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Dirt Rally publisher secure official World Rally Championship license

Published: 12:22, 01 June 2020
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Codemasters will release first WRC game in 2023

Codemasters have secured the official World Rally Championship (WRC) licence for five seasons and will start releasing annual WRC games from 2023 up to 2027.

British video game developers and publishers Codemasters, better known for their racing simulation series such as F1 and Dirt have officially secured the rights for World Rally Championship (WRC) licence. This means that Codemasters will now develop WRC games and also host WRC esports tournaments.

However, it will take some time before the first WRC game from Codemasters arrives. The current licence holders Bigben Interactive will still work on annual releases until 2023 when Codemasters are set to take over and release five annual games until 2027. 

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As you may know, recent WRC games failed to meet expectations and have always been in the shadow of Codemasters' creations. Hopefully, the new partnership will bring us some exciting WRC titles, which is certainly something that the franchise and rally fans deserve.

Codemasters are currently working on F1 2020 game, which they already announced and showcased earlier this year. The game is set to release on July 7 2020 for PC, PS4, Xbox One and for the first time ever Google Stadia.

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The developer also announced another instalment in their off-road series - Dirt 5. The game was revealed at Inside Xbox event and will support up to 120 FPS on Microsoft's console.

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