Codemasters get F1 license

catisfit

Novice Member
Well that's the end of decent F1 sims.

Formula One is to have its first official computer game in more than two years next season following the capture of a new official licencing deal with British gaming company Codemasters, autosport.com can reveal.

With Sony having published the most recent official F1 game last summer, based on the 2006 season and available only on PlayStation consoles, Codemasters' deal will see F1 return to a multiformat platform for the first time in many years.

The game is set to be available on all major home consoles, as well as handheld and PC gaming formats.

After weeks of discussion between Codemasters and Formula One Administration, it is anticipated that the company will produce the first game next year, based on the 2009 F1 season. This will be the first game that Lewis Hamilton will appear in.

Rod Cousens, chief executive officers of Codemasters, said: "Formula One is ambitious in expanding its reach with more circuits planned beyond recent additions in the Middle East and China. It is also ambitious in expanding its reach via technology.

"The digital communities that computer and video gaming creates will play a key role in further growing the F1 audience and connecting them globally.

"As a world-leading creator of driving games, this alliance with F1 is the jewel in Codemasters' racing crown and creates an undisputed segment champion."

Chris Deering, chairman of Codemasters, added: "Codemasters' success and recent innovations in the racing game space makes the company more than appropriately tuned for the challenge.

"The combination of F1's new momentum of expansion and Codemasters' contemporary technology and past experience is the breaking of a new dawn for the sport, on the track and on the HD game screen."

Codemasters Studios has already begun preparations for the major task of creating the new game, by strengthening their team with personnel from the now defunct Sega Racing Studio.

There are 350 people working on the project, which will be based on the EGO Engine that Codemasters has put to good use on the Colin McRae: DIRT and soon-to-be-released Race Driver: GRID titles.
 

Zeromajor

Well-known Member
The same engine as dirt and grid? :rolleyes:

Mind you, there's a small beacon of hope with ex-sega racing team members being on board.
 

Mickus

Well-known Member
oh no :(, why sony letting it go , i dont get it
Because the 2003-2007 licence fee cost Sony $200 million dollars and Mr 'Wiggie' Ecclestone wants more than that for another 4 year deal.

So if you're after a F1 game that runs at 60fps and doesn't look like there's Vaseline smeared over the screen whilst chugging along at sub 30fps - go out and get F1:CE. Because it could be the last decent F1 game on the PS3 for some time to come.... :rolleyes:
 

Schumi 01

Well-known Member
Bad news that, i expect they will americanise the game. :thumbsdow Also i expect to see F1 cars in drifting races, make beleive tracks. RIP F1. :rolleyes:
 

kBm

Distinguished Member
TOCA series has got elements of Formula racing (what ever the type of forumula) so i think it may be a good thing. Since GRID is shaping up good - its another good thing. :D

Why, there hasn't been a descent F1 game on the Playstation platform since F1 1997! :eek: That was on the PS1. You could choose a very strategic race, heavy fuel and a slow car that got faster as it lost fuel, but the tyres degraded at the same time.

ahh, memories!:D
 

CurlyPutz

Novice Member
Codemasters have not created a good racinggame in many years IMO, GRID and DIRT and both cac, what a shame they now have F1 rights too.
 

catisfit

Novice Member
It will be interesting to see what happens with the EA/Lewis Hamilton thing - it's quite possible that the game will feature a Lennox Bacontown :D

Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge - Ayrton Sendup, Nijel Mainsail and Alain Phosphate :clap:
 
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Deleted member 92943

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I thought this has been known for quite a while after SONY sid there wasn't any money to be made in the franchise.

At least it's not like Microsoft who have major Franchises like Halo, PGR ect and all the developers for them have left:rotfl:
 

museumsteve

Distinguished Member
poo...I was gutted to read about using the DiRT/GRiD engine but then F1 games are very different from saloon car racing games. An F1 car can stop on a dime (like a BMW in GRiD) so that could be a good thing, also the cars are light (like a BMW in GRiD) and what's more if you play GRiD ion bumper cam the sense of speed is phenomenal (like an F1 car)..

I'm a bit excited..and I loved Indy Race League on Xbox and adored Super Speed Racing on Dreamcast by Sega..lol
 

dgjlee

Novice Member
Slightly off topic. Its a real shame that Codemasters have developed such a crap reputation for games. I remember the days when the Codies pumped out loads of great games.. Dizzy, Micromachines, Original Colin Mcrae, Toca etc..... They used to have such a great reputation but they are loosing it fast. Shame.
 

catisfit

Novice Member
No i havent. Only got as far as the demo....

I can't invest the time anymore that is needed into getting the most out of F1 games, apart from learning the track, you need to be able to drive either 1/2 or full distance races to get proper satisfaction.

Saying that, i may impulse buy if a see a cheap pre owned copy.
I'd recommend it, I had a couple of the PS2 F1 games and they were nothing special, but F1CE was a huge improvement and I still return to it even though it's now 2 seasons out of date. Well worth picking up :smashin:
 

museumsteve

Distinguished Member
Slightly off topic. Its a real shame that Codemasters have developed such a crap reputation for games. I remember the days when the Codies pumped out loads of great games.. Dizzy, Micromachines, Original Colin Mcrae, Toca etc..... They used to have such a great reputation but they are loosing it fast. Shame.

