When it comes to the racing game calendar, Codemasters annual F1 title usually appears in August. Not this year. The developer has announced F1 2019, and it will arrive a whole two months earlier than usual so that it coincides with the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, ahead of the British, German and Hungarian Grand Prix races. Codemasters' F1 Franchise Director Paul Jeal explains why:
We are absolutely delighted to be able to release F1 2019 earlier in the Formula 1 Season, so that the game can be played and enjoyed at the same time that the real-world championship picture is starting to form. Our close relationship with Formula 1 has played a major part in achieving this key objective for the franchise. That in addition to our near two-year development cycle, has allowed us to develop some exciting new features and other firsts for the franchise that we can’t wait to share with our community in the coming months.One of those firsts is that together with the F1 technical team, led by Ross Brawn and Pat Symonds, Codemasters has created a 2019 regulation car for the game that players will be able to use in Multiplayer too. Players will be able to customise it with a range of liveries, although the car will first be seen with 2019 F1 Team liveries before being replaced with the final team liveries closer to the game's release.
As Jeal mentioned, several new game feratures are also promised, although more details will be revealed on these "in the coming months". For now, players can get their first glimpse of the game in the teaser trailer:
Of course, there's that all important release date. F1 2019 will be released on June 28th.
We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the F1 2019 achievements.