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F1 2019 announced: what we know so far

Today (28th March 2019) it was announced that Codemasters will be releasing F1 2019 in late June, two months earlier than its usual yearly release date. The game will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, and is available to pre-order now for release on Friday 28th June 2019.

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

In a press release, Codemasters confirmed that for the first time ever - players will be able to customise a 2019 F1 car with their own livery design in multiplayer. The Birmingham based developers had this to say on the new game feature:

“Working in partnership with F1, for the first time ever, players will be able to get behind the wheel of a 2019 regulation car specifically designed in collaboration with F1’s technical team, headed up by Ross Brawn and Pat Symonds. The car, which will be available in multiplayer, adheres to the 2019 regulations and comes with a range of livery designs offering players a new level of personalisation. The 2019 F1 team liveries will also feature on the car in early marketing materials, but will be replaced by the final team cars ahead of the games release.”

The director of Codemasters F1 game franchise, Paul Jeal talked about the game's two year development and the new features developed as a result: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to release F1 2019 earlier in the Formula 1 season, so that the game can be played and enjoyed at the same time that the real-world championship picture is starting to form."

"Our close relationship with Formula 1 has played a major part in achieving this key objective for the franchise. That in addition to our near two-year development cycle, has allowed us to develop some exciting new features and other firsts for the franchise that we can’t wait to share with our community in the coming months.”

IS THAT A FORMULA 2 CAR?

It looks like Formula 2 is finally coming to the F1 game franchise. Near the end of the trailer, this car above was seen for a split second - and it looks exactly like a current F2 car. Most likely, F2 will be in the beginning of the Career Mode - acting as a stepping stone to an F1 race seat. This could also be a gateway to a more narrative driven Career Mode, which would be a welcome change to the usual "drive this car, move to this team, win championships" formality of Career Mode.

WRITERS OPINION - F1 2019 MIGHT BE THE BEST RACING GAME OF THE YEAR

After the success that was the F1 2018 game, I was eager to see how Codemasters could possibly top it. With this unexpectedly early unveiling of F1 2019 - it's clear to see that Codemasters have outdone themselves with this game. The new multiplayer design feature is a big step in the right direction - whilst the potential inclusion of Formula 2 is very exciting. I am definitely looking forward to playing F1 2019, and it could be a best seller come release time in June.

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