WRC 23 brings the start of a new era for the World Rally Championship game.
Codemasters and EA will be releasing their first-ever WRC game later this year and we're excited to see where they take the series.
Latest news - WRC 23 release date leaks
We're still waiting for EA to unveil WRC 23. Ahead of its official announcement, WRC 23's release date has seemingly leaked from a datamine.
According to reliable leaker billbil-kun, WRC 23 is set to release on 28 July, 2023. This positions WRC 23 around six weeks after F1 23. This means we'll be getting a new WRC game several months earlier than usual - KT Racing's WRC games launched in September at the earliest and November at the latest.
WRC 23 announcement reportedly coming soon from Codemasters
We may not have to wait much longer for WRC 23 to be announced.
According to reliable leaker Billbill-kun, WRC 23 is "ready to launch" and we can “expect an announcement very soon." With the release rumoured for Spring, a WRC 23 announcement could be just days away.
Kylotonn had developed every World Rally Championship game since WRC 5 in 2015. It's a changing of the guards for the WRC games, as Codemasters expand their portfolio of titles in 2023.
Codies are very experienced developers, making both the official Formula 1 game since 2009 and other rally titles such as Dirt 5 and DiRT Rally. So, it's fair to say that WRC is in good hands going forward.
One of the coolest features of recent WRC games has been its historic content. In addition to the full 2023 WRC line-up, classic cars were also included in Generations.
There included the 1979 Ford Escort MkII, 1980 Fiat 131 Abarth, and 2002 Peugeot 206 WRC.
So, what could WRC 23 have in terms of historic content? We're not sure right now, but given that Codies used to have classic Formula 1 cars in their F1 game, it's definitely possible.
Build your own rally car
One of the popular rumours going around at the moment is that you'll be able to design and create your own rally car in WRC 23's Career Mode. This isn't just a cosmetic mechanic either, it's from the ground up.
You'll reportedly start with choosing a drivetrain and engine position before choosing your gearbox, clutch, radiator, suspension, brakes and exhaust.
Not all parts are created equal either, as you'll need to stick to your budget and might have to rely on used components to stay financially secure. Everything on the car will be available to customise, right down to the mudflaps.
You'll even be able to test your ride before letting it hit the stage. This is to make sure it looks as good drifting around a corner as it does in the garage.
This sounds similar to the F1 My Team creation system but appears to be far more in-depth than the one we've seen in F1 22.
There will also reportedly be 16 car classes to choose from including WRC, WRC 2, H1 FWD, and F2 Kitcar.
Teams and Drivers
With this being the official game of the 2023 WRC season, all of the teams and drivers we'll see in the real-world series will be in the video game too. At the time of writing, there are ten two-man crews currently contracted for the 2023 season.
Some of the highlights of the drivers include Toyota's Kalle Rovanperä, the current world champion. There's also eight-time champion Sebastian Ogier, also for Toyota and Ott Tanak, who drives for Ford.
There are 13 rallies on the 2023 calendar. These take us to five continents and across every surface from frozen snowy roads to the heat of the desert gravel.
Several changes have been made, with Chile and Mexico returning and a new Central European rally joining the calendar. Rally New Zealand, Catalunya and Belgium all leave the roster for 2023.
In terms of content, we don't know how many stages are taking place at each rally. However, if 2022 is anything to go by, there could be around the tally of 165 special stages, which is a record.
Editions and pre-order bonuses
Like F1 23, WRC 23 will reportedly have a Champions Edition with five seasons of additional content along with a three-month WRC+ subscription included either as a Champions Edition or pre-order bonus.
KT Racing's WRC titles launched in September at the earliest and November at the latest. WRC Generations, the French studio's final WRC game, launched in November 2022.
However, rumours suggest Codemasters' and EA's first WRC game will arrive much earlier than usual.
According to a datamine leak by billbil-kun, WRC 23 will release on 28 July, 2023. This release date is yet to be verified by Codemasters or EA, so we must wait for an official announcement for confirmation. If true, it means WRC 23 will arrive around six weeks after F1 23.
Platforms are yet to be confirmed, but the datamine leak suggests WRC 23 will only launch on the current-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X|S platforms alongside PC. Unfortunately, this means WRC fans who haven't upgraded to the current platforms will miss out.
F1 23, on the other hand, will also arrive on PS4 and Xbox One.
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