AHEAD OF THIS WEEKEND’S SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX, F1 2014 VIDEO GAME 'HOT LAP' GAMEPLAY BELOW SHOWS DRAMATIC SINGAPORE CIRCUIT LIT UP AT NIGHT
Singapore made FORMULA ONE history when it hosted the sport’s first night race in 2008, and the hot lap video shows the 23 turn circuit set around the Marina Bay dramatically lit up by floodlights. The circuit is a true test of stamina and concentration for drivers, taking place on enclosed streets and is the longest race on the calendar, taking nearly two hours to complete in real time.
The 2014 FORMULA ONE season has seen the most seismic rule changes in the sport’s 60 year history, including new turbocharged power units and new aerodynamics, which combine to place more emphasis on racing skill and control in cars with more explosive power delivery but less downforce than previous seasons. All but two teams have changed their driver line-ups and new circuits have been added to the roster. Players will experience how 2014’s radically different new cars feel to drive and how race strategy has changed as the season, cars, circuits and teams are authentically recreated.
F1 2014 also delivers a range of new gameplay modes and enhancements to create the most accessible FORMULA 1 video game from Codemasters® to date. A new driver evaluation system quickly identifies a gamer’s ability and tunes game settings to an appropriate level, whilst re-graded difficulty settings enable players to compete at incrementally higher levels as they become more experienced. The new Very Easy difficulty level is the most accessible yet for new players and a range of shorter game modes and career options cater for absolute novices who simply want a fun and quick
At the other end of the spectrum, experienced gamers who enjoy a more serious simulation of the demands placed upon FORMULA ONE drivers can customise their settings to provide a true challenge. Expanded game modes, new career options and multiplayer modes extended by RaceNet further enhance F1 2014’s recreation of the world of FORMULA ONE for long-established fans and newcomers to the series.
F1 2014 includes the full FORMULA ONE circuit roster, including the new 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX set to be held at the stunning Sochi Autodrom, and the return of Austria’s Spielberg circuit which brings a classic track with dramatic changes in elevation back to top level motorsport after over a decade’s absence. This season also sees the return of the famous driver’s favourite Hockenheimring to the calendar, and players will also experience THE BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX which was held as a night race for the first time in 2014, including its full day to night transition.
The introduction of turbochargers to the cars this year has increased both overtaking opportunities and the demands placed on drivers, as huge amounts of torque are unleashed under acceleration from these entirely new power units. The turbochargers require greater throttle control than before and F1 2014 players will experience the dramatic effect in handling the world’s most advanced racing cars.
Choose of hardware explained
F1 2014 will not be hitting the XboxOne or PS4 this year but will remain on current gen machines and PC. F1 2014 will be introduced to the PS4 and XboxOne early 2015.
Codemasters community manager Luke Spring revealed that next year's installment has been built using a next-generation graphics engine, from the ground up to give gamers the best racing experience ever for PS4 and Xbox One.
"We are making a next gen game! And most importantly we're writing a brand new engine to go with it," he said in a blog post. "The entire game experience is being re-engineered from the ground up and that's why it wasn't possible to release this year.
"Rest assured though, in addition to improvements in the physics, AI, and graphics, the game will launch much earlier in the Formula One season, and will then go onto receive a number of digital updates throughout the year!"
A specific release date for F1 2015 is yet to be announced. Are you a racer? Will you be grabbing this crystal clear racer?