Codemasters and EA Sports activities will launch the newest version of F1’s official online game on 16 July after releasing the first gameplay footage and announcing more details concerning the title on Wednesday.
Within the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, drivers took half in quite a lot of official occasions rather than the cancelled real-life races utilizing the F1 sport.
F1’s Digital Grand Prix collection noticed Charles Leclerc, George Russell, Alexander Albon, Nicholas Latifi and Lando Norris all participate in races, in addition to quite a lot of drivers from F2 and F3. The occasions led to larger engagement between the present F1 grid and the F1 sport builders, strengthening the connection that finally led to added enter for F1 2021.
“I can’t go into an excessive amount of element, however we’ve obtained a unbelievable relationship with among the groups now,” mentioned Codemasters F1 franchise sport director Lee Mather. “One of many large advantages off the again of the primary lockdown is there was loads of groups, loads of drivers who had much more spare time.
“We had been in a position to spend so much of time discussing issues with them, and as that’s continued now and the season is again in full pressure, we’re persevering with these discussions. We’re having common conferences with them.
“We’re getting superb suggestions and perception into issues that we historically didn’t actually have such nice visibility of. We’ve all the time had such a fantastic relationship with the groups, however now they’re coming to us regularly, desirous to have extra enter into the sport.”
Williams F1 driver Russell was topped the unofficial champion of the Digital Grand Prix collection final June after scoring 4 consecutive victories.
Mather felt the way in which during which Russell may instantly bounce onto the sport and be on the tempo so shortly proved how shut it had now obtained to actual life.
“Yearly thus far for the final two years, we’ve had suggestions that the dealing with mannequin is bettering, each time it’s getting nearer and nearer to what they count on,” Mather mentioned. “I feel we’ve seen, clearly within the Esports, George Russell leaping straight right into a sport and his ability being as spectacular in-game as it’s in actual life. I feel that’s solely doable as a result of the sport now mirrors very a lot what they’re used to.
“So yeah, we’ve had quite a lot of enter. And that’s one thing that we’ll proceed to make use of in future titles, as we’ve obtained right here in F1 2021.”