Sébastien Loeb will go down as one of the greatest drivers, across any discipline, of all time. Nine times a WRC champion, a world touring car (WTCC) and rallycross (WorldRX) event winner, an X Games Gold Medallist, a Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record holder, a podium finisher at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and currently aiming to win the tortuous Dakar Rally.
He also had his own video game, entitled Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo, released in 2016. When he is talking, I listen.
This is exactly what I did during today’s Nacon Connect event where he was announced as the official spokesperson for the upcoming WRC 10.
In the game, there is a dedicated historical game mode, celebrating 50 years of the championship. You will be playing through various scenarios that have happened in the real-life WRC over the years, three of which feature Sébastien.
To highlight this partnership, a new trailer showcases two of the new challenges. The first of which is when he and co-driver Daniel Elena took their very first WRC victory, Germany 2002. Although, to be a WRC nerd for a second, in the trailer, that Citroën Xsara is a livery from the following years.
Next is the same car, driver and co-driver combination, but this time at Rally Sweden in 2004 where the team was the first-ever non-Scandinavian victors. This is followed by Spain in 2018, where the crew took their – at present – final WRC victory, this time using the Citroën C3.
WRC 10 launches on 2nd September 2021 for PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series and as a special-pre-order bonus, you will receive the epic blue and gold 1997 Subaru Impreza WRC driven by Colin McRae and an additional historical event.
From the brief image at the end of the trailer, it’s not clear if Colin’s name will adorn the car or not. If so, that would be the first time ever outside of a release made by Codemasters.