F1 2019 Launch Date Announced

Codemasters stunned everyone by announcing the release date for this years F1 game and hinted at a few new features. What can fans & gamers expect?


The 2019 Formula 1 season is well underway, with the paddock set up in Bahrain ahead of this weekends race. For fans of the sport this is the most exciting time of the year, and for gamers it usually means it’s time to log more hours on the track. But while F1 2018 is still entertaining fans, Codemasters  shocked everyone by announcing the F1 2019 game yesterday.

Let’s start with the headline news that this years offering will hit the shelves a full two months earlier than usual. The game will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox, and PC on June 28th, the same weekend as the Austrian Grand Prix. This is excellent news for players that have already mastered career mode and dominated their friends online.

“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,” said Paul Jeal, F1 Franchise Director at Codemasters. “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.”

That close relationship has included working with F1 legends Ross Brawn and Pat Symonds to develop a car that is in line with the 2019 regulation changes and should provide the most realistic driving experience to date.

More customisation than ever before

Along with that teaser video and the notes about working with Brawn and Symonds, Codemasters also hinted at a deeper level of customisation in the 2019 game. A "range of livery designs" will be available in multiplayer, adding a level of customisation beyond just helmet designs that fans have been begging for. It remains to be seen if you will have the choice of a few designs or full rein to make the car of your dreams, but this added feature is sure to please fans everywhere.

Defeat your rivals

Last year's "Make headlines" tag line for the game showed the re-introduction of driver interviews to the game, this years tag line "Defeat your rivals" seems to suggest Codemasters will provide a deeper rivalry mechanic in F1 2019, replacing the rather worn results based system that they have been using for a while now. Quite what this will be we can only guess, but anything that adds to career mode can only be good for the player.

With just three months until the new game is released you can expect more news and teaser clips to hit soon. Codemasters are talking a big game so far, and with their two-year development cycle for F1 2019 they seem confident it will be the best version to date. Fingers crossed they are right.

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Toby Durant

Deputy Editor at RealSport. A life-long gamer, I have been with RealSport since 2016 and spent time covering the world of Formula 1, NFL, and football for the site before expanding into esports.

 

I lead the site's coverage of motorsport titles with a particular focus on Formula 1. I also lead RealSport's Madden content while occasionally dipping my toe into Football Manager and esports coverage of Gfinity Series events.

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