Did you think F1 was just about the fastest of cars, the most intense rivalries and the most in-depth of technological ideas? Think again, because F1 is all about the race weekend as a whole, something that Codemasters and EA will be pushing centre stage in F1 22.
EA Sports F1 22 will release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC come July 1st 2022, and even though we’ve already been hands-on, detailing how the game plays, there will be more to the experience than just the norm.
See, F1 22 will see EA and Codies redefining the experience as a whole, bringing in all manner of new ideas that take place outside of the cockpit. It’s here where the new era of F1 awaits, with revolutionary cars, F1 Sprint races, Pirelli Hot Laps and more.
The redefined race weekend that is being promised will add excitement and drama to F1 22, as the drivers hit the track for the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship. It’ll see you taking control of the revolutionary new ground-effect cars with improved physics to accommodate the new aero rules that are in place. Players will also be able to experience the shorter F1 Sprint events and immersive race day moments such as formation laps, safety car moments, and pit stops.
Further to that, the Pirelli Hot Lap comes with eight supercars and adds a new dimension before the action heats up across this season’s circuits. And of course, it goes without saying that the track amendments found in the 2022 season will be implemented, including updates to Spain, Australia and Abu Dhabi and the FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX.
“F1 22 allows players to live their Formula 1 fantasies both on and off the track,” said Lee Mather, F1®Senior Creative Director at Codemasters. “Players are excited to enter the new era of Formula 1 with the introduction of new cars, regulations, and more control of race day moments. F1 22 enables players to be more social with their friends away from the circuit. The personalised space within F1 Life allows players to show off their collection of must-have cars and accessories and be the envy of friends and rivals.”
F1 22 should be accessible to everyone too. It features Adaptive AI which will allow the player to tailor the experience to their current skill level, in turn enabling competitive racing from the moment they hit the track. Throw in accessible handling, players can remove the complexities and have the option to increase the difficulty at the end of every race weekend. There will be improved Practice Programs as well, encouraging players to learn the circuit thanks to enhanced on-track visuals, helping to improve lap times ahead of battling for a place on the podium.
But there’s more and in F1 Life a whole new social aspect will play out. This is the new social hub that allows players to show off their collection of supercars, fashion accessories, and trophies. In-game character personalisation will therefore extend beyond the track with branded clothes and accessories, picked up via in-game challenges, Podium Pass, brand shop, and the in-game store. It’s the personal hub here which will also act the Multiplayer lobby, allowing access to friends’ avatars and collections.
Should you be taken in by F1 22, then Champions Edition players also receive new My Team Icons, Jacques Villeneuve, Mark Webber and Nico Hülkenberg, and two drivable safety cars: the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series and Aston Martin Vantage for use in Time Trial. With improved UI for easier navigation and updated authentic broadcast visuals, including podium sequences and driver video walls, there has never been a better time to take to the grid – especially when you consider that PC players will find VR options available too.
Check out the latest trailer below and stay tuned for more F1 glitz in the coming days.