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Codemasters has secured the official WRC licence

Five year deal kicks off in 2023.

Codemasters, creators of the beloved Colin McRae Rally series and the critically acclaimed Dirt Rally games, has secured the official WRC licence from 2023 (as reported by GI.biz), with a deal that currently runs through to 2027.

It does mean there'll be quite some time until we see the fruits of the deal, with a new game from the Dirt Rally team due before the deal commences, and with Dirt 5 also on the slate after its reveal earlier this year. Bigben Interactive continues to hold the licence and will carry on producing games in the meantime, with this year's WRC 9 set to continue developer Kylotonn's impressive run on the series.

The last Codemasters' game to carry the official WRC licence was Colin McRae Rally 3 back in 2002, whereupon it was picked up by Evolution Studios for a run of PS2-exclusive titles before Milestone stepped in.

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