WRC 8 Races Onto Nintendo Switch This September

Historically Nintendo systems have received a fair share of racing games. However, the majority of them were fantastical (Mario Kart), futuristic (F-Zero), or arcade (Cruis’n). Over the years there have been a smattering of more realistic racers, but for the most part we still get the same arcade-centric “casual” racing experiences.

Although the Switch still lacks its Forza or Gran Turismo, there have been some attempts to bring a more serious racing game to the system. We know Codemasters is bringing GRID Autosport sometime this year, and now WRC 8 has just been announced as a Switch game as well. It’s set to arrive in September! These games are known for their high-adrenaline rally courses and this one looks no different. We have the first look trailer below – although we’re sure that’s most likely the PC or high-end systems being shown. We’ll probably have to wait a bit longer to see exactly how the Switch version will look visually, but as long as the development team nails the controls we think this should be one to watch for!

 

 

OFFICIAL PR:

After a two-year absence, the legendary WRC game is back. Bigben and Kylotonn are pleased to announce that WRC 8, FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) 2019 official video game, will be available in September for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Thanks to the community’s feedback and the pointers from the eSports WRC Championship, Kylotonn has taken advantage of this period to improve all aspects of the game: better graphics, more technical routes, smoother pace notes and a more comprehensive career mode. WRC 8 will go above and beyond WRC 7, especially in the steering requirements and the realistic physics of the vehicles.

Watch the first WRC 8 video showcasing the pre-season tests of a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car at Rallye Monte-Carlo and the brand-new Rally Turkey here: https://youtu.be/KyRXe4qxaQo

While the WRC enjoyed an epic season in 2018, with the destiny of the drivers’ title only being decided on the final morning of the season in Australia, 2019 is already shaping up as another fascinating year. In WRC 8, players will be able to choose their driver from the official teams of the 2019 season marked by the return of Sébastien Ogier (6 times World Champion) from Citroën Racing, accompanied by Esapekka Lappi, while Toyota will try to defend its 2018 manufacturers’ title with Jari-Matti Latvala, Kris Meeke and Ott Tänak. 2019 is also marked by the return of the nine-time World Champion and WRC legend, Sébastien Loeb, driving this year for Hyundai Motorsport in support of Thierry Neuville, Andreas Mikkelsen and Dani Sordo. M-Sport Ford, will rely on Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninento draw attention again.

WRC 8 will also offers a selection of WRC 2 and Junior WRC drivers as well as a few historic models to be revealed very shortly. Talent and concentration will be needed to overcome more than 100 special stages taking place in 14 countries. Upgrade your car to unprecedented new levels of detail and develop your team in an in-depth and intense career mode.

A new dynamic weather system has been developed to add random elements to the driving experience, but also to increase realism in the game. Managing the weather is a real challenge for the drivers: modified grip, car settings adjustments, tire selection optimization, weather team relationship to ensure the best tips and information on the latest conditions. More than mere visual effects, climatic conditions become crucial, especially in the management of your career.

 

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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