Codemasters and their new overlords at EA have announced that F1 2021 will be coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Friday 16th July 2021.
F1 2021 will feature all of the teams, drivers and circuits from the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, bringing with it a brand-new story mode, a two-player career mode and a trio of brand new circuits. The caveat is that these three tracks – Portimão, Imola, and Jeddah – will arrive as free post-launch content.
Unlike the last generational jump in 2013, Codemasters are right on the ball this time around with their first game after the console release making the leap, promising a visual uplift and faster loading times on the new PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles. The game will be a fully cross-gen release with Xbox Smart Delivery giving buyers both Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One versions of the game, and free upgrades from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5.
The new story mode is called Braking Point, seeing players rising from the ranks of Formula 2 to take their shot in the world of Formula 1. The goal is to spice this up with rivalries and channel the emotion and the amount of dedication needed to compete and succeed. Devon Butler will be returning from F1 2019, presumably to act as the fictional racer rival.
“Braking Point is an exciting innovation that has been years in the making. We are proud to expand the game experience and allow players to live the highs and lows of life in Formula 1 both on and off the track,” said Lee Mather, Franchise Game Director at Codemasters. “Braking Point transforms the game and puts players centre stage in the greatest racing spectacle on the planet.”
Alongside that you have the full on Career mode, with a new option to race with two players online. That can be co-operatively from the same team or different teams to compete. Career mode also has a new Real-Season Start, which will let you pick up the real world season with real driver and constructor standings.
Previous game features that will return are the driver-manager My Team, two-player split-screen, shorter season options for F1 and F2, esports and accessible handling.
Source: press release