F1 2014 has finally been announced, and not without a few surprises. It has been revealed today that F1 2014 will be released on October 17th for XB360, PS3 and PC, with a Next-Gen F1 2015 to be launched earlier in 2015.
But it’s F1 2015 that’s going to form the sea change in F1 game production. With the new formats offering improved graphics, besides increased memory for physics and audio, we’ll also see the move to an earlier launch date in the F1 season. The press release states that “players will receive digital updates for the game as the 2015 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ unfolds”. This adds yet another exciting new element, but it's fraught with challenges. The logistics behind creating and approving these updates will be significant.
Regarding F1 development, Creative Director: Steve Hood commented: “This is the year it all changes – for the sport and for the game.”
"There’s been a dramatic shift in the sport; the largest shake up in the rules and regulations for a very long time and the new power units provide a very different kind of challenge, for both driver and team. By delivering all of these changes, F1 2014 will make for an exciting and refreshingly different experience," he continued. Additionally, with the new driver evaluation system analysing each player’s skill level and suggesting appropriate game settings, plus re-graded difficulty levels including a brand new Very Easy setting, we aim to deliver a thoroughly rewarding F1 experience for players of all abilities, from the novice to the seasoned pro.”
“Our title for the new generation formats will mark a huge step forward for the F1 series. We want to be out there earlier in the season and deliver new season content updates digitally as the 2015 season progresses; it’s very exciting for the series and our players,” he concluded.
So F1 games will continue to evolve and while the XB360 and PS3 version may have reached the maximum of their ability the future looks good. F1 games are looking and playing better than ever, Codemasters have risen to the challenge of producing an annualF1 title and continue to improve and innovate. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the development of both titles over the coming months and you can look forward to some exclusive F1 2014 gameplay soon but in the meantime, check out the first official announcement trailer below.