Electronic Arts and developer Codemasters today have announced this year’s F1 driving game, EA Sports F1 22. The game will be releasing worldwide on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, as well as on PC on July 1st, 2022.
In the biggest shake-up for over a decade, players will take their seats for the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship in new hybrid cars, as overhauled rules reimagine the race weekend with the inclusion of F1 Sprint races. With a more competitive and unpredictable line-up, players will test their skills across the 2022 calendar.
In another first, players can step into the glamorous supercars, clothing, and accessories, earned via gameplay, Podium Pass, and the in-game brand store.
Players can pre-order the Champions Edition now, which includes three days of early access and a time-limited Miami-inspired content pack.
The publisher released an announcement trailer to commemorate the occasion.
“We look forward to welcoming our players to the new era of Formula 1,” said Lee Mather, F1 Senior Creative Director at Codemasters. “Alongside the real-world changes, we have adapted the physics to accommodate the new aero rules and re-worked the tyre model, making the handling more true to life. With new and updated circuits, Adaptive AI, F1 Life, and expanded gameplay options, there has never been a better time for players to take their seats and live the life of an F1 driver.”
F1 22 boasts enhancements to returning features, including My Team, allowing players to choose their starting budget based on three entry points:
The game sees real-life track updates to Australia, Spain, and Adu Dhabi to reflect recent changes. F1 22 also features its critically acclaimed 10-year career, complete with a two-player option, and Multiplayer is back for epic races against the global racing community.
For new and casual fans, the new Adaptive AI keeps less experienced players competitive throughout each race, with opposing AI racers to match the skill level. Accessible menus and handling also return to help players get to the action quickly without the need to understand the complexities of the sport. The refreshed Practice Programs offer more variety with new scoring systems and on-track visualizations. This helps players navigate each twist and turn to perfection before racing for those all-important championship points.