Commercialisation mate, at the end of the day they have to make money. Codies have never really cracked the US gaming marketplace so they need to start appealing to a wider audience. Things like CMR and ToCA were never gonna be big stateside hence the move to DiRT and GRiD
 
NO, NO, NO NO, :rolleyes:

Why god, why. This game will suck big time all it will be is Dirt or GetRID with F1 skins, total sub par arcade game with bumper cars that float on water.

(read the next bit in a American accent! for full effect)

I can just hear the in game announcer now as the camera pans to 12th place on the grid before the race starts,- " Come on Lewis man, You can do this! just get a sweet start and 1st place is yours man. You can take em"

And after bumping straight up to first place after first bend,:mad: you are treated to this from your pit crew,- " Wow, want a awesome move man, you got this, your THE man. Hold your place now and your taking home the points."

And after finishing a cut down full F1 race, A total of 4 laps, you know just to make it appeal to all American arcade fans you get this from DJ atomica,-
"Congratulations, You held your nerve and took the points, YOU ARE the man, now on to the next race to show em how its done, boo ya!."

Dear god.:cool:
 

Praxidike

Banned
Hang on a minute - has anyone ever played a Sony F1 game?

I'm delighted it's going to anyone other than Sony - they may actually do a decent job of it, and it won't be limited to one platform. I'm pleased I'll finally get to play an F1 game after years of waiting.

And the DiRT engine is pretty good - there may actually be damage in an F1 game this time, rather than hurtling towards a wall at 200mph and your front wing simply falling off and you continue to race.
 

chippyteaforme

Well-known Member
Hang on a minute - has anyone ever played a Sony F1 game?

I'm delighted it's going to anyone other than Sony - they may actually do a decent job of it, and it won't be limited to one platform. I'm pleased I'll finally get to play an F1 game after years of waiting.

And the DiRT engine is pretty good - there may actually be damage in an F1 game this time, rather than hurtling towards a wall at 200mph and your front wing simply falling off and you continue to race.
Agree 100%, I'm interested to see how this move pans out, and to be honest, from the F1 sims I used to play, I'd like to think Codies will make a huge improvement in the genre.

People who assume that using one 'game engine' means that all games will handle the same haven't got a bloody clue, and shouldn't really be allowed to voice their valueless opinions.

Look at Rockstar's 'RAGE' (Rockstar Advanced Game Engine). Used in 'Rockstar Presents : Table Tennis', and also 'Grand Theft Auto IV'. I think that's a good example.
 

Hubba-EX

Well-known Member
Because the 2003-2007 licence fee cost Sony $200 million dollars and Mr 'Wiggie' Ecclestone wants more than that for another 4 year deal.

So if you're after a F1 game that runs at 60fps and doesn't look like there's Vaseline smeared over the screen whilst chugging along at sub 30fps - go out and get F1:CE. Because it could be the last decent F1 game on the PS3 for some time to come.... :rolleyes:
F1:CE runs at 30fps.
 

catisfit

Novice Member
Hang on a minute - has anyone ever played a Sony F1 game? ... I'm pleased I'll finally get to play an F1 game after years of waiting.
By your own admission, you haven't. :rolleyes: Thanks for criticising it without playing it, but I think the general consensus is that F1CE was a really good game.

People who assume that using one 'game engine' means that all games will handle the same haven't got a bloody clue, and shouldn't really be allowed to voice their valueless opinions.

Look at Rockstar's 'RAGE' (Rockstar Advanced Game Engine). Used in 'Rockstar Presents : Table Tennis', and also 'Grand Theft Auto IV'. I think that's a good example.
I think it's more the car simulation aspect of the engine rather than the graphics that people assume will be similar. Having said that I found the car simulation in Table Tennis left a lot to be desired :rolleyes:
 

Praxidike

Banned
By your own admission, you haven't. :rolleyes: Thanks for criticising it without playing it, but I think the general consensus is that F1CE was a really good game.
Everybody must've been playing a different game to the one I was playing then. The only thing I did like about that game was the rain effects.

By my own admission? What? And here, have your eyes back: :rolleyes:


CurlyPutz[/quote said:
Dude, you hit a wall at 200 miles an hour in the current PS3 F1 game = race over!
I exaggerated a bit! The damage doesn't feel realistic though, it may put you out of the race, but it isn't very visible.
 

HRF1T2007

Well-known Member
:rolleyes: this is the worst news for F1 gaming

multi platformed ports with shoddy development for ps3 rushed out to make a buck
with Lewis Hamilton:boring:on the cover see it now whats the betting there will be no
1- driver edit (for all the comings and goings)
2- unrealstic driving etc (no sim)
3- pit stops interactive
4- realistic variable weather conditions that effect the car
5- tyre wear and realistic set ups ie heavy fuel etc ect
6- Safety Car

Guarantee to be in the game

1- smart arsed Lewis Hamilton on all the splash screens
2- American voice overs
3- rubbish comentary
4- make your F1 car act like a hovercraft
5- Force India cars winning races
6- Twitchy uncrontrolable cars

as you can tell not impressed with the prospect at all, but i am willing to be surprised if they can do it :rolleyes:

The chance is open to make the best F1 game dont waste it Codemasters: duck mind that flying pig
 

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