Bigben Interactive and Kylotonn Games, the developers behind
the most recent entries in the WRC franchise and TT Isle of
Man: Ride on the Edge, have announced V-Rally 4 for Xbox One, PlayStation
4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
It will launch in September and will be the first new entry
in the V-Rally series since V-Rally 3, which launched for the PlayStation 2,
Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and PC in 2002 and 2003.
V-Rally 4 invites players to “experience the extreme
sensations of the most insane races” across 50 models of rally and extreme
motorsport vehicles. Players will be able to collect, upgrade, and customize
their favourite cars, three of which can be seen in today’s debut trailer – a Porsche
911 Safari, a Ford Mustang, and a Ford Fiesta RS RX.
V-Rally was first released in 1997 on the PlayStation 1,
which at the time, revolutionized the rally genre with its three distinct game
modes and a selection of real-world vehicles and famous tracks. V-Rally 2
released in 1999 and is fondly remembered by fans for its distinct track
editor, but it wasn’t until V-Rally 3 released some years later on the PlayStation
2 that the franchise became a real success, introducing a career mode with decisive
team choices and an even more tracks to race on.
V-Rally 4 aims to remain faithful to the franchise’s
identity, striking a perfect balance between sensation, presentation, and
simulation, while offering the best graphics and gameplay the latest PC and
console technology can support. Kylotonn Games also has some heritage with the series
too, with Alain Jarniou, who worked on V-Rally 3 on the PlayStation 2 talking the
helm as Game Director for V-Rally 4.
“It’s a real privilege for me to once again work on the
V-Rally series,” Jarniou said. “It’s an extraordinary title that I have a very
special connection to. I had a chance to join the team that created V-Rally to develop
V-Rally 3 on the PlayStation 2 as a programmer. I’m very proud to be working on
the franchise again 15 years later.”
V-Rally 4 will take players from Africa to Sequoia Park and
Japan across its various Rally
stages as drivers travel the world and compete on difficult tracks in extreme
conditions, such as snow, ice, and mud. Extreme-Khana
requires you to be the master of precision and drifting on these tracks full of
Leave your opponents in the dust in V-Rally Cross across dirt and asphalt tracks and take on seven
expert adversaries. Buggy will see
you hop into an all-terrain vehicle to win the race on these particularly
rugged tracks, whilst Hillclimb will
see you race to the top behind the wheel of powerful cars.
Popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the V-Rally
series was developed by the former Test Drive team at Eden Games. The franchise
has remained dormant for the last 15 years. In December 2016, Bigben Interactive
acquired the Test Drive Unlimited IP from its former owner, Atari, and confirmed
a new entry in the series is in development. It looks like the V-Rally series
was also part of that transition, given the fact it was also created by Eden
Games – the team who is now primarily focused on the Gear.Club titles on
Nintendo Switch and mobile.
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