We knew there’d be a new F1 video game this year and we knew that EA and Codemasters would be behind it. Today it is those teams who are reimagining race day as they fully detail and confirm the release date for EA SPORTS F1 22.
As a new era of F1 takes place, Codemasters and EA are looking to do the same in the virtual world with the announcement of EA SPORTS F1 22, a game which follows in some rich history, on the back of the brilliant F1 2020 and F1 2021.
It’ll be releasing worldwide on July 1st 2022 and we’re expecting it to hit the grids of all the usual suspects – Xbox, PlayStation and PC. Promising to be the biggest shake-up for over a decade – keeping in line with the real world – 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.
There will be a more competitive and unpredictable line-up, as you get the chance to test your skills across the 2022 calendar, including the International Autodrome for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix. In another first, the opportunity to step into the glamorous world of Formula 1 with F1 Life will be present; a customisable hub to show off your collection of supercars, clothing, and accessories, earned via gameplay, Podium Pass, and the in-game brand store.
To get access, you’ll be able to pre-order the Champions Edition from today and that includes three days early access and a time-limited Miami inspired content pack thrown in.
“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 updated 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.”
The redefined race day allows players to customise their set-up with new options Immersive and Broadcast formation laps, safety car periods, and pit stop options. Select Immersive, and players will face risk-reward challenges, which could be the difference between a place on the podium or finishing outside the points. Broadcast takes the pressure off, with controlled and authentic cinematics that keeps players close to the action.
There’s more though and for the ultimate immersive F1 experience, the new PC VR functionality via Oculus Rift and HTC Vive will let you feel the drama from right inside the cockpit.
For new and casual fans, the new Adaptive AI keeps less experienced players competitive throughout each race, with opposing AI racers tailored 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 visualisations. This helps players navigate each twist and turn to perfection before racing for those all-important championship points.
F1 22 will also boast enhancements to returning features, including My Team, allowing players to choose their starting budget based on three entry points: Newcomer, Challenger, and Front Runner. As you’d expect to hear, the game sees real-life track updates to Australia, Spain, and Abu Dhabi to reflect recent changes whilst also offering the critically acclaimed 10-year Career, complete with a two-player option, and Multiplayer is back for epic races against the global racing community.
You’ll be able to get behind the wheel of EA SPORTS F1 22 from July 1st 2022. Let us know if you’ll be suiting up.