Milestone have been giving us a steady stream of quality rallying titles throughout this generation and have kept the focus on traditional rallying while Codemasters have been distracted by an X-games feel over the last few years. WRC 4, or WRC: FIA World Rally Championship 4 to give it its unnecessarily cluttered full name, will be published by Bigben Interactive rather than Black Bean Games in October.
Coming to PS3, 360, PC and Vita once again, you can expect all of the official teams, drivers and event locations. There's no mention of new features yet, or even a trailer, images or a logo for that matter, but a brand new career mode has been promised which hopefully means they're scrapping the two career modes from the last game and will re-incorporate elements from the second game where you were able to build your own pit team in RPG-lite fashion.
Luisa Bixio, Marketing and Sales Director said:
“We’re really happy to be part of this exciting WRC 4 announcement and all the news included into the 2013 version of the game. This brand new chapter, different from the previous reboot of the series, will include many of the improvements requested by the community. A lot of the features that we’ve seen on the official Facebook page or received by mail have been incorporated. We’re convinced that WRC 4 represents a step forward for the series and will be appreciated by players.”
WRC 3 was a graphical step up from its predecessor, but there's still plenty of room for some extra eye candy with the next game. I've been fairly impressed with the series' handling throughout, so I don't expect them to go back to the drawing board there at all. We'll be sure to bring you more details as we get them.