New rumors about the upcoming sequel to Codemasters’ Dirt Rally 2.0 have surfaced via Insider Gaming, and much of what we at Gamereactor have revealed in the past is true, according to this rumour.
Apparently, Codemasters has created a detailed and rich system for WRC 23 to build our own rally car, and in great detail too. The player will choose the underbody, the transmission, the damping, the gearbox, the engine, the cooling and then decide the appearance of the car through a styling tool that will allow us to choose the hood, front and rear bumpers, etc. . Based on this information, we will also be able to choose the seat inside the car, the steering wheel, the indicators and the paint. All of these parts will be purchased with in-game currency, and the new ones will of course be more expensive than the better used ones, indicating that we will most likely be able to sell our parts online, to other players, which leads us to think that at Codemasters they are about to introduce microtransactions in the world of rally games, but of course, we don’t know that, we just guess.
Furthermore, new leaked information has revealed what we have been saying for almost a year now, that EA Sports WRC 23 will not be based on Unreal Engine 5 as many believed, since Codemasters is looking for developers used to working with Epic’s game engine through its own website. When Codemasters decided last fall to “stop” the development of Dirt Rally 3.0, which was almost finished, they decided, according to various sources, to use 90% of what was done for that game in WRC 23, in part to save time, for Of course, but also because EA wants the first licensed WRC game to come out next year when licensing starts, which would never have been possible if they started from scratch with a completely new game engine. So WRC 23 will most likely be Dirt Rally 3.0 and based on the same engine as Dirt Rally 2.0 with the same basic physics system, plus the new hybrid cars from the 2021 WRC season.
We’ve also learned that EA Sports WRC 2023 will feature a whopping 16 different car classes and eight new rallies (across eight countries). Among the new car classes that will be included in Dirt Rally 2.0, we will find WRC, WRC2, F2 Kitcar and H1 FWD, among others. On January 1, 2023, the license will go to Codemasters and Electronic Arts, while KT Games will say goodbye, so we expect an announcement from EA then.