WRC 5 is coming, and it’s bringing with it a brand new engine.

The next generation of rally racer is bound for PlayStation Vita and other consoles this Fall, but it’s going to be looking a little different; WRC 5 has been announced, and it’s sporting a brand new engine and developer courtesy of Kylotonn Games.

Here’s the scoop on what their new engine – the Kt Engine HD – features;

  • A high end visual game engine supporting dynamic weather and dynamic day/night cycle, vehicle deformations, dirt, lens flare…
  • A level editor to create living, varied and realistic environments, alternating driving surfaces such as asphalt, gravel, snow…
  • A particles editor capable of simulating physics of dust volumes, smoke, dirt, water and snow projections…
  • A powerful physics engine providing detailed vehicle simulation allowing realistic handling, in any environment and on any driving surface.
  • Advanced damage model offering damage levels ranging from mild damage to complete destruction.
  • Replays mode with dynamic visualizations inspired by TV broadcasts.

In addition to the new engine, Kylotonn has been working with Sébastien Chardonnet (the 2013 FIA WRC 3 champion) during the concept and planning stages to deliver a game which combines driver, gamer and technical experience into something representative of the real thing.

Alain Jarniou (Game Director at Kylotonn Games) had this to say about the project;

“Our team of racing enthusiasts is developing new technical tools to offer a true rally simulator from scratch, […] [w]e are very proud and excited to work on a title dedicated to one of the most challenging and spectacular forms of motor sport.”

Sounding interesting so far? Take a look at some next-gen (likely PS4) teaser footage.

Are you excited to see WRC get a refresh from a new developer, or would you have preferred another Milestone release? Let us know in the comments!

  • Ian

    This is great news. I’ve been playing both WRC 3 and 4 over the last couple of days on my Vita and while I’ve been enjoying them very much there are a few things that could be done to improve them on the Vita. If the game looks ok and feels a little more solid frame rate wise while looking pretty nice I’ll be satisfied. If they manage to get anything like day/night and weather cycles like Driveclub in this game then I’ll be very impressed.

  • PizzaSlapper

    As awesome as it would be, I don’t expect most of these new additions to make it over to the Vita version

    • The engine is running on Vita, so while it may not look as advanced as its console counterpart, it’ll sure run like it.

  • Nonscpo

    I know this will be a dumb thing to complain about, but how on earth is a game about racing appropriate for 3 year old’s?

    • aros

      That’s not how age ratings are assessed. Racing obviously doesn’t include anything that would not be appropriate so it gets that rating even if a 3 year old would not be interested.

      • Nonscpo

        But a three year old shouldn’t be thinking about operating any kind of machinery. Wont anyone think of the children?

  • Buckybuckster

    I don’t even have 3 or 4 yet and I like rally racing. Will have to correct that in the near future. Glad to hear 5 is in development.

  • Lester Paredes

    While I have 4, and find it to be fun, I’d have preferred a racing game against opponents, not just their best times. Oh well.

    • Ian

      Sounds like a Rally game isn’t for you, since that’s pretty much what they are all about (racing the times). The Colin Mcrae series deviated from the format with the Dirt series but I was always personally far more of a fan of the point to point rally time trials so I’m glad these have picked up where the original CM games left off.

  • MG7317

    Not sure, I think Milestone did a good job with 3 and 4. But there were framerate issues and content wise 3 and 4 were pretty similar. Maybe it is a good idea to try something new.

    • aros

      4 added career mode I thought?

  • aros

    I like the sound of the new engine. I might pick this up if it reviews at 7+. Milestone seemed to do really small retail runs so the games hold a high price so hopefully this one reaches £15 new at some point as it’s not really my kind of game so not worth £30 to me.

  • leingod

    Not sure if this new engine will be a pro or con for the Vita version :/