Codemasters Announces F1 2020 (Video)

If you’re getting tired of seeing bad news everyday, this bit of info might just cheer you up. Yesterday, Codemasters officially announced F1 2020 is coming in just a few months on July 10th. With so many things we’ve been looking forward to being delayed, I have to admit it feels pretty good to see someone confident enough to give a solid release date.

So, what’s new in F1 2020? A few things actually, but I’ll lead with what I think is the biggest new addition. For the first time, players can actually create their own F1 team to join the grid against the other 10 teams. Depending on how its executed, that could really add a whole lot to the game in terms of simulating the sport and business of F1.

If it turns out the way I think it might, then it could quite possibly be the most popular feature of an F1 game since Codemasters started on the series.

I would say the other significant bit of news isn’t exactly a new feature but a new way to play. Codemasters has announced that F1 2020 will be available on Google Stadia, Google’s cloud gaming service.

In case your unfamiliar, Google Stadia is a service that “streams” games to your devices over your connection without having to have a console. Which means games can be streamed directly to PC, TV, or a mobile phone. Yet the game will still run as if it were being played on a high end PC or console because all the heavy lifting is being done by computers on Google Stadia’s cloud servers.

I haven’t tried it out myself but if you’re curious Google is offering a 2-month free trial to Stadia Pro right now.

If cloud gaming isn’t your thing don’t worry, F1 2020 is still coming to PC, Xbox One & PS4.

The next new feature is local multiplayer mode via split screen. Though that is more “new-ish” than completely new as that feature was available in previous F1 games but makes its return in F1 2020. With more people gaming at home and together, split screen should be a welcomed feature, especially for people who may be dealing with spotty internet connections right now.

Two new circuits (Hanoi Circuit and Circuit Zandvoort) have been added to the track list and there are more season options available. Players can do a 10, 16, or a full 22 race season.

Formula 2 returns as well as classic F1 cars of which there are 16 of them spanning 1988 through 2010.

Finally, there will be a special Michael Schumacher Deluxe Edition of F1 2020 which comes included with Schumacher-themed multiplayer car liveries, helmets, race suits, podium celebration emote, and a Michael Schumacher driver model for players to use in career mode.

Additionally the Deluxe Edition comes with 4 of Schumacher’s most historic race cars including:

• 1991: Jordan 191
• 1994: Benetton B194
• 1995: Benetton B195
• 2000: Ferrari F1-2000

Deluxe edition car gallery:

I am looking forward to going hands on with this game based on what’s on the table. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to review this game and let you know how it all shakes out. For now, take a look at some of the cars on the roster by clicking the thumbnails in either of the galleries.

Gallery:

You can also watch the announce trailer and read the official press release below.

Codemasters F1 2020 announcement trailer:

Press Release:

BE THE ELEVENTH TEAM ON THE GRID IN F1 2020

Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of F1 with New Circuits, Split-Screen, and Michael Schumacher Deluxe Edition

Larkspur, Calif. (April 15, 2020) – Deep Silver and Codemasters ® today announced that F1 ®
2020, the official videogame of the 2020 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ™ , will
release worldwide on July 10, 2020 for the PlayStation ® 4, Xbox One and Xbox One X, PC, and
for the first time, Google Stadia. In the season where Lewis Hamilton can equal the World
Championship record of seven wins, Codemasters celebrates the career of the current
holder with a Michael Schumacher Deluxe Edition which comes with exclusive content and
three days of early access. The Announcement trailer can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdqZ6HZntIQ

In a series of firsts for the F1 franchise, F1 2020 offers My Team. This major new game mode
allows players to create their F1 team and take their place alongside the established 2020
line-up, with a new driver-manager experience offering a unique insight into the world of F1.
My Team and the well-established and critically acclaimed Career Mode will allow players
more flexibility with the choice of three season lengths. Players can choose from the original
full 22 race season, and shorter 10 and 16 race season options, which now includes Hanoi
Circuit and Circuit Zandvoort.

For social play with friends, two-player split-screen makes its welcome return alongside a
host of new options designed to help new players and adjust the F1 challenge to match their
expertise. These modes are in addition to the core F1 and F2 ™ racing experiences which
remain as challenging as ever for those who love the intensity of simulation racing.

Fans who purchase the F1 2020 Deluxe Schumacher Edition will get to drive as the legendary
German driver Michael Schumacher in four of his most iconic cars. Players will also receive
exclusive content including themed car liveries and driver customization items, including a
unique podium celebration. The four cars included in the F1 2020 Deluxe Schumacher
Edition are:

• 1991: Jordan 191
• 1994: Benetton B194
• 1995: Benetton B195
• 2000: Ferrari F1-2000

Additionally, to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Formula 1 itself, fans who pre-order or
purchase the F1 2020 Deluxe Schumacher Edition or the F1 2020: F1 Seventy Edition will
receive an exclusive set of in-game items. A Limited Edition F1 2020 Steelbook will also be
available in local markets via selected retailers.

“F1 2020 promises to be our biggest and most innovative title to date,” said Paul Jeal, F1
Franchise Director at Codemasters. “Our core players will welcome even greater gameplay
depth with the introduction of our brand new My Team feature, alongside three
customizable season lengths which allows them to pick their favorite tracks. In the year
where Lewis Hamilton is going for his seventh World Championship, we celebrate the
greatest F1 driver of all time with our Deluxe Schumacher Edition, which we know will prove
popular with our community.”

“As huge fans of F1, we continue to innovate and develop game modes that bring players even closer to the real-world sport,” said Lee Mather, F1 Game Director at Codemasters. “We’ve also added new modes to enable more casual players to get up to speed more easily, and we’ve brought back split-screen for social play with friends. The additions reduce both the difficulty and time barrier to entry while retaining the car handling that our simulation players love.”

For future news and details on all the new features follow Formula 1 game website and
social channels on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

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