Aiming for a September 2020 release.
WRC 9 logo

Nacon (formerly Bigben) and KT Racing announced that WRC 9, the official video game of the FIA World Rally Championship, is in development for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (Epic Games Store). It's targeting a release date of September 3, 2020 for these platforms, with a Nintendo Switch release coming later.

Perhaps the more exciting announcement here is that WRC 9 is also being developed for the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5. Unfortunately, there are no additional details to share on this version of the game just yet. The studios promise to release more details about the next-gen experience "in the coming months."

Nacon and KT Racing also revealed today that they have been successful in continuing their license agreement with WRC Promoter through to 2022. This means that they will continue to be labeled as the "official video game of the FIA World Rally Championship" for both WRC 10 and WRC 11. I guess this is also their way of announcing that they are eventually going to make and release WRC 10 and WRC 11 over the next couple of years.

For those that enjoyed WRC 8, there will be even more to love in WRC 9. This includes things like new team upgrade opportunities, enhanced gameplay mechanics, and a wider variety of events. There will also be a "stronger link to what the real-world championship teams are doing throughout the year."

Three new events have been added to the racing calendar in WRC 9. These include the Safari Rally in Kenya, Rally Japan, and Rally New Zealand. There are also "two other rallies with completely redesigned environments" mentioned, though they did not specify what those were.

Continuing on their push for more realism, WRC 9 will push for more realistic car physics. This includes changes to the physics model for suspensions, braking, and mass transfer. The developer says that "this attention to detail faithfully reproduces the vehicles' responsiveness on all surfaces and in all conditions found in the real championship. A special focus on sound also provides deeper immersion."

While the game was announced today, there doesn't seem to be any actual media from the game itself. There's a logo, which you saw above, and an announcement trailer that is just some real-life stuff. So uh, enjoy?

In WRC 9, players are thrust into the heart of the new FIA World Rally Championship season with all content in the yearly calendar and much more:
  • 3 new rallies: Japan, New Zealand, Kenya
  • Over 50 official teams and their livery from the WRC, WRC 2, WRC 3 and Junior WRC
  • Over 15 bonus cars that have left their mark on the history of the WRC