EA and Codemasters have announced the “next-generation racing experience” F1 2021 today. Releasing on July 16, 2021, F1 2021 will feature the teams, drivers and circuits for the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship. New in this year’s version are a brand-new story mode, expanded career mode with two-player option, and three new circuits: Portimão, Imola, and Jeddah. Speaking as someone who has recently become obsessed with watching Netflix’ Formula 1: Drive to Survive series, this game is one of my most anticipated for the summer months.
In the new story mode, Braking Point, players will begin their fledgling driver career in Formula 2 and have to fight their way up the standings to make it to the big show. It also re-introduces players to the much-maligned Devon Butler, who makes his return having debuted in F1 2019.
“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 Formula 1® both on and off the track. Braking Point transforms the game and puts players centre stage in the greatest racing spectacle on the planet.”Lee Mather, Franchise Game Director at Codemasters
F1 2021 expands its iconic career mode with a new two-player option that allows friends to join online and play cooperatively or choose different teams 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. Career mode also introduces Real-Season Start, enabling players to begin at any point in the season with real-time driver and constructor standings.
“We are creating more choice and new ways to play. Real-Season Start allows players to align their career to the F1® season. 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.”Paul Jeal, F1® Senior Franchise Director at Codemasters
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. The in-game currency PitCoins – get it? – will be included with some editions to give players a head-start. F1 2021 will be available worldwide on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.