EA Sports WRC Stops working on Leap Day

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EA Sports Titles Stop Working Due to Leap Day 2024

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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EA Sports WRC stopped working on consoles on 29th February due to it being Leap Day.
Following this, Electronic Arts provided a fix for those affected.

World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rally racing video game series. It is currently developed by Codemasters and published by EA Sports. As of now, there are a total of seventeen main games that have been released and the latest one was released on 3rd November 2023.

The game also has longer, more detailed stages than previously possible and has 18 official FIA World Rally Championship locations. EA Sports WRC also boasts 10 current WRC, WRC2, and Junior WRC vehicles and 68 of the most iconic rally cars spanning 60 years of the sport.

However, in a strange occurrence, on 29th February, EA Sports WRC seemingly stopped working due to it being a Leap Year. Following this, EA had to address it and make a statement on how players can fix this issue.


EA Sports WRC Stops Working on 29th February

On 29th February, EA Sports WRC completely stopped working on consoles due to it being a Leap Day. WRC players realized that the game was not working and this caused EA made an official statement on its Twitter handle.

The EA Help Twitter wrote, "Hello #EASPORTSWRC players, we are aware of an issue on console in which the game may crash on startup. This is currently being investigated and will be fixed as soon as possible."

As a work around, it gave certain steps to follow for WRC players:

For PlayStation players:

  • Players were asked to open their console, go to Settings > System > Date and Time > Set Date and Time > Set Manually.

  • Change the date to March 1, 2024.

  • Once this change has been done, the game should function normally.

For Xbox players:

  • On the console, go to Settings > General > Network Settings > Go Offline

  • Reboot the console.

  • Go to Settings > System > Time

  • Change the date to March 1, 2024

  • Reboot the console.

  • Once this change has been done, the game should function normally, however you must continue to play offline.


While this work around seemingly solved the problem, it was a bizarre that a change in a calendar date would cause a game to stop working or crash completely. While it is still very unclear why it happened, EA did confirm that an investigation was underway to understand the issue at hand.


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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.

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