Today is the day that racing fans no longer have to wait with bated breath for news of the latest iteration in Codemasters' popular F1 simulation franchise. F1 2014
has finally been announced for release on Xbox 360 later this year.
The publisher/developer has confirmed that F1 2014
will replicate all aspects of the current Formula One season, including all teams, drivers, and circuits on the race calendar. The game will also embrace the plethora of engineering changes that have been implemented in the current season, such as new power units and energy recovery technology. F1 2014
will continue to encourage players of all abilities by utilising a new in-game system that "identifies player ability and tunes game settings to an appropriate level, whilst re-graded difficulty settings enable players to compete at incrementally higher levels as they become more experienced".
The fundamental changes within Formula One this season have had a huge impact on the development of F1 2014
, and this has been highlighted by Stephen Hood, Creative Director for the F1 series at Codemasters:
This is the year it all changes – for the sport and for the game... 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 announcement has been accompanied by a gameplay trailer, which showcases the new cars. The footage also gives us a glimpse of Austria's Red Bull Ring, as it returns to the race calendar. Ten screenshots have been revealed focusing on several different cars in varying weather conditions.
will take up its grid space on Xbox 360 on October 17th in Europe, with a North American release expected in the same month.
In addition to the F1 2014
details, Codemasters has revealed that the series will also make its first appearance on the Xbox One in early 2015. When the as yet unnamed title is released, the developer plans to use the platform to its full potential by applying regular updates as the season progresses to increase the game's realism.
Stephen Hood has explained briefly about the franchise's first Xbox One game by adding to his earlier comments with the following information:
Our title for the new generation formats will mark a huge step forward for the F1 series. We want to be out there earlier in the season and deliver new season content updates digitally as the 2015 season progresses; it’s very exciting for the series and our players
Stay tuned to TA for more information on both games over the coming months!
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