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WRC 2023 game: the world rally championship goes next-gen

Published: 13 September 2023 Updated: 15 September 2023

► WRC 2023 coming to PS5, Xbox and PC
► Diverse car and track line-up confirmed
► Pre-ordering will grant early access and extra VIP content

Rev those virtual engines, folks, because EA has announced its latest rallying game – WRC 2023.  After a 36-year long wait, Codemasters has gained the rights to the popular racing series in addition to the F1 franchise.

Here’s all you need to know about WRC 2023, from the new cars and tracks to which platforms it will run on.

WRC 2023 Subaru

When’s WRC 2023 coming out? 

WRC 2023 will be released on 3 November 2023, promising in its recent teaser trailers to deliver an all-new authentic rally racing gaming style featuring over 400 miles of different stages, all representing current areas of the recent WRC season. 

The game is set to be released on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC platforms.

The release signifies a historic moment for developer Codemasters, as it’s the first time in its 36-year history that it has obtained the rights to the WRC championship, following on from its legacy with the Colin McRae Rally and F1 games.

WRC 2023 M-Sport Ford

So, what does it include?

The new game features 10 current WRC, WRC2 and Junior WRC vehicles, and 68 classic rally cars from the past six decades – including Colin McRae’s famous blue-and-yellow 1998 Subaru Impreza. Because who doesn’t want to virtually drive through history?

The company has also partnered with official WRC teams and manufacturers such as the likes of Ford, Toyota, and Hyundai to really let you live out your bobble-hat fantasies.

From picking your own chassis and body shells to tinkering around with the mechanical bits, the designers of WRC 2023 have tried to put you in control. 

Hyundai WRC rally car in game

EA says that while the game includes limitless new features, it is in fact a sim racing title. Don’t worry though, newcomers can benefit from the optional simplified pacenote system and easier-to-grasp handling options available. 

Likewise, if you’re looking to race like the real thing, European Rally Championship ERC3 Champion Jon Armstrong shared some input on a system option that aims to replicate a professional rally driver’s options.

Players can also choose from multiple modes, with one being a 32-multiplayer option across all platforms.

Citroen rally car in WRC 2023

How can I play WRC 2023?

The game is set to be released on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC this autumn. Codemasters is dropping the previous-gen completely though; it won’t be available on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. 

Although the official launch is set for November 2023, gamers who opt to pre-order the digital edition will benefit from three days of early access starting from 31 October.