Codemasters’ F1 games are getting an early start this year, with the company announcing that F1 2019 will release on Friday 28th June, a full two months earlier than the late August releases of the last few years. Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, it will be ready to play in time for the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.
In a fascinating move, they’ve also worked directly with the F1 technical team, headed up by Ross Brawn and Pat Symonds to determine the future technical regulations of the sport. This has led to Codemasters being able to include a 2019 regulation car, in addition to all the cars from the 10 teams in the sport. It can be used with a range of liveries and be raced online.
Codies have always had a problem with releasing far too late in the season to really feel relevant and catch the early excitement that a Formula 1 season can bring, and previously promised that they would shift it earlier in the season, but eventually only managed to shift from September to August. They say that F1 2019 has been in development for nearly two years, and this may have had a part in being able to bring it forward.
Paul Jeal, F1® Franchise Director at Codemasters said, “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.”
Source: press release