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Rennes, January 27, 2016  — Thrustmaster is eagerly awaiting the impending launch (on January 29) of the brand-new racing title developed by Milestone S.r.l.: Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO! This game represents an ideal occasion for fans of the worldwide gaming wheels leader to conquer new driving challenges with Thrustmaster’s perfectly-tailored racing ecosystem.

A highly specific approach

In the world of virtual racing, rally games are a distinct family unto themselves: they require very particular specificities and expertise, both in terms of game development and with regard to gamers’ driving abilities. In order to ensure the best possible result, Milestone’s studios decided to collaborate with the undisputed leader in this category: Sébastien Loeb, the nine-time World Rally Championship winner! This all-star pairing has resulted in a game development process guided by the quest for realism and immersion, with regular validation stages by Sébastien Loeb himself – and the champ has taken these opportunities to provide extremely specific advice to the teams involved. Thrustmaster, for whom realism and total gaming immersion are constant preoccupations, has been proud to lend its support to this groundbreaking project as well.


Natural synergies
“In Milestone’s teams, we’ve seen an approach focused on striking the perfect balance between realism and driving sensations for fans of rally racing and of Sébastien Loeb,” explains Gilles Raulet, Thrustmaster’s Development Director. “It’s been a pleasure for us to provide our support on this great project.”

Luisa Bixio, V.P. at Milestone, echoes these sentiments. “The interactions between our development teams and Thrustmaster’s have been productive and positive, and will continue after the launch event as well,” notes Bixio. “Using a Thrustmaster racing wheel in Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO is an undeniable asset in terms of living the rally competition experience even more intensely. The game has been designed to be enjoyable with racing wheels, and that’s the reason why we’ve decided to make it compatible with all peripherals available from Thrustmaster.”

Building on this successful collaboration, a variety of media-related activities are scheduled for the launch of Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO, in order to promote the game to racing fans on PS4™, Xbox One® and PC using wheels from Thrustmaster’s racing ecosystem. The kickoff will feature Thrustmaster hardware for the opening night event on the Champs-Élysées.