The new story mode is called Braking Point (get it?) and takes players on an “epic journey” as they rise through the ranks from Formula 2 to Formula 1. As well as the races, the mode offers a look at the “glamourous world of F1”, including the rivalries both on and off the track.Career Mode returns with a two-player option that allows friends to join together online either cooperatively or competitively, working on the same or rival racing teams as part of synchronous race sessions. Each player has complete control over their own driving assists, allowing for novice and experienced players to work together. The mode also sees the return of Real-Season Start, allowing players to begin at any point during the F1 season with real-time driver and constructor standings.
Other returning features include driver-manager mode My Team, two-player split-screen, shorter season options, esports integration, and accessible menus and handling. These elements are available on all platforms – PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. On the newer consoles, better visuals and loading times will be available. A free upgrade/Smart Delivery option is available for those who upgrade their consoles, too.
Pre-orders are available now, with a Standard Edition and a Deluxe Edition. The Deluxe Edition pre-orders will net you three days of early access to the game, and seven soon-to-be-revealed F1 drivers to be used in My Team, 18,000 PitCoins, and a content pack for the story mode. Orders for the Standard Edition come with 5,000 PitCoins and some “exclusive items”.
If you’ve perhaps been watching Netflix’s Drive to Survive and fancy getting into the world of Formula 1 games, take a look at our review of F1 2020, the exceptional predecessor to this newly announced game from Codemasters.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.