WRC Generations, the final outing for Nacon and KT Racing’s well-received rally series, is due for release this October
As you may be aware, this is KT Racing’s final officially-licensed WRC game before handing over to Codemasters (now part of EA, with their first WRC game due in 2024). I’m a huge fan of KT Racing’s WRC series ever since they picked up the reins from Milestone back in 2015. The first few games were fun, but 2019’s WRC 8 represented a big leap for the franchise, with much more authentic handling and a refined career mode. Each game since then has further improved and polished the formula into one of the best rally games we’ve yet seen.
WRC Generations is set to go out with a bang. It will feature the all-new hybrid powertrain rally cars and all thirteen locations from the 2022 WRC season, including the brand new all-snow Rally of Sweden. Additionally, there will be a further nine locations included, giving us a total of 22 countries and 165 Special Stages. Joining the new Hybrid WRC machines, there will be a collection of 37 legendary cars with unique mechanical and handling characteristics, too.
In response to feedback, WRC Generations will feature improved sound design and numerous optimisations as requested by the community. Co-driver mode makes a welcome return, as does the livery editor which has not only been made more usable, you can now share creations with the rest of the community.
We’re not expecting huge differences in terms of gameplay and career structure, though. KT Racing found a formula that worked, and rather than reinventing the wheel each year, they have polished and refined the formula instead. As I found with previous games, that meant we saw a lot of stage layouts being reused (albeit with a fresh coat of pixels). As this is their final WRC game, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of returning stages rather than a full new lineup.
While this isn’t the end of the world (circuit racing games have been doing this for decades), I’ll admit to having stage fatigue. The Monte Carlo Rally is the starting point for almost every category of car, so I must have raced those same stages hundreds of times. I really hope that career gives a bit more flexibility in which Rally you start on when you’re in the WRC Junior, WRC 3 and WRC 2 categories.
I’m expecting the series to go out on a high, as this is the definitive version of KT Racing’s vision for the WRC games, with more content than ever. Whether it’s enough to keep fans who’ve played every yearly update placated remains to be seen, but if it has been two or three years since you’ve played one of their WRC titles I’d highly recommend you give this one a look.
New solo and online content
WRC Generations is more polished and detailed than its predecessors and promises countless hours of gameplay thanks to brand-new game modes and new ways to share your passion online!
- Career mode lets players determine their own history, managing every aspect of their team and leading them to success. A new way to manage hybrid-powered cars will be included in the skill tree.
- In League mode players can take each other on in the same category in daily and weekly challenges in an attempt to rise to the top of the rankings.
- With the Teams system, players can choose to join a team or create their own, raising the standard high in every challenge.
- The Livery editor enables players to customize their cars with a variety of finishes and stickers. In WRC Generations, players can now share their creations with each other!
- Players can take part in training races on split screen or online, and enjoy the real experience with a friend in Co-driver mode.
WRC Generations will be available on October 13th 2022 on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and later on PC and Switch.