EA Sports WRC Won't Have Paid Microtransactions, Rally Pass Details Confirmed

EA Sports WRC Rally Pass

EA Sports WRC Rally Pass

With the early access launch now less than two weeks away, EA has revealed details about the EA Sports WRC Rally Pass. What is the EA Sports Rally Pass, you might ask? We’ve got all the details you need to know.

What is the EA Sports WRC Rally Pass?

Like battle passes in other games, the EA Sports WRC Rally Pass is a progression system where players can unlock customisation items for drivers and cars. As you progress through the game, you’ll earn XP. This XP unlocks items throughout the Rally Pass’s 20 levels.

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Each Season, players can unlock a racing suit, gloves, and helmet for their driver, along with decals for the livery editor. Liveries can also be unlocked for the Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid, Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid, and Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 Hybrid.

There will be five seasons, each lasting seven – eight weeks as follows:

  • Season 1 - 7 Weeks - Starting at Launch
  • Season 2 - 8 Weeks - Starting December 2023
  • Season 3 - 8 Weeks - Coming in 2024
  • Season 4 - 8 Weeks - Coming in 2024
  • Season 5 - 8 Weeks - Coming in 2024

EA emphasises that the Rally Pass doesn’t include any exclusive cars or locations. The 78 rally cars and over 200 rally stages will also be available to everyone at launch. That means there won’t be a Deluxe Edition with exclusive content. This is a welcome move after additional cars and locations were sold as DLC for DiRT Rally 2.0. 

In other welcome news, EA confirmed there won't be any paid in-game currency or XP booster microtransactions. A VIP Pass will be sold separately for £5.99/$5.99/€5.99, however. This unlocks three additional three sets of racing suits, gloves, helmets, caps and Rally1 liveries in each Rally Pass season. However, all VIP Rally Pass content will be available for players who pre-order EA Sports WRC at no extra cost.

On top of this, EA Play subscribers can unlock an additional set of racing suits, gloves, helmets, caps and Rally1 liveries in each Season as well as extra Moments scenarios.

Post-launch updates

EA has also previewed its post-launch plans for EA Sports WRC in a blog post. While there won’t be any paid DLC, the Central European Rally introduced in the 2023 WRC calendar will be added in a free update. New challenges will also be added to the Moments mode daily, with over 50 Moments in Season 1. EA Play subscribers will get an extra seven.

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Finally, another free update will add VR support for PC players in 2024. There’s still no word on PSVR2 support yet, though.

EA Sports WRC powerslides onto PS5, Xbox, and PC on 3 November. Those who pre-order will get early access from 31 October.

For more on EA Sports WRC, check out our hands-on preview and interview with senior creative director Ross Gowing, who revealed EA Sports WRC will pay tribute to the late Hyundai WRC driver Craig Breen.

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