F1 22, the next game in Codemasters series of F1 games was officially announced this morning and it is bringing some big changes, new additions, and possibly leaving a few things behind.
F1 22 official trailer
Here is your first look at F1 22 from Codemasters and EA but there is much more to get into besides this quick glimpse. After watching the trailer check out all the new details EA revealed about its upcoming F1 title.
F1 22 WILL have VR
After years of requests from fans, it confirmed that F1 22 will have VR functionality. Though, it is not completely universal. VR gameplay will only be available on the PC version of F1 22. Furthermore, only the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR headsets will be compatible.
While this is great news for fans who have wanted VR in Codemasters F1 games, this is a bummer for gamers who play exclusively on consoles. I also find it surprising that EA and Codemasters did not push for compatibility with Sony’s upcoming PlayStation VR 2 headset.
Considering how powerful the PlayStation 5 (PS5) is, I would have thought PS VR 2 compatibility would be a given.
Regardless, VR is a big addition and will add a whole new level of immersion for players. Especially those who may have already built out a simulation rig.
Sprint Races are coming to F1 22
The FIA shook things up when it decided to bring sprint races to F1 weekends. It was a polarizing decision but it made for exciting and controversial results. Codemasters is bringing those sprint races to F1 22 to keep with its goal of accuracy and currency to the sport.
I can already see the YouTube videos from popular streamers sweating it out during Saturday sprint races while playing F1 22. It should make for some very entertaining content.
In regards to gameplay, F1 sprint races could go a long way in bringing more action. Although, some may prefer the strategic nature of qualifying. We’ll have to wait and see how well it goes over with players.
The new ‘F1 Life’ feature will let players pretend they’re ballin’
Another new feature coming to F1 22 is the F1 Life mode. Effectively, F1 Life will be a virtual space within the game for players to show off a collection of “supercars, clothing, and accessories” that players acquire through gameplay. Players can also acquire F1 Life items through the returning Podium Pass and an in-game “brand store.”
For those who are game completionists and love collecting virtual items, F1 Life may be the favorite new feature. Though the cynic in me also sees F1 Life as an easy avenue for EA to sell DLC content. However, that’s not to say that mode won’t be enjoyable.
If I’m being honest, I am already imagining how I would customize my F1 Life hub once I get my hands on this game.
More new features coming to F1 22
In addition to VR gameplay, F1 Sprint races, and the F1 Life customization hub, F1 22 will bring a host of other new features to the table.
“Alongside the real-world changes, we have updated the physics to accommodate the new aero rules and re-worked the tire model, making the handling more true to life. With new and updated circuits, Adaptive AI, F1® Life, and expanded gameplay options, there has never been a better time for players to take their seats and live the life of an F1 driver,” according to Codemasters F1 Senior Creative Director Lee Mather.
Among the features that Mather listed, it’s the “Adaptive AI” that stood out for me. I am deeply curious to see how Codemasters has managed to evolve its already complex AI model.
The developer has a team that is highly skilled at creating varied and realistic driving behavior. Just look to GRID Legends and its incredible “rivals” mechanic as an example.
EA hasn’t provided a full track list but it did confirm that the International Autodrome for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix will be featured in F1 22. It was also confirmed that the recently redesigned versions of the Australia, Spain, and Abu Dhabi circuits will be reflected in the game.
The My Team mode, 10-year career mode, and Multiplayer mode are all returning but it appears that one major feature from F1 2021 will not be present.
There was no mention of the narrative “Braking Point” story coming back in F1 22. Braking Point was Codemasters’ first foray into creating a full-fledged narrative story for one of its F1 games.
I did enjoy Braking Point in F1 2021 but in my review, I noted that the linear nature of the narrative broke the immersion since no matter how I performed, the story would effectively play out the same.
It is unclear why a narrative story mode is being left out this time around. I could guess but it would just be speculation. If I find out more I’ll be sure to provide an update.
When does F1 22 come out?
F1 22 is set to release worldwide on Friday, July 1st, 2022 during the weekend of the British Grand Prix. By the time you read this, pre-orders for the “Champion Edition” F1 22 will be live.
The Champion Edition includes three days of early access and a time-limited content pack inspired by the Miami Grand Prix.
Are you looking forward to F1 22? What other new features or additions do you want to see in the game? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet them to me at @MotorworldHype.