EA Sports WRC is the official racing game for the FIA World Rally Championship, which was announced on 5th September 2023 by its developer, Codemasters. As the studio behind the DIRT, F1, and GRID franchises, the studio aims to bring the “next-generation rally game” for avid rally fans and players to console and PC.
As for when players can expect to start their engines to compete with other players online, the launch day platforms and pre-order details. We'll discuss everything about EA Sports WRC, including its official release date, platforms, pre-ordering details, and more ahead of the game's launch later this year.
14th November 2023 Update: This guide reflects the release of EA Sports WRC for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the EA app for Windows, Epic Games Store, and Steam as of 3rd November 2023. The original reporting continues below.
EA Sports WRC Release Date & Launch Platforms
EA Sports WRC will be racing onto console and PC on 3rd November 2023 for those looking to challenge themselves and the various terrains worldwide. EA Sports WRC will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the EA app for Windows, Epic Games Store, and Steam for $49,99 | £44,99.
Each platform will have a different car gracing the cover key art for EA Sports WRC, with the Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 on the cover for the PS5 version and the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 on the Xbox Series X|S edition. Lastly, PC players will have the Ford Puma Rally1 on the game's PC version as their cover car.
EA Sports WRC Pre-Order Details & Early Access
Additionally, EA Sports WRC is available for pre-order; however, the game will launch one edition, the Standard Edition, for all available platforms. Nevertheless, players can pre-order the game for their preferred platform, and they’ll be able to receive bonus content when the game launches.
One of the included bonus content players will receive if they pre-order their digital copy of EA Sports WRC is early access to the game. This Early Access period will be available from 31st October 2023 for three days before the game launches globally on console and PC.
They’ll also have access to three Team Livery and Apparel packs for Ford, Hyundai, and Toyota Gazoo Racing to use in-game. Lastly, they’ll have access to five VIP Passes, granting them access to additional items and in-game seasonal content when made available.
EA Sports WRC Game Modes & Features
While more information regarding the new game modes and features has yet to be unveiled by the developer, we know of a few new game modes, including the Builder mode, to be included with the base game. This mode lets drivers build their dream rally car from the chassis to the car’s body shell, the engine, and mechanical parts to the interiors.
Additionally, they can put that “final touch’ on their rally car by visiting the Livery Editor, where they can use stock manufacturer liveries or create custom ones for their car. Lastly, they can take their car onto the tracks to test its performance and fine-tune various adjustments before submitting a driver and the car into Championship tournaments to battle test against the best drivers.
The developer has also confirmed that EA Sports WRC will support cross-platform multiplayer sessions at launch. Players can race against their friends and other players online in 32-player lobbies, with Clubs serving as the game’s community hub, which hosts various club tournaments for players to participate in.
Lastly, Moments is a unique game mode in which players can relive pivotal moments in the history of the FIA World Rally Championship. They’ll be able to reenact these moments from the 2023 season to its archival events, which will be updated and refreshed daily.