WRC 8 has a wealth of new features such as improved car and surface physics, a dynamic weather system, and improvements made to the gameplay mechanics that bring it more in line with being a simulator.
The game first launched back in September for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Like V-Rally 4, it appears the team needed some extra time with the Switch version, but now it’s ready to pull up to the starting line.
If you live in Europe, then you can already get your hands on the new rally experience. North American players just have to wait a little longer until November 19 (unless you just make an EU Nintendo account).
Expect a review from us, soon!
WRC (World Rally Championship) is a long-running series that has been rolling along since 2001. The first few games were PlayStation-only until it took a five-year hiatus from 2005 to 2010. Upon its return, it came to PS3, 360 and PC as WRC – FIA World Rally Championship. This same game was then ported to 3DS much later on in 2014. This was the only time the series graced the 3DS, and it never came to Wii U. Thus, with the release of WRC 8 on Switch, it’s been an additional five years since the last time a WRC game has come to a Nintendo system.
If the game sells well enough, hopefully, Kylotonn and Bigben will be convinced to keep future releases coming to Switch.
Here are all the details from the press release:
Lesquin, France, November 14, 2019 – After the commercial and critical success of the PC, PS4™ and Xbox One versions released on September the 5th, WRC 8 – the official game of the FIA World Rally Championship – arrives on Nintendo Switch™ today in Europe. Dubbed the new benchmark for rally games by fans and press alike, Nintendo Switch™ owners can now get behind the wheel and feel all the adrenaline of rally driving.With all-new car and surface physics, as well as unique dynamic weather conditions for each country, WRC 8 is an overhaul that provides players with true simulation-based gameplay.Deeper than ever, it currently features 52 international rally teams, 100 special stages across 14 countries, and a selection of classic rally cars that are legends of WRC history. The Career mode has been rebuilt from the ground up to create even greater immersion. It puts the player in the shoes of a rally driver and manager who must progress over the course of several seasons to compete in the WRC category and become world champion. As part of a team, players must plan their calendar, manage their crew, recruit new members and develop a strategy to reach the very top.
The eSports WRC Championship is the only one to mirror the real-life series. This year, nine world finalists went head to head in the Service Park at Wales Rally GB in Llandudno. The French driver Lohan “NEXL” Blanc was ultimately victorious on 5 October and drove away with a Hyundai i20. He also tried the Nintendo Switch™ version of the game as co-driver to Dani Sordo at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España.
The eSports WRC championship will return in 2020. Weekly challenges offer a chance for players to compete against each other and test their skills. And the race to the 2020 world final will begin during Rallye Monte-Carlo in January 2020.WRC 8 is now available on PC, Xbox One, PS4TM and Nintendo Switch™ in Europe and on November 19th in North America.