Codemasters and Electronic Arts Inc. have announced the latest instalment of the official F1 game will launch on Friday 16 July on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.
F1 2021 will feature the teams, drivers and circuits for the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship and bring a brand-new story mode, expanded career mode with two-player option, and three new circuits, Portimão, Imola, and Jeddah.
The new story mode is branded as Braking Point, taking players on a journey through the ranks of Formula 2, and giving them a shot to make it in to Formula 1. Building on their previous career modes there will be action both on and off of the track, which will also see the return of Devon Butler, who regulars to the game series will remember from his debut in F1® 2019.
The Career mode will feature a new two-player option, allowing players to team up with friends online to play co-operatively or choose different teams and take on each other whilst racing the AI. A new feature will also see players able to join the season at any point, mirroring what is going on in the real world with the Real-Season Start feature.
Returning features include driver-manager experience My Team, two-player split-screen, shorter season options for both F1® and F2™, esports integration and accessible menus and handling.
“Braking Point is an exciting innovation that has been years in the making. We are proud to expand the game experience and allow players to live the highs and lows of life in Formula 1 both on and off the track,” said Lee Mather, Franchise Game Director at Codemasters. “Braking Point transforms the game and puts players centre stage in the greatest racing spectacle on the planet.”
“We are creating more choice and new ways to play. Real-Season Start allows players to align their career to the F1® season,” said Paul Jeal, F® Senior Franchise Director at Codemasters. “The addition of two-player Career brings new challenges to the iconic game mode. Players can now choose to play co-operatively and share in the success or compete and strive for personal glory.”
Players who pre-order the Standard Edition will receive the Braking Point Content Pack, a set of exclusive in-game items inspired by the fictional stars of the new story experience, and 5,000 PitCoins. Benefits for the digital Deluxe include seven soon-to-be-unveiled iconic F1® drivers for use in My Team, complete with customisation content, 18,000 PitCoins, the Braking Point Content Pack, and three days early access. F1® 2021 supports Xbox Smart Delivery and PlayStation’s free upgrade when players switch to an Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5.