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V-Rally 4 announced for PS4 as its director reveals the 21 year journey behind the classic series’ return

The vintage racing franchise is back and, as its creator explains, it's in good hands

It’s a real privilege for me to work on the V-Rally series. It’s an extraordinary title that I have a very special connection to. Back in the age of the original PlayStation, V-Rally was the very first game I bought for my brand-new console.

The journey from V-Rally player to V-Rally creator

I was 16, and I was following the advice of a salesperson who I had asked “what is the best game right now on the PS1?”, without specifying that I was looking for a car-racing game. Without even hesitating, he recommended V-Rally. The graphics were incredible for the time, and really pushed the capabilities of the console.

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The content, in terms of the number of cars and countries, was also very impressive for the time. But above all, V-Rally quickly established its own style: nervous, quickly accessible, but all the same very demanding if you wanted to be one of the best players.

Afterwards, I had a chance to join the team that created V-Rally to develop V-Rally 3 on the PlayStation 2. I was a programmer then, and I worked on the career mode in particular. V-Rally 3 knew how to capitalize on the core ideas of the title: very advanced graphics (for the PS2) and a demanding racing experience.

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That opus also offered an enthralling career mode. It let the player embody a professional driver. Besides getting good results in the race, the player had to sign contracts with teams and handle rivalries with other racers.

This career mode, which opened up new aspects of competition, created a precedent in the world of car-racing games.

I remember that, while developing V-Rally 3, we even went all the way to Italy to see the Rallye Sanremo.

It was part of the World Rally Championship back then (and that year was won by a Frenchman). It was a real shock! Seeing (and especially hearing) those cars just a few meters away was a unique experience.

 

From the side of the road, their speed and agility is a spectacular sight. You really had a physical sense of their presence there on the starting line. Rally racing is an extraordinary discipline, near the public, which instantly arouses a passion for this type of competition. Today, we have the chance to work on the new opus: V-Rally 4.

The return of V-Rally to PS4

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At Kylotonn, we’ve acquired solid experience with racing games, particularly with rally racing in recent years, with games such as WRC 5, WRC 6, and WRC 7, which have all been praised by critics and players alike for their realism.

We’ve cultivated a precious expertise in this very specific, demanding, and passionate discipline. It’s a very precise blend of level design that reproduces the complexity and diversity of the environments and realistic and addictive car physics. It’s because of this experience, and the desire to constantly raise the bar even higher while respecting the identity of the title, that we could rise to the challenge of V-Rally 4.

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It’s very exciting to dedicate our expertise to such a prestigious title. In a V-Rally title, the range of possibilities translates into an always more spectacular and diverse racing experience.

Because of that, we were able to chose the most iconic environments and offer extreme racing conditions and a precise and realistic level design, all while respecting the conventions of each discipline represented.

Rally racing of course has an important place in this new work. Modern vehicles bump fenders with historic vehicles in the special stages, whose tracks change each year, just like in real life.

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But rally racing isn’t the only discipline present in V-Rally 4. In the spirit of V-Rally, we’re also offering a spectacular adventure through the off-roading world.

Also, the V-Rally Cross will enrich the competition with its very technical mixed tracks, even more powerful cars, and hyper-aggressive competitors, who won’t leave any room for mistakes.
The HillClimb and its powerful monsters, the buggies and their incomparable agility, and the Extreme-khana with a roster as varied as it is demanding will round out a unique and authentic gaming experience.

We designed V-Rally 4 to be the ultimate gaming experience encompassing all the most extreme car-racing disciplines, in the most iconic environments, and with endlessly renewed competition, both offlline and online.

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SnakeEaterITA 13 March, 2018 @ 17:26
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Cool to see they announced V-Rally 5 4

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Absolutely loved V-Rally on PS1.

Any chance of really bringing this into the future by giving it full VR support like Driveclub?

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Came here to say this. I own a T300 and PlaySeat. This game is an instant buy with VR support. I won’t buy it without VR support.

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Yea, I have a T150 myself.

I should boot up DIRT Rally, I have a Pro now and I hear the quality is miles better in VR than the original model.

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V-Rally => VR…. it’s seem obvious? nope? Please Kylotonn, you know what to do…

VR is Vita all over again. So much promise yet failed to deliver the numbers so all but abandoned by Sony studios, next to non-existent 3rd party support, leaving an excellent but expensive indie platform. I’m glad my friend loaned me his for a month before he sold it on. Saved me squandering £300. With less than 3% of the PS4 userbase VR is going to die. Sell it whilst you can!

MiseryPrincess 13 March, 2018 @ 22:10
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To be fair, the Vita has sold over 7.5x better than VR.

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What’s that got to do with it?

And what promises? Sony has always maintained that they are plunging into the unknown with the PSVR, it is a new medium. And whatever some say, despite the timidity of AAA productions, the catalogue is excellent. In 20 years of gaming I have never bought so much game over such a short period (60), and above all the pleasure of discovery is there every time.

Of course, VR is still in its first stage, everything has yet to be built, but it is already very conclusive.

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Loved V-Rally back in the day. I just hope it’s up to the standard because PS4 isn’t short on rally games. There’s a market for a decent rally games just below the hardcore of Dirt Rally however. Dirt 4 sucks, WRC and Sebastian Loeb weren’t great IMO. Good luck with it!

I never played v rally is it a sim or arcade game. As this looks good but I’m only use arcade driving games

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It was most definitely arcade originally, man those cars bounced like balsa wood when they crashed. It was also excellent fun, and I seem to recall offered split screen racing.

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Cool thanks for the reply lad. I hope they keep it arcade as it looks so much fun.

MiseryPrincess 13 March, 2018 @ 22:08
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Hopefully there’s splitscreen. So many racing games come out now missing that basic feature.

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Please, don’t do a codemasters.

PSVR support? I’m not buying any flat games anymore.

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