Still no sign of a new F1 video game

Formula One 2006 PS2

It looks as though Formula 1 fans will have to make do without an official F1 video game again in 2008.

According to Pitpass discussions between Bernie Ecclestone and Sony (previous holders of the F1 franchise) have reached a dead end. Sony previously paid $15m per year for the rights to the game.

Ecclestone’s entire approach to marketing F1 in this way is utterly hopeless and shows how badly out of touch he is with F1’s fan base. Fans have been asking for months when a new F1 game is going to appear.

Giving Sony exclusive rights to the F1 franchise guaranteed that the F1 name was shackled to an inferior product – Sony’s last F1 games in 2005 and 2006 were distinctly underwhelming with little detail or depth.

Worse, only Sony PlayStation owners could play them, locking out millions of Xbox and PC owners.

Let’s get three things straight about an F1 racing game:

First: it has to be available across platforms. What has F1 got to gain from shunning Xbox/PC/Wii owners? Nothing. So you have to question whether Sony are the right people for the job.

Second: it has to be really good – not just the F1 graphics slapped on a basic racing engine, which it was the Sony games felt like. It should be more like Gran Turismo in terms of driving feel – distinctly arcade but with more realistic leanings than, say, Colin McRae.

Third – and most importantly – it has to arrive soon. So Ecclestone, stop quibbling over the pennies and get the franchise sold. F1 is at a point of transition with many of the fans drawn to the sport by Michael Schumacher leaving – in their place will come newer, younger fans following drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica. F1 has to capitalise on that.

In the meantime I’m sticking with the rFactor 1979 F1 season. Bliss.

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36 comments on Still no sign of a new F1 video game

  1. hoshiyar said on 17th April 2008, 15:32

    the only game i could find for myself was EA F1 2002. Its my first game and its pretty decent though i am not a very good player and i learnt a lot about the car handling through the game. i hope we can have a new game as soon as possible… its been a long time playing f12002. may be they can give it to EA they make decent products…and it can they be across platforms as well..

  2. You want a realistic F1 game?

    Oh great, 1:30 races with no overtaking other than the pits.

    I hope Poliphony Digital gets the rights and include all cars in GT5.

    EA decent games?? I can’t believe somebody said this…

  3. Ari said on 19th April 2008, 7:31

    Yes, it’s amazing that GP4 is STILL clearly the best F1 game. To be honest we wouldn’t need much more than a proper facelift with it.I still enjoy this game a lot.How about GP5 Geoff ?
    Also Race07 is pretty good…although that’s not a F1 game as well as RBR for rally fans !

    Cheers Another Flying Finn

  4. Stewart said on 5th May 2008, 6:49

    I just pray to the Lord that the next F1 game is out on all concoles because it is unfair that a very larg number of F1 fans cant play the game because they do not have Ps3’s

  5. Yh there is a new F1 game coming out in 2009 bcoz sony r no longer making the video game it is code masters i thnk tht has the rights to make it

  6. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 27th August 2008, 17:09

    Adam – yep, details here: Codemasters 2009 F1 game

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