Due to KT Racing’s World Rally Championship licence ending in December 2022, the portable WRC Generations version will launch at least three months earlier.
WRC Generations will launch earlier than ever before on the Nintendo Switch, due in part to licencing agreements expiring Traxion.GG has learnt.
Historically, developer Kylotonn has released the diminutive version several months later than the home console and PC editions. There was a six-month gap for WRC 9, for example, and WRC 10 on Switch actually launched this year in March, also half a year behind the bigger siblings.
“We have to release all the WRC projects before the end of the year,” said Sébastien Waxin, Senior Marketing Project Manager for Nacon’s racing titles to Traxion.GG.
“The Switch version will be by the end of the year.”
When asked if this is due to the licence expiring, Waxin responded: “Exactly.”
“We don’t have a date yet, but Switch will launch before Christmas.”
The end result will be two official WRC games for the Nintendo device launching within the same year. Generations will feature the current real-world season’s Rally1 hybrid machines from M-Sport Ford, Toyota and Hyundai, plus all-new Swedish stages and 21 total environments.
The Parisian studio first worked on a WRC game in 2015 and has launched a game each year since then. WRC Generations will be its final project based on the championship, however, as the licence will switch to Electronic Arts and Codemasters from 2023 onwards.