WRC 10 Preview: It’s Shaping Up to Be Rally Good

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KT Racing has done a brilliant job with the WRC series in recent years, and before Codemasters takes over the helm it’s got a couple more entries to serve up.

Published by Nacon, WRC 10 is set for launch on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC this September, with a Switch release following sometime later. And once again it seems like it’s going be a must-have for rally fans. As well as the expected improvements to physics and modes such as career, this release will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sport, bringing with it a slew of new content.

As with every new entry in the series, WRC 10 will feature all of the official teams and rallies of the latest season. Not all of those rallies will be available at the game’s launch, however, with Greece and Belgium being added for free sometime after. Some rallies that were included in the original 2021 calendar but have since been cancelled are also included, such as Wales and Chile.

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A number of historical rallies have found their way into WRC 10 as well, thanks to a 50th Anniversary mode. Seven will available in the game from the outset, including Monte Carlo, Italy (San Remo) and Spain, with a further five to be delivered for free post-launch. Overall that means WRC 10 will have over 120 stages, of which more than 40 are totally new. Shakedown stages have been brought into the mix, too.

Career mode has been a highlight of the WRC series for a couple of years now, and WRC 10 aims to improve it even further. It’s set to offer more control to players than ever before, with more in-depth team management, enhanced skill trees, and more. Perhaps the biggest new addition, however, is that by completing a new WRC History mode and displaying your skills, you can now create your own team, opening up new elements to manage such as sponsors.

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Aside from career, and the new modes focusing on the anniversary of the WRC, all the modes from last year’s WRC 9 also return. That includes favourites such as Clubs, Quick Play, and even the unique online co-driver mode. Needless to say, WRC 10 promises to be the biggest entry in the WRC series yet.

Going hands on with a demo for WRC 10, we were able to speed through stages set in Estonia, Croatia, and Spain. All are new to this year’s entry, and offer completely different scenery and driving challenge. The wide dusty roads of Estonia, for example, gave us a bit of leeway as we found our feet with the handling of the Ford Focus we were in. When we visited Spain, however, we found certain extremely tight sections of the stage truly punishing. One thing was consistent though – just how good WRC 10 feels to play. The under-the-hood changes may be incremental, but they’re noticeable.

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On next-gen consoles, WRC 10 will sport a 120fps mode for those who don’t mind playing at 1080p. At 60fps, the game will target 4K, though the resolution will dynamically scale to ensure smooth performance. PS5 owners will be particularly pleased to hear that KT Racing is further enhancing the game’s support of the DualSense controller. WRC 9‘s DualSense implementation was phenomenal, so it really is something to look forward to.

If you game on PC, you’ll be able to try WRC 10 for yourself very soon. Tomorrow, in fact. It’s a part of Steam Next Fest, so you’ll be able to download a demo for the game and play it yourself for a short while. Though whether you’re a PC gamer or not, you’ll be able to find out more about WRC 10, and more, via the upcoming Nacon Connect. It takes place at 7pm CEST on 6th July, so make sure you tune in.

WRC 10 launches this September on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC. A Switch release will follow later.

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