Hold on to your halos because F1 2018 has been given a release date, along with a few heart revving teasers that have got this writer excited. It’s just a shame about that logo…
The Formula One video game has become the FIFA of the track as we sofa lurchers dream of becoming World Champion. Whether you are a seasoned racer, able to keep your tyres in tip top condition from start to finish, or a beginner needing a little ABS and traction control to stay on track, this yearly series really does cater for all.
Personally, the game reached its height in 2013 when the studio introduced classic cars to the series. In the years that followed, this mode got the chop until it was revived, with great success, last year. Fortunately it looks like that positive feedback was heard loud and clear as it is set to reappear in F1 2018.
“We are also adding more classic cars,” Paul Jeal, F1 Franchise Director, said.
And it sounds like we’ll get a say on which iconic chassis make the cut as he added,
“Again listening to our fans as to which of the historical F1 cars they would most like to virtually drive next.”
The career mode has also been expanded, “with the return of a highly requested feature back into the franchise.” I for one am hoping for the Young Drivers Test to be making a comeback. Not only was it a good introduction to the car’s handling and basic racing know how, but it was also a realistic start to the game where your performance determined your initial seat options.
I can’t avoid the holier than thou elephant in the room, aka the halo device, which is surely going to divide opinion as it makes its virtual debut. But we’ll have to hold judgement until we see the finished product. Perhaps it’ll be a check box option that we can turn off. After all it doesn’t offer much protection in the safety of our own homes, though it will be a welcome addition for a realistic playthrough.
There’s no denying that Codemasters has succeeded where many others fail – they’ve delivered a realistic, technical and enjoyable experience regardless of your skill level or sporting knowledge. Long may it continue.
F1 2018 hits the grid on August 24th, which is just in time for the Belgian round of the real world season. Stay tuned for further information.
Which classic car are you hoping to post a flying lap with? I wouldn’t mind seeing a Jordan in the garage, though I don’t know if I own a bold enough shirt…