WRC official in North America
Bam! Entertainment announced today that it will be the publisher to bring WRC: World Rally Championship to North America. The release will occur this March, as development is being covered by Evolution Studios. WRC offers more than 70 tracks, all of which appear in the 2002 FIA WRC.
The game features several key features including:
- Fully modeled 3D cockpits and cars
- Satellite-based terrain
- Photo realistic, massively populated environments and draw distance
- Realistic weather conditions
- Fully animated driver and co-driver
- Deformation and damage to car and progressive mud, dirt, dust damage on vehicles
- Full 10 degrees of freedom physics driving model
"We feel that BAM! is the ideal publisher to bring WRC: World Rally Championship to the U.S. market," said Michael Denny, director of external development, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. "BAM!'s knowledge of the North American market and its reputation of distributing solid licensed products made them the right choice to get this great game in front of an even greater audience of PlayStation 2 fans."
"With the critical acclaim that WRC: World Rally Championship has received since its launch in Europe, it would be a disservice not to bring it to the American market," said Bernard Stolar, President and Chief Operating Officer of BAM! Entertainment. "The team at Evolution Studios has put its heart and soul into creating one of the most outstanding rally racing games available on PlayStation 2."
"The World Rally Championship is already reaching millions of fans around the world via a wealth of media platforms," said David Richards, chairman of International Sportsworld Communicators. "The PlayStation 2 WRC game is a critical part of our strategy to bring the true drama and diversity of the real championship to a new audience. We are delighted BAM! shares our enthusiasm for bringing the unique WRC experience to gamers across North America."
"I think American race fans will come to love World Rally Championship racing, and SPEED Channel is the only place to see it," said David Hill, Chairman, Fox Sports Networks. "Besides being great TV, I'm sure the excitement and action of World Rally will no doubt make a thoroughly enjoyable game to play on PlayStation 2."
2/26/2002 Matt Stensrud