Two new F1 games get into gear

There are two new racing games on the way from Codemasters – and while we’ll have to wait a little while to burn some rubber on Xbox One and PS4, we’ll be able to jump right onto the grid on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 this October.

Stephen Hood, Creative Director for the F1 series at Codemasters explains:

This is the year it all changes – for the sport and for the game.

He’s referring to today’s big announcement: F1 2014 (which we kinda knew was coming because it seemed sensible), but also to the currently-unnamed Formula 1 title headed to PC, PS4 and Xbox One, “in 2015”.

F1 2014 echoes this season’s “seismic” rule changes (some of the most major changes of the sport’s 60 year history), to now incorporate new turbocharged power units and aerodynamic regulations. The game bundles up five years of racing game experience, promising the most accessible racer yet.

Of course, there’s the usual new circuits and updated driver line-ups, but the real fun is seeing how the different the new cars feel to race this year.

Hood continues:

There’s been a dramatic shift in the sport; the largest shake up in the rules and regulations for a very long time and the new power units provide a very different kind of challenge, for both driver and team. By delivering all of these changes, F1 2014 will make for an exciting and refreshingly different experience. Additionally, with the new driver evaluation system analysing each player’s skill level and suggesting appropriate game settings, plus re-graded difficulty levels including a brand new Very Easy setting, we aim to deliver a thoroughly rewarding F1 experience for players of all abilities, from the novice to the seasoned pro.

The next-gen Formula 1 title is set to launch “earlier” in next year’s F1 season, and is set to tie in more closely to the races as they unfold in the real world, with digital updates and the ability to face off against real drivers.

Obviously, there’s more to come from both games – but Codemasters is off to a good start. F1 2014 will arrive across Australia & New Zealand on October 16, for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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