WRC 23: When Is the Announcement Coming?

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After acquiring Codemasters in early 2021, EA Sports now has two big racing licenses under its roof: Having seamlessly continued the series of F1 games, the first rally title by EA Sports and Codemasters is due this year - but sim racers are still waiting for an official announcement. Could it be right around the corner?

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Rumors had the new rally game set for launch in July, but by now, this seems highly unlikely as WRC 23 has not yet been officially announced. F1 23 had been announced six weeks prior to its launch on June 16th - that would make for a mid-to-late August release should the game be announced very soon.

2023 marks the first year that EA Sports owns the official WRC license after Nacon and KT Racing have delivered their final effort under their previous licensing agreement in WRC Generations. Their series of WRC titles usually released in late summer or even later in the year, with Generations being available in November, whereas its predecessor WRC 10 had been released in early August.

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Sun or snow? Previous WRC games have been released at very different times of year. Image credit: Codemasters

It is possible that EA wants to tie the official announcement of WRC 23 to a real WRC event, two of which are coming up shortly: From July 20th to 23rd, the World Championship makes station in Estonia before moving on to Rally Finland from August 3rd to 6th.

With the popularity of the latter, which is affectionately known as the "Grand Prix on Gravel" among fans due to its high speeds, this could be the event EA is targeting - Rally is enormously popular in Finland, and many Finns get behind the wheel themselves in local events.

Held for the first time in 1951, Rally Finland started to become increasingly popular and has been part of the WRC calendar since the World Championship's first season in 1973, with the exception of 1995 and 2020. Characterized by its gravel stages that feature very high average speeds and spectacular jumps, the event is one of the crown jewels of the WRC season.


It is easy to imagine how the event would make a perfect stage (no pun intended) to officially announce WRC 23 - possibly even with a first hands-on version available for fans to try. Of course, this is still just speculation at this point. The official Twitter profile for EA Sports Rally has recently been active and celebrating the anniversary of the very first Colin McRae Rally, which was released 25 years ago. The successor has also been mentioned - could it be that a retrospective is going to lead to the newest iteration? Time will tell.


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When do you think EA and Codemasters will finally announce WRC 23? What are you hoping for in the new title? Let us know in the comments below!
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It's a mad, mad world.

Here we are, with announcing articles that we are awaiting an announcement of a release date of a certain release not knowing much yet.

In the 90ies life was simple; 1) physically enter your computer store (and late 90ies also record stores), 2) observe advertising colomns, 3) grab the game, 4) go home and play it.

Now we're left with sickening marketing stunts that should really only work for little kids waiting for candy, not able to think independantly meanwhile, while the farmer walks around with an empty feed bag in front of his hens and roosters being eager but not knowing what is really going on.
 
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At least for me, but I will only care about this game if they release some vintage content with it.

We want Group B stuff, or Lancer´s x Imprenza´s x Focus battles. And that was/is one of the biggest problems with the WRC game or even EA games - they never release the full content.

I remember when EA released vintage cars alongside the base F1 game, which was really cool - but what is worth having 1 or 2 cars from the same year, while the other 10 cars are missing?

And in contrast, that's one of the wonderful things about Dirt 2.0 - you could make a full championship, with several cars from the same year.

But we all know what EA's line is, and that's what worries me...
 
It's a mad, mad world.

Here we are, with announcing articles that we are awaiting an announcement of a release date of a certain release not knowing much yet.

In the 90ies life was simple; 1) physically enter your computer store (and late 90ies also in record stores), 2) observe advertising colomns, 3) Grab the game, 4) Go home and play it.

Now we're left with sickening marketing stunts that should really only work for little kids waiting for candy, not able to think independantly meanwhile, while the farmer walks around with an empty feed bag in front of his hens and roosters being eager but not knowing what is really going on.
These are the days of making news out of no news...
 
But still, I had been wondering just a couple of days ago if the title would be around before Christmas, so those of us who enjoy rally titles are certainly keen for any kind of news, thx for the speculation, Yannik.
 
I hope they won't rush it. They can keep developing it until the next WRC season. At least 1 new Manufacturer is expected to join next season so it would be better for them, and us, to just wait.
 
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it would be real nice if they gave us some good notice to be able to save up the reddies for it… with the cost of living crises and all that here in the uk… just hope it’s not another £70 title too :(
 
I hope they won't rush it. They can keep developing it until the next WRC season. At least 1 new Manufacturer is expected to join next season so it would be better for them, and us, to just wait.
At least one new manufacturer next year? Do you know something no one else does?
 
I hope that is has the same engine as Dirt Rally 2 as a basis and that they started from that point by simply improving that engine so that we can still use MSAA with forward rendering instead of TAA with deferred rendering. If that's the case then we can probably expect good VR support. If they started all over again then it will probably be a blurry stuttering mess like the F1 games. My interest in this title starts with this subject so I'm really looking forward to the announcement.
 
I recently saw an article (based on speculation, tho) that showed a sneak peak of trophies for the game.
There were achievements for only 5 or 6 rally locations.

Not to send the internet into speculative raging, but I suspect that EA will only release these 5 or 6 rallies in the game, then sell the other 7 or 8 rallies as DLC/Season Pass or whatever.

If that turns out to be the case, that would make the game a hard pass for me, even though rally is my thing. And I would urge WRC to pull the license so they're not associated with one of the greediest devs on the planet.

Hope I'm wrong
 
At least 1 new Manufacturer is expected to join next season so it would be better for them, and us, to just wait.
We just know that three manufacturers are interested in possibly joining the championship in 2025 with the new regulations: Alpine,Skoda and the Stellantis Group (Peugeot,Citroën....).However these manufacturers want an electric championship.
 
it would be real nice if they gave us some good notice to be able to save up the reddies for it… with the cost of living crises and all that here in the uk… just hope it’s not another £70 title too :(
There will be a Champions Edition like the F1 23 game.The price should be similar to F1.
 

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