WRC 9 is set to launch in 2020, and the series has steadily increased in quality over time. Developer Kylotonn has gradually improved the handling physics, performance, and visuals over the years. It’s not just iterative changes though, as WRC is getting some brand new rally stages for its ninth entry, including the return of Rally Japan.
Rally Japan as an event has been absent since 2011. The stage pits players against the sharp mountain climbs and dense forests of Japan, in the Aichi and Gifu districts. These locations also host this season’s real-life WRC finale in November. Kylotonn says that Rally Japan will feature narrow asphalt roads, aggressive corners, and a lush environment, which affects players’ visibility.
The WRC 9 Japan trailer showcases the returning location in action. Dynamic weather effects take hold as the stage progresses, and slippery asphalt looks like a solid challenge for the stage’s finale. Rally Japan looks like it’ll provide a good amount of variety throughout the stage too, with different landscapes cropping up throughout the level. With the Japanese rally event having been missing for so long, it’s about time it made its return.
WRC 9 launches Sept. 3 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It will release sometime after that on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X.