F1 2021 is officially going to be the first racing game released by Codemasters since they were acquired by Electronic Arts (EA) earlier this year. Going forward, F1 games by Codemasters will be officially marketed under the massive EA Sports banner.
Business stuff aside, there are some pretty big changes coming with this next F1 game from Codemasters besides the publishing power of EA behind it. There are a ton of new features, new platforms and new modes promised.
There is a lot to cover here so let’s break it down and get into each major part of the announcement.
New “Braking Point” story mode
“Braking Point” is the name of the new narrative story mode coming to F1 2021. Similar to the story modes in the previous F1 games, Braking Point will see the player start off in F2 and work they’re way up to Formula 1. Codemasters promises that the new story mode will explore drama on and off the track. Rivalries will still play a significant role and the fictional character “Devon Butler” will be making a return in F1 2021 after making his first appearance in F1 2019.
2-player co-op career mode and “real time start”
The heart of Codemasters’ F1 games are there career modes. In F1 2021 the career mode is getting a new 2-player option that will allow players to race together on the same team within a career or race on opposing teams. Either way, each player can make their own adjustments to assists and other driving options independent of each other.
Additionally, the career mode will get a “real time start” option. Real time start will allow players to allow their careers to line up in real time with the current F1 season, including driver’s point standings and constructor’s standings.
My Team mode is back along with other returning features
Easily the most impressive aspect of F1 2020 is the “My Team” mode that put’s players in the manager’s desk and tasks them with controlling parts development, hiring drivers, and even managing marketing activities. Fans of My Team mode can relax knowing that it will return in F1 2021. Two-player split-screen, shorter season options, and esports integration are all returning as well in F1 2021.
F1 2021 coming to Xbox Series X|S and PS5
As we expected, F1 2021 will be the first F1 game for “next-gen” consoles Xbox Series X|S and the PlayStation 5 (PS5) which is awesome if those consoles weren’t so hard to come by. Currently no specific details have been provided as to how F1 2021 will take advantage of the additional power found in the new crop of consoles beyond stating a “visual uplift and faster loading times”.
No specific frame rates or resolutions have been mentioned thus far. Though, have to imagine that at the very least F1 2021 will target 4K at 60fps on Xbox Series X and PS5 and likely 1440p at 60fps on the Xbox Series S. We would be willing to speculate that there is definitely opportunity for higher numbers depending on the platform. For example the Xbox Series S should be able to handle 1080p resolution at a higher frame rate such as 120fps and we would further speculate that there may be some type of “performance mode” for the Series X and PS5 that allows players to dial down the resolution in exchange for a higher frame rate.
F1 2021 will support Xbox Smart Delivery and PlayStation’s free upgrade when players switch to an Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5.
F1 2021 Release date, new tracks, and pre-order bonuses
We’re pretty happy to know that we won’t have to wait long to dive back into our own personal F1 season. F1 2021 is going to release on July 16th for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and on PC via Steam. While they won’t be available on launch day, three new tracks including Portimão, Imola, and Jeddah will come to the game for free at a later date.
Anyone who pre-orders F1 2021 will get the Braking Point content pack which includes a set of “exclusive in-game items inspired by the fictional stars of the new story experience” and 5,000 “PitCoins” (the in-game currency). Players who pick up the digital deluxe edition will net seven yet-to-be-announced “iconic” F1 drivers for use in the My Team mode, customization content, 18,000 PitCoins, the Braking Point content pack, and three days early access to the game.
F1 2021 trailer
Here is the F1 2021 announcement trailer. It’s definitely an interesting way to let us know what’s coming but we are a little disappointed that no gameplay is shown. Perhaps as the release date gets closer we’ll all get to see more.
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