Game studio Codemasters and publisher Electronic Arts Inc. announced F1 2021, a new next-generation racing experience launching on July 2021.
The next-generation racing game will be released on Friday July 16 and it will feature the teams, drivers and circuits for the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship. It will introduce a brand-new story mode, expanded Career mode with two-player option, and three new circuits, Portimão, Imola, and Jeddah, available to all players as free post-launch content.
F12021 gives players more ways to feel the emotion of competing at the highest level in the pinnacle of motorsport. F1 2021, the official videogame of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, and the first to be published by EA SPORTS will be available worldwide on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.
Braking Point is a new story mode that will offer players an epic journey as they rise from the ranks of Formula 2 to take on a shot at stardom in the world of Formula 1. It immerses players into the glamorous world of the F1 and giving them a taste of the lifestyle both on and off the0 track. They will find themselves immersed in the rivalries, emotion, and dedication needed to compete at the highest level. Devon Butler is makes a comeback here who had debuted way back in F1 2019.
The iconic Career mode has been expanded with a new two-player option that can let friends join online and play cooperatively or join the other team and take rivalries to the track in synchronous race sessions. Each driver has complete control over their assists, allowing players of all levels to come together and compete. This also introduces the Real-Season Start, which enables players to start at any point in the season with real-time driver and constructor standings.
There are also some returning features like the driver-manager experience My Team, two-player split-screen, shorter season options for both F1 and F2, eSports integration, and accessible menus and handling. This is also the first time that it will be coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, which gives it a big visual boost and faster loading times.
“Braking Point is an exciting innovation that has been years in the making. We are proud to expand the game experience and allow players to live the highs and lows of life in Formula1 both on and off the track,” said Lee Mather, Franchise Game Director at Codemasters. “Braking Point transforms the game and puts players centre stage in the greatest racing spectacle on the planet.”
“We are creating more choice and new ways to play. Real-Season Start allows players to align their career to the F1 season,” said Paul Jeal, F1 Senior Franchise Director at Codemasters. “The addition of two-player Career brings new challenges to the iconic game mode. Players can now choose to play co-operatively and share in the success or compete and strive for personal glory.”
Players who pre-order the Standard Edition will receive the Braking Point Content Pack, a set of exclusive in-game items inspired by the fictional stars of the new story experience, and 5,000 PitCoins. Benefits for the digital Deluxe include seven soon-to-be-unveiled iconic F1 drivers for use in My Team, complete with customization content, 18,000 PitCoins, the Braking Point Content Pack, and three days early access. F1 2021 supports Xbox Smart Delivery and PlayStation’s free upgrade when players switch to an Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5.