F1 2021 comes out next month and we’ve been lucky enough to play an early demo and go over everything we learned from a virtual closed door presentation. Though despite all that, there were still some things that Codemasters and EA held back. Namely, more details about the marquee Braking Point story mode.
What we do know is that the story was somewhat inspired by the success of Netflix’s Drive to Survive F1 docuseries, there is a full cast of characters, and fan-favorite Devon Butler would be making his return as the antagonist.
Today, Codemasters has pulled back a bit more of the curtain and revealed a bit more about each character, and their motivations. We are also given a look at some of the cutscenes that players will see as they watch the Braking Point story unfold.
So, who are the stars of Braking Point and what drives them? Here are their descriptions as provided by Codemasters.
Aiden is a potential star in the making. A young, promising driver embarking on his first F1 season, who idolizes his teammate, Casper Akkerman. Jackson is viewed as a success story, having worked his way up from F2. Easy to like, Aiden can put up a good front for the cameras. However, behind the scenes he’s struggling with the transition to the big league. Expected to be courted by one of the bigger teams, he has hit the ground running and is already making waves.
Casper ‘Cas’ Akkerman
Known for his ice-cold and no-nonsense approach, Casper is a steady hand determined to lift his team away from the midfield battle. His calm temperament and dogged determination have served him well throughout his illustrious career. However, with a crop of young talent breaking through, he’s feeling the pressure of trying to remain at the top of his game despite being in the twilight of his career.
The Braking Point antagonist. Devon is much more than a cocky, loud-mouthed upstart trying to make a name for himself. Highly respected on the track, Devon’s questionable off-track behavior leaves a lot to be desired. Always ready with a wisecrack comment or barbed piece of advice, Butler uses his encounters to get under the skin of any driver he deems as a threat. Love or loathe him, Devon Butler intends to become a living legend in the world of Formula 1.
Brian is the direct liaison to the team principal, and it falls on him to keep things running smoothly. Doyle spends a lot of his time as the go-between, passing on messages, race strategies, or ironing out any grievances within the team. He has established himself within the sport and runs a well-oiled machine. A larger than life character who lives and breathes Formula 1, Doyle is up when it’s going well but crashes to earth when things don’t go according to plan.
Casper’s wife and the bedrock of his world. Zoe has been on the scene for several years and knows the sacrifices needed for her husband to remain competitive. Zoe is always ready with a sympathetic ear and kind word, no matter where her husband is in the world. Mother to a young daughter, Lily, Zoe is the only person who knows the demons Casper faces competing against the next generation of drivers bursting onto the scene.
F1 2021 Braking Point: will it work?
Obviously at this point, we haven’t played the full game yet so we have no idea just how well the Braking Point narrative will play out. Though, based on character descriptions alone and the fact that Codemasters enlisted a group of professional writers, we think there is some real potential here.
There are some things that are already standing out as potential negatives. But, we’re going to hold off on expressing any pre-mature opinions and wait until we’ve experienced the full story for ourselves.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to playing the Braking Point story mode in F1 2021? Or could you not care less about the story and just want to jump into the regular career mode and multiplayer?
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