After Season 2 brought the new Central Europe Rally, a third EA Sports WRC season is coming soon. Set to arrive next week, EA Sports WRC Season 3 is bringing a new Rally Pass, brings new Moments, 25 Rally Pass levels, and a variety of liveries and cosmetics.
EA WRC Season 3 Rally Pass
Starting on 13 February, EA Sports WRC Season 3 will bring a new Rally Pass with a new set of 30 customisation items to unlock for your driver and cars, some of which are shown in the trailer.
These can be unlocked by earning XP, with 20 levels of rewards on offer. Up to ten items can be unlocked for free, while five are exclusive to EA Play and 15 are only available in the VIP Rally Pass. All players will be reset to Level 1 on 13 February, so you don’t have long to unlock the remaining Rally Pass Season 2 items.
New Moments inspired by 2024 WRC season
As well as a new Rally Pass, Season 3 will add a new selection of Moments, with daily challenges mimicking real WRC events from the past and present. As well as celebrating WRC’s history, Season 3 will introduce new Moments inspired by the current 2024 season for fans following the current championship.
These events will be added around one to two weeks after the real events, bringing players closer to the real WRC. Challenges based on classic events inspired by rally legends like Paddy Hopkirk, Teemu Suninen and Erik Cais are also coming in Season 3.
Update 1.5.1 out next week
Before the new season gets underway on 13 February, the next patch update will go live tomorrow on 8 February.
As well as adding the new Season 3 content, the update will include more bug fixes and performance improvements. 2023 WRC2 Champion Andreas Mikkelsen’s Skoda Fabia RS Rally2 livery will also be added for free.
With no new cars or stages, Season 3 is a lighter update than Season 2's Central Europe Rally update, but EA Sports WRC players still have plenty to look forward to in the coming months. As well as working on a VR update for PC, Codemasters is preparing to launch the 2024 WRC esports series, with more details to be announced soon.
You can check out highlights from the EA Sports WRC update 1.5.1 patch notes below:
- Expanded upon Unreal Engine's shader compilation process when booting the game on PC, by adding PSO support for compute shaders. This should help reduce the amount of stutter experienced during gameplay.
- Expanded upon Unreal Engine's VFX system ("Niagara"), adding PSO support for compute shaders. This should help reduce the amount of stutter experienced during gameplay.
- Fixed an issue in some scenarios in which micro-stuttering was occurring while the player was hitting maximum FPS with V-Sync enabled. This should result in a smoother experience during gameplay.
- Fixed an issue on all locations in which some reset lines were only triggering from one side, allowing players to pass through them freely.
- Fixed a number of issues related to reset lines, corner-cutting and object collision behaviour across several locations.
- Addressed a number of areas in which framerate would drop significantly on Chile. Other locations may also see a slight performance improvement as a result.
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