F1 2016 has officially been announced by developer Codemasters today. The high-speed racing game is headed to PS4, Xbox One and PC this summer.
The game will feature the “most immersive career mode of the entire franchise” according to a press release. The new career mode will feature the iconic Safety Car and Virtual Safety Car as well as a new street circuit set in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Principal games designer, Lee Mather, had this to say about the game.
“F1 2016 is a massive step forward for the franchise. The new career mode sits at the heart of the game and allows gamers to create their own legend over a career that can span for up to a massive ten seasons. Beyond improving upon the fastest and most thrilling on-track racing experience in gaming, F1 2016 uniquely offers the drama and vehicle development that goes on behind the scenes. A rich car upgrade system is fully integrated into a new and deep practice development programme which mirrors the tests carried out by the teams in real life.”
“The career mode, together with the re-introduction of the Safety Car, the first inclusion of the Virtual Safety Car and a number of other unannounced improvements means that F1 2016 will have more new features than any other year of the franchise.”
The new career mode allows players to select an avatar and a number to represent them in game. F1 2016 will also feature all the Formula One teams and players can choose which one they want to join. Each team has their very own goals and expectations too. Want to switch teams? Players can earn contracts and move from team to team, or choose to develop their favourite team into a championship contender.
F1 2016 also introduces new “hospitality areas” that act as the player’s hub area. In these areas the player can “Research and Development Engineer and Player Agent to develop their progress both on and off the track.”
A release date is yet be confirmed for F1 2016, but we do know it is expected sometime this Summer. Check out the first stunning screenshots down below.