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03 Jan 2021

F1 2021 Game: Release date, next gen, PS5, Xbox Series X, tracks, cars, My Team & everything you need to know

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Latest news - Calendar changes brings Imola back

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EA makes $1.2bn takeover move for Codemasters

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My Team & Career Mode

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Drivers

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Tracks

F1 2020 was among the best selling sports and racing titles of 2020, bringing a fresh game mode, enhanced handling, and big improvements to the tracks it was a roaring success.

With the new year, and a new F1 season, all eyes are on what Codemasters could do next.

F1 2021 is coming, but what will it look like?

Latest news - Calendar changes brings Imola back

Due to entry restrictions in some countries, the F1 2021 calendar has had a bit of a reshuffle.

The Australian GP has been pushed back into November, meaning the season will start a week later than planned in Bahrain.

China has also been postponed, with no clear reschedule date visible it may drop off the calendar altogether.

This has left some gaps, one of which has been filled by Imola, with rumours that Portimao will take the TBC slot now left vacant by the Chinese GP.

Gamers are hopeful that this means Imola will be on the F1 2021 game!

EA makes $1.2bn takeover move for Codemasters

Codemasters has been the F1 game developer for over 10 years now and were thought to be heading to the Take-Two family. However, a late move by EA has put the British racing company's future in other hands.

The $1.2bn deal should be completed by early 2021, and could see EA staples like Ultimate Team come to the F1 game.

Mercedes & Ferrari in F1 2020
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We're likely to have F1 2021 installed on our next-gen consoles by the first week of July.

Release Date

There is no officially confirmed release date just yet for F1 2021.

The last two games have been released in late-June & mid-July.

That gives us a solid window to plan around.

Early access

That could be thanks to early access.

The last few F1 games have offered three days early access via deluxe editions and we expect that to continue for F1 2021.

My Team & Career Mode

The introduction of My Team in F1 2020 allowed racers to play the role of team owner and lead driver.

You had to allocate money, develop facilities, sign sponsors and even pick your teammate. It was a revolution for the game, and saw many players out-and-out abandon Career Mode for the new mode.

McLaren in F1 2020
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We expect to see plenty of improvements, changes, and upgrades to My Team in its second year. However, that could come with a complete jettisoning of Career Mode.

It will be interesting to see how Codemasters divvy up their resources this year and it will tell us a lot about the future of the franchise.

Drivers

F1 2020 introduced the Driver Market. It allowed My Team players to sign current F1 and F2 drivers, giving them contract values and ratings.

Codemasters are obviously limited by their licencing agreements, but it would be great to see the Driver Market expand to include former-F1 drivers like Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez should he miss out on a seat.

There are also young drivers like Nyck de Vries and potentially Callum Ilott who wouldn't be in the 2021 Driver Market under the current system. We'd love that to change.

Tracks

The F1 2021 calendar has been released in its provisional form.

It's a return to the expected format, including trips to Australia, North & South America, and the far east.

One addition has been made to make it a 23-race season, a new street circuit in Jeddah. No one knows what that circuit will look like, but we know Codemasters will create it in the game.

Williams & Renault in Austria in F1 2020
NEW TARMAC: Will fans get the chance to race on new circuits?

There is also one spot on the calendar that is open after the withdrawal of Vietnam. Fans are hopeful it could be a return to Malaysia, but Codies will also include whatever track ends up filling that spot. But what else could they include?

We're pretty sure they will keep the usual "short" versions of Britain, Bahrain, USA, and Japan. But the inclusion of the 2020 tracks is what fans really want. This could come in the way of an "Ultimate Edition" or an extra DLC, but we'd all love Portimao, Imola, and Mugello to be added.