With the release of World Rally Championship 5 (WRC5) on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 set for October this year, publisher Bigben Interactive and the FIA WRC itself have announced that when the next season of its famous rally driving competition starts in January next year, every round will also have a simultaneous eSports event played in WRC5 alongside it.
Alain Jarniou, Game Director for WRC5, had this to say on the arrangement:
A great online experience is one of the most requested features expected by WRC fans. We spent a lot of time thinking about something new and really exciting for them. Sports is growing really fast year after year, but there are only a few motorsport games which propose an exciting online competition. We really think that WRC esports will be the best challenge ever seen for a motorsport game and for rally fans.
It’s definitely a novel idea, though of course we’ll have to wait until next year to see how things turn out. Whatever the case, it’s going to be a full-on rally bonanza!
The official WRC gaming Facebook page can be found here.