ps5 are out or do we need to buy it again?

    They said it would be automatically upgraded to the next gen version, free, when installed on the new machine

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