If you are a fan of motorsports or racing games, you have probably tried one of the previous WRC (World Rally Championship) games, or at least have heard of them. The newest yearly installment of the franchise has been officially announced, and we also got to see a trailer for WRC 6 filled with what they say is in game footage. This game, which is officially licensed by the WRC and FIA (Federation International de l’Automobile), will be published by Bigben and developed by Kyloton Racing Games.
This is the first time in the WRC video game history that they have decided to stick with the same developer for more than one year, as a new WRC game is released annually. Maybe they looked in the neighbors’ yard, where everything seems to be running just fine, and decided to do the same thing by letting the same team work on the game and improve it from year to year, trying to get closer to the competition. That competition is the Dirt franchise, developer by Codemasters for a very long time. In comparison, the WRC franchise is miles behind Dirt, or should we say compared to them, they’re in the WRC 2 category?! Dirt games have never been bad, and more than that, they get significantly better with each edition, especially when it comes to realism, physics and car handling. WRC games fail to improve much from one edition to the other and furthermore, some of them have problems no one expected and can simply ruin the game altogether. For example, we can tell you the pacenotes in WRC 5 were absolutely crap. They’re late all the time and although you have the option of getting the calls earlier, they’re still very late, so, in fast sections of a special stage you will wrap your car around a tree before the co-driver calls the corner. Hell, they seem to be 2 or 3 corners behind with the calls. Another horrendous aspect of WRC 5 was he damage system. They tried to make the game more realistic by making it more difficult, but they fucked that up as well. In earlier versions of the game, the care could take too much damage without it resulting in bad handling or lack of acceleration. In WRC 5, you can’t even drive over a stick without braking the radiator or damaging your suspension. It’s hopeless.
So, with all that being said, and with new competition now from Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo, they have to step up their game big time. WRC 6 promises to be much improved from the last installment, and it does some categories in which it holds an advantage over its rivals. This advantage comes in the form of countries and special stages. It will feature all 14 WRC events, including the new China Rally, and the developers say it will have even more and longer special stages then the previous installment. It will also feature all the vehicles from the WRC, WRC 2 and Junior WRC, as well as all the drivers from the WRC and a selection of the best drivers from the other 2 supporting categories. The graphics of WRC 5 weren’t bad at all, but Codemasters are still undoubtedly ahead on this issue too. But, graphics are the last thing on the mind of a hardcore rally simulation addict. What rally video game lovers care most about are the physics.
A new thing the upcoming game promises will be the option for 2 players to race each other at the same time on a split screen. WRC 6 will also continue last years endeavor of organizing eSports events using the game, which are loved by the online racing community.
WRC 6 is set to be released in October, and w’re certainly waiting to see if they’ll be able to come up with a decent finished product this time around.