F1 2022 game: Changes we need
Codemasters is known for making the best F1 games out there, but how will they choose to portray next year's car designs under the new regulations?
F1 2021 - What's good?
This year's entry to the franchise, Codemasters' F1 2021, was met with great acclaim across the board, earning a score of 8/10 on IGN. With this release, we saw the inclusion of a breath of clean air (see what I did there?) that was the compelling 'Braking Point' story mode, stunning visuals, awesome livery customisation, sublime engine noises and much needed F2 representation.
Furthermore, players are given the option to now play through a two-player career mode, which sees you and a friend enact a full season (if you so choose) of Formula 1 races - a fully customisable calendar, team contracts, in-depth R&D, post-race interviews and so forth. Rest assured, my good friend Manav Pallan and I have spent hours crying ourselves laughing as we see replays of each other absolutely binning it straight into the side of Charles Leclerc in a Haas. Good times.
What do we want from the next game?
As you may know by now, F1 is set to be flipped upside down for next year's season: Brand new car designs, larger 18" tyres, revamped aerodynamics, the list goes on. That being said, the topic then turns to how Codemasters will opt to portray and tweak the performance of these new cars; the short answer is that we don't yet know. You can expect, though, a very accurate representation of the design we've been shown by Formula 1 themselves, which looks a little something like this:
You can see here the aformentioned extravagantly large tyres, new front and back wing designs and the infamous halo.
So what features do players want from the next game then? Personally, I'd really love if the AI didn't terrorise me on track (as you can see here:)
Yeah, I think the AI have some sort of vendetta against either Haas or Mercedes drivers. Also follow me on Twitter ;)
Anyway, YouTubers like Aarava here have weighed in and given their opinion on what they want to see from the next entry to the series.
By and large, people want to see: More intelligent AI (my personal number one pick), improved customisation in regards to R&D and season calendars, more livery options and some F3 integration also. More features I'd love to see reintroduced would be classic cars like Alonso's championship-winning Renault from 2005 or the 'Instant Race' option from F1 2018 which - with the push of a button - loads you into a race at a random track, in a random car, with random weather, time of day, etc. This feature was great for lazy people like myself and those who wanted to dive straight into a race as soon as you're on the home menu.
What don't we want?
Like I've vehemently lamented previously, the AI in F1 2021 could do with a bit of an overhaul (or perhaps my judgement is clouded by confirmation bias), however I would argue it's the best F1 game to date. So what don't we want from Codemasters next year?
It would be a shame to see a reworked, confusing menu/UI that ends up like that of F1 2011; there needs to be a balance between too little and too many settings and options. As we've seen with F1 2021, Codemasters do indeed have the ability to make a newbie-friendly F1 game whilst also catering for more experienced and car setup-savy players. That being said, I would say it would be a foolish move to make the next game not easily accessible for new players due to the drastic increase in viewership of races and general popularity - thanks to marketing and, chiefly, Netflix's Drive to Survive series.
One point of contention for me is the Podium Pass - I appreciate the need for a more modernised business model for Codemasters but is a battle pass-esque implementation needed for an F1 game? While it does offer extra challenges for less casual players to complete and snazzy livery customisation options, there is no ignoring the fact that most of it is still locked behind a paywall.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
So, with all that said, what should we expect from Codemasters' next release? Well, it's sure to include a creative interpretation of next season's cars, expanded Career opportunities, improved graphics, a (hopefully) overhauled AI system and much more. As I'm sure is the case with most people, I just hope that there won't be too many bugs or issues upon release. Alas, only time will tell.