With less than a week to go until the launch of the latest sideways racing game WRC 3, new challenges and boss battles have been announced for the career mode. These boss modes have been created as special events where the goal is to master specific game mechanics which will only help you succeed in the world of rallying.

These challenges will include:

Drift Contest – where coloured posts are positioned along the road and the driver is awarded points to drift the car as near to them as possible.

Rally School Contest – The player has to race on a section of special stage trying to keep the car inside the cones.

Crash and Run – Negotiate a track whilst hitting the bonus points and avoiding the minus points.

Gate Contest – Reach the finish line avoiding obstacles along the track. Obstacles consist of a series of gates, some of them fake, which can be easily destroyed and others which are far thicker, slowing the car down when hit. Every gate has an indicator that shows if it’s a fake or not. However, the indicator is only activated when the player is very close, making it all about speed and reflexes.

Survival Contest – Your car will degrade and literally fall apart as the clock counts down, the only way to pass the challenge is to make it to the finish line before the timer expires.

Top Rally Contest – The player races through a special stage, driving to beat his opponent who is driving a ‘special vehicle’. Beat the vehicle to earn the highest points.

Combo Contest – Mixes two or more components from the other challenges.

There will also be boss battles – 7 in total – which will test the player’s abilities through a special head to head mode. They will have the chance to race against the boss driver of the track trying to reach the first position. This final stage race will allow access to the next track on the career mode.

The inclusion of these ‘Boss Battles’ is a risky move as it stands to potentially alienate hardcore rally fans in order to make the game more accessible for newer/less experienced players, but Milestone’s Game Director Sébastien Pellicano had this to say on the matter:

“This year we’ve decided to make WRC 3 more accessible to players who are new to the franchise, through a brand new career mode. We can assure hardcore gamers and rally fans that this won’t change the nature of the WRC license itself. Plus we strongly believe that these new contents will offer a more dynamic experience to all players who relish in the authenticity of WRC 3”.

Check out the screen shots and trailer of the new modes below.