Today Codemaster and EA Sports jointly reached out with a press release to announce F1 2021.
The game will be released for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on Friday, July 16, 2021 marking the debut of the popular racing series on next-gen consoles.
On top of that, free upgrades to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S (via Smart Delivery) will be available for those who purchase the old-gen versions.
Below you can watch the announcement trailer and read the first details.
Introducing a brand-new story mode, expanded Career mode with two-player option, and three new circuits, Portimão, Imola, and Jeddah, available to all players as free post-launch content, F1 2021 gives players more ways to feel the emotion of competing at the highest level in the pinnacle of motorsport. F1 2021, the official videogame of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, and the first to be published by EA SPORTS will be available worldwide on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.
In Braking Point, the brand-new story mode, players take on an epic journey, as they rise from the ranks of Formula 2 to a shot at stardom in the world of Formula 1. It immerses players into the glamorous world of F1, giving a taste of the lifestyle both on and off the track: the rivalries, emotion and dedication needed to compete at the highest level. It also re-introduces players to the much-maligned Devon Butler, who makes his return having debuted in F1 2019.
F1 2021 expands its iconic Career mode with a new two-player option that allows friends to join online and play co-operatively or choose different teams and take rivalries to the track in synchronous race sessions. Each driver has complete control over their assists, allowing players of all levels to come together and compete. Career mode also introduces Real-Season Start, enabling players to begin at any point in the season with real-time driver and constructor standings.
Across all formats, returning features include driver-manager experience My Team, two-player split-screen, shorter season options for both F1 and F2, esports integration and accessible menus and handling. For the first time, F1 2021 comes to Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, boasting a visual uplift and faster loading times.
The press release also included a comment by Lee Mather, Franchise Game Director at Codemasters.
“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.
Braking Point transforms the game and puts players centre stage in the greatest racing spectacle on the planet.”
Paul Jeal, F1 Senior Franchise Director at Codemasters, also commented.
“We are creating more choice and new ways to play. Real-Season Start allows players to align their career to the F1 season. The addition of two-player Career brings new challenges to the iconic game mode. Players can now choose to play co-operatively and share in the success or compete and strive for personal glory.”
Those who pre-order the game will receive the Braking Point Content Pack, including a set of exclusive in-game items inspired by the fictional stars of the new story experience, and 5,000 PitCoins.
Those who purchase the Digital Deluxe edition will receive seven yet unannounced iconic F1 drivers for use in the My Team mode complete with customisation content, 18,000 PitCoins, the Braking Point Content Pack mentioned above, and three days of early access.