NACON and Toyota Motor Europe (TME) are pleased to announce the upcoming arrival of the Toyota GR Yaris Concept in WRC 9, the official video game of the FIA World Rally Championship. This brand-new vehicle, derived from the GR Yaris road car and fully optimized for the competition, will join WRC 9’s roster next December, along with the second free update to be deployed on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and the Epic Games Store for PC. This update will also be available on next-generation consoles at a later date.
NACON was able to work with Toyota GAZOO Racing, official sponsor of the eSports WRC season, to give WRC 9 players the chance to sit behind the wheel of the all-new GR Yaris Rally Concept. Based on the well-known GR Yaris, this new ultra-high-performance model integrates all the cutting-edge technologies developed by Toyota for the WRC, including four-wheel drive for superior handling on roads. Specially designed for competitions, it has been faithfully reproduced in WRC 9 for fans to enjoy an authentic experience.
Much more than a simple car, the GR Yaris is the culmination of Toyota’s experience in WRC racing. Development of the car benefited from the combined expertise of Toyota GAZOO Racing and feedback from some of the WRC’s top drivers. The team and its Yaris WRC, which won of the Manufacturer’s title in the 2018 season, is already a fan favorite. And rally car enthusiasts can now take the wheel of the GR Yaris Rally Concept for the first time in a video game!
December’s update: more new contents!
Highly anticipated by the fan community, WRC 9 gets even closer to the realism of the Championship with the upcoming inclusion of the all-new Co-driver mode, which allows two online players to race in the same car. The co-driver provides the rally pacenotes – including details on the route, bends and hazards – with complete immersion thanks to the integrated voice chat. In this co-op mode where synchronization and communication are key to victory, players can truly step into the shoes of the sport’s top partnerships.
Further expanding the amount of content available, Rally Portugal will have 6 new special stages to compete in. With tracks that alternate between forests, villages and wide-open spaces with breath-taking landscapes, there are many more hours of new challenges for players of WRC 9. Finally, a new livery for the Citroën C3 WRC joins the list of WRC 9 teams: Pirelli Tyre Team, with Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jaeger, who have been performing tests for the manufacturer before it returns as the official WRC tyre supplier in 2021.