Lesquin, France, November 14, 2019 – After the commercial and critical success of the PC, PS4™ and Xbox One versions released on September the 5th, WRC 8 – the official game of the FIA World Rally Championship – arrives on Nintendo Switch™ today in Europe. Dubbed the new benchmark for rally games by fans and press alike, Nintendo Switch™ owners can now get behind the wheel and feel all the adrenaline of rally driving.
With all-new car and surface physics, as well as unique dynamic weather conditions for each country, WRC 8 is an overhaul that provides players with true simulation-based gameplay.
Deeper than ever, it currently features 52 international rally teams, 100 special stages across 14 countries, and a selection of classic rally cars that are legends of WRC history. The Career mode has been rebuilt from the ground up to create even greater immersion. It puts the player in the shoes of a rally driver and manager who must progress over the course of several seasons to compete in the WRC category and become world champion. As part of a team, players must plan their calendar, manage their crew, recruit new members and develop a strategy to reach the very top.
The eSports WRC Championship is the only one to mirror the real-life series. This year, nine world finalists went head to head in the Service Park at Wales Rally GB in Llandudno. The French driver Lohan "NEXL" Blanc was ultimately victorious on 5 October and drove away with a Hyundai i20. He also tried the Nintendo Switch™ version of the game as co-driver to Dani Sordo at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España.
The eSports WRC championship will return in 2020. Weekly challenges offer a chance for players to compete against each other and test their skills. And the race to the 2020 world final will begin during Rallye Monte-Carlo in January 2020.
WRC 8 is now available on PC, Xbox One, PS4TM and Nintendo Switch™ in Europe and on November 19th in North America.
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Created in 2006, Kylotonn is one the most important French video game development studios, also known under KT Racing label. Specialized in motorsports and official developer of the WRC FIA World Rally Championship series and Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, the company is internationally recognized for its know-how and for the passion of its teams. With more than 100 employees as of today in Paris and Lyon, Kylotonn has developed more than 25 titles distributed by major publishers. Kylotonn has forged itself a strong technological expertise thanks to the real-time 3D engine KT Engine that the company owns. At the forefront of the video game industry, this technology is also used within R&D partnerships on autonomous vehicle projects in the automotive industry. Since 2018, Bigben Interactive, one of Europe's leading video game publishers, holds a 100% stake in the company. Kylotonn is member of the French National Developers Federation (Syndicat National du Jeu Vidéo) and Capital Games. The company is supported by BPI, IFCIC and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
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About WRC Promoter GmbH
WRC Promoter GmbH is responsible for all commercial aspects of the FIA World Rally Championship, including TV production and the marketing of global media and sponsorship rights. The Promoter also has responsibility to increase the field of participants and to propose the venues that form the FIA WRC calendar.
The World Rally Championship is the FIA’s premium rally series. WRC showcases authentic motorsport, high performance cars and the world’s best drivers competing in dramatic surroundings ranging from the ice and snow of Scandinavia to the blistering heat of Mexico. Established in its current format in 1973, WRC participants battle for the drivers’ and manufacturers’ world titles at 14 rallies spanning 16 countries and five continents. Additional championship information can be found at www.wrc.com and www.wrcplus.com