- Nov 29, 2014
Codemasters and Bandai Namco have released more information about their upcoming F1 racing title, including new pictures and the official box art. It looks like F1 2015 might not be the fresh start everybody thought it would be, but it seems to be a pretty big step into the right direction.
As promised in the first press release, the title will have a more sim-like handling model. While I personally doubt it will reach the accuracy heights of something like Game Stock Car Extreme, it might be a nice surprise - and then again, there's nothing wrong with a well done simcade racer.
The game director Steven Embling confirmed the sim-like leanings of Codemasters' new title in an interview with Eurogamer.
After the faux-pas of the last entry in the series, based on old technology and aimed towards a more casual handling style, the Codies are pushing back towards a more sim-oriented model."The thing with F1 2014 is that everyone wanted to make it accessible," says Embling. "I think that perhaps had its toll on the simulation - it maybe got pushed to the way-side. This time we built everything to support that simulation. The force feedback is a lot stronger, and a lot more accurate - it comes from the tire forces and the suspension loading. [...] The handling, it's more simulation than we've ever done before."
The Eurogamer preview confirms this impression, describing the new handling as "alive" and as "requiring a delicate throttle" application.
Along with the new physics model, the title has received a full graphics overhaul (particularly evident in the previewed Singapore circuit) and is aiming for 60 fps on both PS4 and Xbox One.
PS4 users will get the 1080p experience, while Xbox One users will have to settle for a slightly lower 900p resolution. Obviously, none of this will matter to PC users, and hopefully F1 2015 will retain the past EGO engine-powered games' stellar performance optimization.
Also of note are season updates: the game will launch with the full 2015 grid (minus for the Manor team, which will be added in one of the updates) along with the 2014 cars and circuits.
One final note: Codemasters has confirmed that the F1 license will be valid until 2016, which means we'll very likely see another title after F1 2015. The developer said they plan to renew the license with Formula One Management after the expiry date, thus possibly leading to even more annual F1 titles.
The new release date for F1 2015, as stated in the latest press release, will be out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on June 12. In the meanwhile, take a look at the game's latest preview pictures, along with the official box-art and steelbook cover (for the special edition).
Let us know what you think in the comments!
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