The most recent version in Components 1’s annual online game sequence shall be launched on 16 July, and is the primary since Codemasters was acquired by EA Sports activities over the winter.
After beforehand saying plans for a brand new two-player profession mode and a narrative mode earlier this 12 months, Codemasters revealed additional details about its plans for the 2021 recreation on Wednesday.
A part of this noticed the primary gameplay footage launched, harnessing the smoother visuals out there via the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Collection X consoles. Each of those may have the choice to modify between ‘efficiency’ and ‘graphics’, as seen on Codemasters’ DiRT5 title, improved load speeds, 3D audio and ray tracing for lifelike reflections in replays and broadcasts.
One of many huge new options within the recreation is the ‘Braking Level’ story mode, which can see players race as Aiden Jackson, a younger driver racing in F2 with hopes of reaching F1.
The sport will span the 2019 F2 season earlier than transferring into F1 for 2020 and 2021, giving the prospect to signal for Racing Level/Aston Martin, Alphas Tauri, Alfa Romeo, Haas or Williams.
Braking Level seems to be to take inspiration from the Netflix Drive to Survive sequence via its story, which has benefitted from knowledgeable writing crew and can emphasise the characters and relationships all through Jackson’s story. A part of this can see the return of Devon Butler, the villain from F1 2019.
CGI cutscenes have additionally been filmed for the mode so as to add to the realism, whereas Codemasters is eager to maintain additional particulars about Braking Level below wrap to keep away from any spoilers, however mentioned the mode ought to span round five-to-six hours.
F1 2021 screenshot
Photograph by: Codemasters
One other huge change for F1 2021 comes within the new two-player profession mode, permitting players to embark on their F1 careers with a buddy, both racing for a similar crew (‘Co-op’) or in opposition to one another (‘Contracts’) via the mode, participating with rivals and negotiating the driving force market as regular. A number of save slots shall be made out there, permitting for a couple of two-player profession. The common single-player driver profession additionally now permits gamers to begin racing in F2 earlier than transferring as much as F1.
The MyTeam driver/supervisor mode returns from F1 2020 and has been enhanced, that includes a brand new R+D construction in a transfer away from the talents tree presentation that has been used for plenty of years. The event duties in observe classes have additionally been overhauled, with a “fast observe” mini-game set to be made out there.
Codemasters beforehand introduced that seven icon drivers could be made out there within the MyTeam mode, however their integration into the driving force market stays unclear. One added aspect for driver scores this 12 months is a brand new “focus” statistic, which is impacted by crew actions, efficiency and press questions, the last-mentioned additionally being expanded for this 12 months.
F1 2021 is being billed as essentially the most customisable title within the sequence thus far, permitting gamers to regulate settings in order that it’s accessible to each newcomers and hardcore sim racers on the lookout for essentially the most troublesome problem attainable.
The customisation of the MyTeam and profession modes enable gamers to regulate how rapidly they earn cash and acquire useful resource factors, in addition to how common mechanical or technical faults are on the automobiles, tailoring the sport for the participant’s desired issue.
One different addition for this 12 months is a ‘real-season begin’, which permits gamers to dive into the championship at any level with the standings set to their real-life equal. The sport will function 21 tracks, with three extra – Portimao, Imola and Jeddah – set to be added as free DLC at a later date. China is included because it options within the Braking Level mode, however is not going to be out there in profession after being axed from the calendar. The recently-announced dash races is not going to function within the recreation.
F1 2021 screenshot
Photograph by: Codemasters
F1 2021 will as soon as once more embrace F2, launching with the 2020 automobiles, drivers and weekend format earlier than an replace later within the 12 months to carry all the pieces updated for 2021.
On-track, F1 2021 has benefitted from larger enter from groups and drivers after their digital racing actions in lockdown final 12 months, permitting for a extra sim-like tyre mannequin. There have additionally been modifications made to the injury mannequin, which means there are extra elements of the automotive that may get broken.
In multiplayer, a brand new ‘Social Play’ choice has been added to make it simpler for gamers to leap in and create a much less daunting on-line expertise. The server browser has additionally been up to date to make it simpler for gamers to search out the races they need.
Visually, there may be additionally larger customisation, with gamers now ready so as to add stickers to the halo, in addition to choosing a “victory radio” message, shouting out to the crew or followers for profitable. There are additionally extra multiplayer automotive decals and objects out there via the Podium Go on-line store.
F1 2021 shall be launched on PS5, PS4, Xbox Collection X/S, Xbox One and PC on 16 July, with Deluxe Version orders getting entry three days early.