WRC 3, third edition of the official WRC video game, announced for October 2012 release

30 th March 2012, Milan – Leading Italian developer Milestone confirmed today that WRC 3 , the official video game of the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), is set for release in October 2012. Developed by Milestone, WRC 3 marks a radical departure from the previous titles and sees the team using a completely new graphics and game engine, developed in-house, in order to bring the 2012 WRC drivers and teams to players on all relevant gaming platforms.

WRC 3 features all the rallies in the 2012 WRC calendar, complete with all leading WRC teams and drivers in the revamped career mode.  WRC 3 also features a brand new graphics engine, called Spikengine, allowing Milestone to accurately model lighting, particle effects and other real-world characteristics to create an in-game virtual reality, offering complete immersion in the WRC universe. The cars themselves showcase new modelling techniques - they have never looked as life-like, or handled as realistically, as in WRC 3 .  Milestone has streamlined every aspect of the game to allow new players instant gameplay satisfaction, while still allowing experienced rally gamers to explore the game’s full range of features and drive a WRC car from the comfort of their own home.

As well as all this, the game has improved crowd effects, rebuilt stages and new cinematic introductions to each stage. WRC 3 features more than 50 official WRC teams, alongside Class 2 and Class 3 series. WRC 3 also offers amazing Super Special Stages.

Developed by Milestone, a renowned and established Italian software developer specialized in racing games, and published by Black Bean Games, WRC 3 is scheduled for release in October 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC, PlayStation®3 and PlayStation Vita®.

About Milestone

Founded in Milan in 1996, Milestone S.r.l. is the biggest Italian videogames developer and it is recognized worldwide as a leading Studio specialized in racing titles. In 2002 Milestone S.r.l. became part of the Leader Group. The company is unique in the Italian scenario thanks to an obsessive desire for quality combined with an elaborate attention to detail which have always been the trademarks and philosophy of the company. SBK® Superbike World Championship series and the official game of the World Rally Championship, both published by Black Bean Games, represent two clear examples. The team is currently working on MUD, the official videogame of the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship, scheduled for worldwide release in April 2012. For more information please visit www.milestone.it.

About WRC

Widely regarded as the most challenging motor sport competition in the world, the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) pits cars and drivers in a series of two, three or four-day events through some of the toughest, and most varied, conditions on the planet. The roads on this epic motor sport adventure range from the ice and snow of Scandinavia to the stifling heat of Greece – over surfaces including packed ice, smooth asphalt and boulder-strewn rocky tracks. Established in its current format in 1973, in 2012 drivers and manufacturers – including Citroën, Ford, MINI  and VW- will battle  for the annual driver and manufacturer championship trophies on rallies spread across 13 countries. For more information about the WRC visit www.wrc.com

About Black Bean Games

Founded in 2004, Black Bean Games is the videogame publishing arm of Leader SPA. Leveraging over 25 years of market expertise and knowledge, Black Bean Games relies on a global publishing strategy of original IPs and strong licenses to create unique videogame experiences for all videogame consoles and PC. The philosophy adopted by Black Bean Games focuses its releases in two genres: Racing and Family & Lifestyle. The 2012 line-up has International appeal thanks to powerful IPs based on prestigious licenses such as the exclusive WRC World Rally Championship and MUD - FIM Motocross World Championship. For further information about Black Bean Games and its products please visit www.blackbeangames.com.

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