Way before Wreckfest, and even before Ridge Racer Unbounded and FlatOut, there was Rally Trophy.
The first game by Bugbear Entertainment, a then small Finnish development startup, Rally Trophy released on PC in 2001 as a serious rival to the likes of V-Rally and Colin McRae Rally. It focussed on stage routes, with a co-driver, classic rally cars and an advanced damage model. The latter feature is something the company is still a pioneer in today.
Now, in November’s Tournament Update, you can play a stage and car inspired by that original game within the contemporary smash-em-up.
Following on from the recent Carmageddon content as a retro-infused addition, it includes a new version of an original Rally Trophy special stage set in the Russian countryside – free to all players. It will also be possible to drive the ~six-minute route in online multiplayer.
The Tournament mode will be updated to include a specific Rally Trophy challenge and there will be a Boomer RS bundle for sale using the in-game Fame currency, alongside a new Gremlin: Fiend reward bundle too.
This update continues a long line of regular free updates for Wreckfest throughout 2021, something almost unparalleled in racing videos games at present. Long may it continue. Now, I wonder what Bugbear has up its sleeves for the holiday season?