One of the biggest new features coming to F1 2020 is the “My Team” mode which allows players to create their own F1 team from scratch and compete against the entire F1 grid.
Players will start by creating their own driver, team livery, and logo. Once the team identity is set, the player has to find their first title sponsor which will net them the cash to choose their engine supplier and call up a second driver from the 2019 F2 season.
From there as the team boss, players will have to deal with the media before revealing their car. In an interesting twist, the way players answer the media’s questions about the car can actually have an effect on how the car performs initially.
Beyond that players will have a hand in a myriad of off-track activity prior to every race weekend. Everything from trying to secure more funds, keeping the staff moral high, and even making sure the drivers are staying in shape. By the way when it comes to picking drivers, their ability and market value will be based on real data from the past 5 F1 and F2 seasons.
I can tell already that there is going to be high scrutiny of this new mode from many (myself included). There are so many factors in which execution will have to be on point to ensure the experience is a positive one. I am really looking forward to checking this mode out for myself. If Codemasters pulls this off I think it will easily become the most popular feature of F1 2020.
For now, you can check out some screenshots (just click the thumbnails) and watch the official trailer for My Team mode below. For more info you can check out the press release below as well. After you’ve soaked that all up, let me know what your thoughts on My Team mode in the comments or tag me in a tweet at @MotorworldHype.
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Create, Manage, Drive, Win in New F1 2020 My Team Game Mode
Take Your Place as the 11th Team and Win the World Championship
Larkspur, Calif. (June 15, 2020) – Codemasters® today takes its first deep-dive into My Team, the innovative new game feature in F1® 2020, the official videogame of the 2020 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™. The unique driver-manager experience allows players to get closer to the world of F1 by creating a team and taking their place as the 11th team on the grid alongside the established 2020 driver line-up.
Players begin by creating their own driver, a unique visual identity and brand for their team by picking a livery, creating their color scheme and setting a team logo. From here they’re responsible for signing their first key sponsor, which will fund the opportunity to sign a real power unit supplier and second driver from the 2019 F2™ grid. Starting in humble surroundings, players will have fewer resources and limited equipment. See facilities improve and grow to become a fully-fledged professional F1 team, challenging for the Drivers and Constructors’ Championships. There’s no room for inner-team driver rivalries when you’re also the team boss.
Before unveiling the new car, players will face the media to answer a series of questions ranging from car performance to race predictions. The responses have a direct impact on the initial strength of the car, so players must think about how they answer. Once finalized, the car is revealed to the world via a cinematic trailer.
Another key off-track focus is managing the team during the week. How players manage, allocate and use the time available will affect everything for the upcoming race weekend. Use time to manage staff activities, generate funds and keep the team motivated. The season timeline shows the events coming-up which play through and boost performance. Team activities often have pros and cons, so sending a driver to fitness camp could have a knock-on effect such as less time dedicated to sponsors.
My Team allows players to negotiate the driver market when choosing a teammate. Compare F1 and F2 drivers based on Experience, Racecraft, Awareness and Pace, alongside their market value and the level of acclaim they bring to the team. All stats and driver skills are built from comprehensive real-world data from the past five F1 and F2 seasons, and drivers will receive stats updates during the season delivered directly into the game based on their 2020 real-world race performances.
“My Team is a feature that both the studio and our community have wanted for some time,” said F1 Franchise Game Director at Codemasters, Lee Mather. “My Team thrusts the player into the world of F1 with its unique driver-manager experience. We know our players are going to love this new feature.”
“It’s been an enlightening experience using real-world data to create the driver stats. They will divide opinion, and we know our players will spend hours debating them,” said F1 Franchise Director at Codemasters, Paul Jeal. “We’re excited to see how the stats evolve when the drivers hit the track, and the knock-on effect this will have in the game.”
F1 2020 will release on Friday, July 10, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox One X, PC, and Google Stadia (MSRP $59.99). Players who purchase the F1 2020 Deluxe Michael Schumacher Edition (MSRP $69.99) will receive exclusive content and three days early access starting on July 7, 2020.
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