WRC Hands-On

Italian developer Milestone is taking on the official World Rally Championship game, and we got to play it for the first time at E3 2010.

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Since it last appeared in 2006 on the PlayStation Portable, the World Rally Championship hasn't been represented in video game form for quite some time. Now, developer Milestone of SBK fame is stepping up with a new game for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. We got to play it at E3 2010 for the first time, as well as meet the developer behind the game.

It's clear that Milestone's take on the World Rally Championship is very much based in simulation territory. The game will boast more than 40 different surfaces, all of which will have an effect on your car's performance. A full damage model will also see bumpers, bonnets, and doors crumpling before internal components such as radiators begin to give in. However, like in Milestone's other games, you can tweak all aspects of the difficulty, making the physics engine less punishing and adding more driving aids if you find things too challenging.

Milestone has been busy dispatching artists and photographers around the world to capture the World Rally Championship's 2010 circuits. Sebastien Loeb’s home region of Alsace will be represented for the first time in a game, reflecting the course's appearance in this year's championship. The developer has also captured co-driver commentary in five different languages and in both male and female varieties. We found that they even scream when you crash the car, as we did multiple times during our hands-on.

The single-player career mode will see you rising up through the ranks, joining a team, and securing a sponsor. The online career will be structured in a similar way, with race points contributing to your position on the leaderboard. The multiplayer mode will feature support for up to 16 players, but in the rallying tradition, there will be no collisions. Offline, the same ethos means that there will be no split-screen, but there will be a hotseat mode that will let you compete on the same track in quick succession. Time attack mode will also let you upload and download ghost data, which will allow you to compete with and learn from the best players in the world.

WRC is currently about 75 percent complete and will be available in September on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. We'll keep an eye on its development and bring you more on the game when we have it.

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