World Rally Championship (video game series)

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World Rally Championship
Genres Racing
Developers Evolution Studios (2001–05)
Traveller's Tales (2005)
Milestone (2010–13)
Kylotonn Games (2015–present)
Publishers Sony Computer Entertainment (2001–05)
Black Bean Games (2010–13)
Bigben Interactive (2015–)
Platforms PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS
First release World Rally Championship
30 November 2001
Latest release WRC 6
7 October 2016

Three series of video games with the official license of the World Rally Championship (WRC) have been released.

The first series were published by Sony Computer Entertainment who owned the WRC license in the early 2000s. These titles were all made by British developer Evolution Studios between 2001 and 2005. The series consists of five original games released exclusively for the Sony PlayStation 2 console, and one Sony PSP port, all based on the World Rally Championship seasons from 2001 to 2005, using official drivers, cars and locations.

The license remained dormant until 2009 when Italian publisher Black Bean Games signed a four-year licensing contract. The second series thus followed, which included five games published by Black Bean Games and developed by Italian developer Milestone between 2010 and 2013. These included four official WRC games based on seasons from 2010 to 2013, as well as a licensed arcade title, all of them released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

In July 2013 it was announced that the license was picked up by the French publisher Bigben Interactive. Bigben hired French developer Kylotonn to work on the third series of games, which started in 2015 with WRC 5 and continued with WRC 6 in 2016, based on the 2015 and 2016 World Rally Championship seasons. These were both released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Games[edit]

Main titles[edit]

Titles in the World Rally Championship series
Title Release PC 6th Gen 7th Gen 8th Gen Handheld Developer Notes
World Rally Championship 2001 N/A PS2 N/A N/A N/A Evolution Studios Based on the 2001 WRC season
WRC II Extreme 2002 N/A PS2 N/A N/A N/A Evolution Studios Based on the 2002 WRC season
WRC 3 2003 N/A PS2 N/A N/A N/A Evolution Studios Based on the 2003 WRC season
WRC 4 2004 N/A PS2 N/A N/A N/A Evolution Studios Based on the 2004 WRC season
WRC: Rally Evolved 2005 N/A PS2 N/A N/A N/A Evolution Studios Based on the 2005 WRC season
WRC: FIA World Rally Championship 2010 Windows N/A PS3, X360 N/A 3DS Milestone Based on the 2010 WRC season
WRC 2: FIA World Rally Championship 2011 Windows N/A PS3, X360 N/A N/A Milestone Based on the 2011 WRC season
WRC 3: FIA World Rally Championship 2012 Windows N/A PS3, X360, OnLive N/A Vita Milestone Based on the 2012 WRC season
WRC 4: FIA World Rally Championship 2013 Windows N/A PS3, X360 N/A Vita Milestone Based on the 2013 WRC season
WRC 5 2015 Windows N/A PS3, X360 PS4, Xbox One Vita Kylotonn Based on the 2015 WRC season
WRC 6 2016 Windows N/A N/A PS4, Xbox One N/A Kylotonn Based on the 2016 WRC season

Spin-offs[edit]

Title Release PC 6th Gen 7th Gen 8th Gen Handheld Developer Notes
World Rally Championship 2005 N/A N/A N/A N/A PSP Traveller's Tales
WRC Powerslide 2013 Windows N/A PSN, XBLA N/A N/A Milestone

World Rally Championship (2001)[edit]

World Rally Championship was released for PlayStation 2 on November 30, 2001 in Europe and March 21, 2002 in North America. The game features FIA licensed cars, stages and drivers from the 2001 season and has a career mode allowing the player to work through the World Rally Championship season. The game also features damage simulation in the form of visual damage as well as performance damage if the player crashes.

WRC II Extreme (2002)[edit]

Main article: WRC II Extreme

WRC II Extreme is the sequel to WRC World Rally Championship and was released for PlayStation 2 in Europe and Japan on November 27, 2002. It contains teams, drivers, cars and rallies from the 2002 WRC season. It also includes "extreme" cars designed by the teams. The main soundtrack to WRC II Extreme was produced by the Chemical Brothers. Additionally, the tracks "Come with Us/The Test" and "Star Guitar" from the Chemical Brothers album, Come with Us (2002) were also used in the game.

WRC 3 (2003)[edit]

Main article: WRC 3

WRC 3 is the second sequel to WRC World Rally Championship and was released for PlayStation 2 on November 21, 2003 in Europe, and May 27, 2004 in Japan. It contains teams, drivers, cars and rallies from the 2003 WRC season. It also contains Extreme and Concept cars, designed by the teams.

