With Codemasters’ F1 2020 is coming out this July, the studio are starting to show us more and more new features and content coming into the game. Today’s trailer gives us a first look at Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands, with the returning Dutch Grand Prix having been due to take place this weekend on 3rd May. Of course…. that ain’t happening.
It’s a strange time for licensed sporting games right now. None of the real sports are taking place, and yet here we are with digital recreations of them like nothing has happened. The Dutch GP is one of seven races currently listed as being “postponed” by the sport’s governing bodies, with a further three already having been cancelled outright due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Still, this game will give us the ability to play out what might have been, when the game is released in July, and will offer us the newly refurbished Circuit Zandvoort alongside the completely new Vietnamese Grand Prix in Hanoi.
Sadly the game’s release date probably precludes the stopgap esports events that Formula 1 are hosting from visiting these circuits either. These events have featured a number of the younger F1 racers battling it out against racers from other categories, esports racers, and even sportsmen from golf and cricket, but have been taking place in the F1 2019 game. They’re hosting another virtual race this weekend, but with no Zandvoort in last year’s game, they’re holding it on the digital Interlagos circuit in Brazil.
With these new tracks (and all the returning ones), you’ll be able to race in an expanded career mode. The headline new feature is the new My Team, where you can create and manage a custom team for the first time in Codemasters’ series, building on the custom liveries you could create for online racing in F1 2019. You can take this in to race alongside the 10 real world teams in the Career mode, which now lets you choose between a full 22 race season or shorter 16 or 10 race seasons that might end up accidentally closer to any real 2020 season we get to see.
You can enjoy all of this in two-player split-screen, which have mixed difficulty options so that you can customise the experience for each player, and you can obviously race in either F1 or the returning F2, which debuted in last year’s game.
F1 2020 is out on 10th July for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia.
Source: press release