F1 Manager 2022 will still receive multiple bug fixes & patches – support not ending [Updated]

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Update: Frontier has issued a statement addressing the reporting that the next F1 Manager 2022 update would be its last. In fact, there are multiple updates in the works, aiming to address many complaints and issues within the game. There will simply not be any “new significant gameplay features” within those updates.

Though it’s perhaps still not clear the scope of the updates coming down the track, this means issues with unlapping cars could be fixed.

Here’s the official clarification in full by F1 Manager Community Manager Chris Groves:

Hey everyone,

It looks like there are some crossed wires within Frontier in relation to F1 Manager 2022.

To be crystal clear: we will continue to support F1 Manager 2022, with multiple updates currently in the pipeline, focused on addressing the most important topics raised by the community.  

This continues with our upcoming update, which includes a number of changes and improvements, including resolving issues around Estimated Race Time calculations and fuel usage in Qualifying sessions, as well as additional updates, where required, focusing solely on improving your experience and addressing more player reports.

Yesterday’s post was to explain that the addition of any new significant gameplay features for F1 Manager 2022 requested by players would not be possible, but this was not clear.

Everyone on the F1 Manager 2022 team remains focused on further improving the game, and your feedback is the driving force behind that. Thank you for your support, and we’ll be in touch with a status update as soon as possible.

Our original story:

Frontier Developments has announced that the next update for F1 Manager 2022 will be the last to bring any significant feature changes and improvements. Coming just two months after the game’s release in August so that the studio can shift focus to making next year’s game, this has the fanbase incensed.

F1 Manager Community Manager Chris Groves explained on Reddit, “This next update for F1 Manager 2022 will be the last significant update that addresses player-reported feedback, or suggested changes and additions. Any potential updates following this would be minor patches that do not noticeably affect gameplay. To ensure upcoming F1 Manager projects realise their potential and meet the expectations of both our team and our community, the development team’s focus must move fully onto projects beyond F1 Manager 2022, after this upcoming update.”

While it’s understandable that Frontier will have to move onto the next game in what the company hopes to be a yearly franchise, it’s quite shocking that it is so soon after the release of the game. It’s before the end of the 2022 F1 championship, and there’s some bugs and issues that players highlighted for things like DRS not working quite right, unlapping under the Safety Car, AI imbalance, and more. Car unlapping has already been ruled out as being too big for the minor patches in future

The final feature update for F1 Manager 2022 will still be a significant one, though. It will overhaul the car models in-game to better represent the real world cars, and there’s highlighted fixes for fuel usage during Qualifying and ‘Estimated Race Time’ calculations. You would have to hope that these aren’t the full extent of the changes, and that the full patch notes will address some of the outstanding complaints from users, but there’s a disconnect between this announcement and deeper details of the final update that are leaving a lot of threads dangling, and leaving the community incensed.

Looking back at F1 Manager 2022’s release, Tom said, “while it may not have captured all the exciting and dynamic elements of Formula 1, it’s an enjoyable experience in its own right.”

Source: Reddit

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