WRC 4 (2004)[edit]

Main article: WRC 4

WRC 4 is the fourth installment of the WRC World Rally Championship series and was released on October 22, 2004 in Europe and April 7, 2005 in Japan. It contains teams, drivers, cars and rallies from the 2004 WRC season. It also contains Extreme cars designed by the teams, S1600 cars and Group N4 cars.

WRC: Rally Evolved (2005)[edit]

Main article: WRC: Rally Evolved

WRC: Rally Evolved or WRC5 is the last of the series for the PS2. It was released exclusively in Europe on October 28, 2005.[1] The game includes teams, drivers, cars and rallies from the 2005 WRC season. It also contains Extreme and Concept cars designed by the teams, S1600 cars and Group B cars from the 1980s.

World Rally Championship (2005)[edit]

In 2005, British game studio Traveller's Tales and SCEE[2] developed a new WRC title for the PlayStation Portable based on WRC: Rally Evolved, which had recently been released on the PS2.[2] The PSP port was jointly released by Sony Computer Entertainment (EU/JP) and Namco Bandai Games (NA) on November 18, 2005 in Europe, March 9, 2006 in Japan, and April 18, 2006 in North America. It is known as WRC, WRC: FIA World Rally Championship and World Rally Championship in the UK, Japan and the US, respectively.[2]

Like its predecessor, World Rally Championship is based around the 2005 season and features 30 fully deformable 2005 WRC, Evolution and Extreme spec cars.[2] In championship mode, players have the opportunity to play through the entire WRC season as any one of the 17 official 2004 registered drivers from the six official manufacturers, participating in 16 official rallies spanning five continents and 16 countries.[2] Additionally, there are 19 bonus stages and downloadable content available to users.[2] In addition to championship mode, there are also quick rally, time trial and single rally single-player game modes.[3] World Rally Championship also supports various ad hoc multiplayer modes, such as wireless time trial, turn-based time trial, turn-based single rally, and turn-based championship.[3]

However, unlike the PS2 version, the PSP remake does not include damage simulation—though visual damage to the vehicle can be seen.

WRC: FIA World Rally Championship (2010)[edit]

WRC: FIA World Rally Championship was released on October 8, 2010 in Europe and April 14, 2011 in Japan. It was the first game to be officially licensed by the WRC since 2005's WRC: Rally Evolved, and is also the first official WRC game to be released on Xbox and PC. It features the official cars, drivers and co-drivers from the 2010 season and from the three support classes: Production World Rally Championship, Super 2000 World Rally Championship and Junior World Rally Championship.

A downloadable car pack, featuring Group B rally cars from the 1980s, was released on the day of the game's release.

WRC 2: FIA World Rally Championship (2011)[edit]

WRC 2: FIA World Rally Championship was released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on October 14, 2011 in Europe and February 16, 2012 in Japan. It is the second installment in Milestone's rebooted WRC series and is the official video game of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship, featuring cars and rallies from the 2011 season, including support categories.

WRC 3: FIA World Rally Championship (2012)[edit]

WRC 3: FIA World Rally Championship was released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and PC on October 12, 2012 in Europe. It is the third installment in Milestone's rebooted WRC series and is the official video game of the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship, featuring cars and rallies from the 2012 season, including support categories.

WRC Powerslide (2013)[edit]

Main article: WRC Powerslide

WRC Powerslide was developed by Milestone S.r.l. and released on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and Steam.

As of April 2016, the game has been taken down off from the PSN, XLA, and Steam stores.

WRC 4: FIA World Rally Championship (2013)[edit]

WRC 4: FIA World Rally Championship was released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC and PlayStation Vita in October 2013 in Europe. It is the fourth installment in Milestone's rebooted WRC series and is the official video game of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship, featuring cars and rallies from the 2013 season, including support categories.

WRC 5 (2015)[edit]

Main article: WRC 5
Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 68.22%,[4]
Metacritic 64/100[5]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 70
Game Informer 6/10
IGN 6
OPM (UK) 7/10
Gamer.no 40

WRC 5 was released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Xbox 360, PC and on 16 October 2015 it was released on Xbox One. It is the first installment on next generation consoles and was developed by Paris-based Kylotonn and edited by Bigben Interactive. WRC 5 is the official video game of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship, featuring cars and rallies from the 2015 season, including support categories, and a total of 400 km of stages. It is the first WRC game for eighth generation consoles. This game featured British indie rock band Bastille's song "Pompeii" in its intro. The game reached number 10 in the UK physical sales chart,[6] and number 10 in the downloads chart.[7]

WRC 6 (2016)[edit]

Main article: WRC 6

WRC 6 was released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on 7 October 2016. It is developed by Paris-based Kylotonn and edited by Bigben Interactive. WRC 6 is the official video game of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship, featuring cars and rallies from the 2016 season. The Toyota Yaris WRC Test car is available as a pre-order DLC.[8]

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