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WRC3 – the official video game of the World Rally Championship will be released in the UK on 12th October on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Playstation Vita and PCLeading Italian developer Milestone has confirmed that WRC 3, the official video game of the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), is set for release in October 2012. Developed by Milestone, WRC 3 marks a radical departure from the previous titles and sees the team using a completely new graphics and game engine, developed in-house, in order to bring the 2012 WRC drivers and teams to players on all relevant gaming platforms.
The release of WRC3 takes the relationship between PQube and Italian developer and publisher Milestone to the next level following the successful recent releases of SBK Generations and MUD FIM Motocross World Championship.
CEO of PQube, Dave Pain commented,
Working with Milestone has been a fantastic experience as they have an unsurpassed passion for the racing genre and a talent for bringing this through in the design of their games. WRC3 takes this ethos to the next level and we were blown away from the first glimpse of the game we had earlier this year. The game has continued to be polished to perfection since then to become the must have racing title for 2012.WRC3 raises the bar for rally games, capitalising on the official WRC license it features more than 50 official teams from WRC, Class 2 and 3, more than 35 unique car models (including the brand new Volkswagen Polo R WRC test car, Renault Twingo R2 and the Proton Satria Neo S2000) plus all of the tracks from the 2012 championships as well as a completely new career mode.
WRC 3 features all the rallies in the 2012 WRC calendar, complete with all leading WRC teams and drivers in the revamped career mode. WRC 3 also features a brand new graphics engine, called Spikengine, allowing Milestone to accurately model lighting, particle effects and other real-world characteristics to create an in-game virtual reality, offering complete immersion in the WRC universe. The cars themselves showcase new modelling techniques - they have never looked as life-like, or handled as realistically, as in WRC 3. Milestone has streamlined every aspect of the game to allow new players instant gameplay satisfaction, while still allowing experienced rally gamers to explore the game’s full range of features and drive a WRC car from the comfort of their own home.
As well as all this, the game has improved crowd effects, rebuilt stages and new cinematic introductions to each stage. WRC 3 features more than 50 official WRC teams, alongside Class 2 and Class 3 series. WRC 3 also offers amazing Super Special Stages.
The graphics and physics engine in WRC3 has been completely rebuilt from the ground up. Specialist racing game developer Milestone has spent over 2 years creating the brand new “Spike” engine that effortlessly combines the brutal intensity of professional rally driving with the finesse of high precision racing.
Sébastien Pellicano, Milestone Game Director adds,
The game includes a totally renewed lighting effects system that guarantees higher in-game standards. The new engine, in fact, allows to model lighting, particle effects and other real-world characteristics to create an in-game virtual reality, offering complete immersion in the WRC universe. Furthermore, the cars themselves showcase new modelling techniques - they had never looked so realistic . We've streamlined every aspect of the game to give new players an instant gameplay satisfaction, while still allowing experienced rally gamers to explore the game’s full range of features and drive a WRC car from the comfort of their own home.Milestone have also listened to the feedback of the gaming community and re-imagined the career modes. There are now 3 distinct game modes:
The Road to Glory is an exciting blend of racing and management with RPG elements. Begin your career and play through as a new driver on the professional circuit – just as you would in real life. Customise your cars, liveries, team and also un-lock new items. It also features super special stages, rallies, challenges ( Drift contest, Top Rally Contest, Crash&Run etc), “boss” characters, tournaments and 1vs1 head to head elimination battles.
WRC Experience puts you in the driving seat of a professional rally driver during the 2012 World Rally Championships season. Choose from over 50 drivers (including top British Racer Matthew Wilson and current World Champion and rally phenom, Sebastian Loeb) and race all of the official tracks battling for pole position and the maximum number of points for each stage.
WRC Online is an exciting multiplayer game mode that allows players to race Single Stage, Single SSS, Single Rally or a whole Championship.