Good news, bad news: Codemasters to make 2009 F1 video game

Formula One 2006 PS2

Formula 1 will finally get a new video game title in 2009, three years since the last official F1 game made by Sony. Formula One Management were reported to be demanding up to $200m for the rights.

First, the good news: the game won’t be exclusive to a single machine, and is expected to be available for ‘major home consoles’ (presumably PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii), PC and other formats. This is very important and I’m sure Codemasters’ expertise in producing cross-format titles helped them win the contract over the likes of Sony.

But the news isn’t all good I’m afraid.

The game will apparently be based on Codemasters’ EGO Engine software which powers Colin McRae: DIRT and the Race Driver series including the forthcoming title “Race Driver: GRID”.

I’ve not been very impressed with the recent versions of either of these games. The last Race Driver game had am impressive breadth of racing disciplines and circuits, but didn’t give a realistic impression of any of them.

The last Colin McRae game went for much the same approach: loads of different series and tracks but very short events, unconvincing physics and no depth.

I don’t want to pre-judge the new game before it comes out and Codemasters have made some excellent racing games in the past. Earlier instalments of both these series such as Colin McRae Rally 2 and TOCA 2 were excellent because they were chiefly based on a single discipline (world Rally Cars and British Touring Cars respectively).

Hopefully Codemasters will produce a 2009 F1 game closer to these classic titles and not just some disposable, short attention span trash that doesn’t deserve to have the F1 logo on it.

What do you want from a new F1 game?

I listed “make a decent F1 game” in the “Ten jobs for Bernie Ecclestone to do” article last year. Click here to read the other nine points on his “to-do” list.

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79 comments on Good news, bad news: Codemasters to make 2009 F1 video game

  1. Oh, I’ve been playing rFactor (thanks for the heads up, everyone that mentioned it) and downloaded and installed the F1 1979 add-on and: I’ve never been so humiliated in my life, I’m 8 seconds off the pace! That’s ridiculous!

    Even in Grand Prix Legends I managed to get on with it much faster, and never were (except in Nurburgring perhaps) that slow.

    But to drive that T4 with number 12 on it is such a joy! Volume at maximum of course.

  2. rshrews said on 16th May 2008, 20:36

    Needs to be as close to GP Legends and Grand Prix series as possible. Variable weather is nice but cars should be realistic, utilize the actual circuits with a platform that will allow for mods. If its good it will draw a cult like Legends.

  3. have the same graphics as f1 championship edition ,and have the drivers switched around like they do .also the punching of the fist as they speed past the finish line that be real cool

  4. a everyone i still think f1 championship edition is the best racing game ive ever played even online .me against the world no match. me from new zealand bring it

  5. James said on 11th July 2008, 0:16

    this is disgusting! what are sony playing at? codemasters will ruin the f1 series. this has always been the best racer out under sony. now we’ll get a game where the physics are so bad u can go round monoco at 200mph- in the rain

  6. Hazza said on 31st July 2008, 20:41

    it wud be gud if you could to a warm up lap walm up your tires before the race starts and it would be cool if you could make ur drivers wave to the crowd wen they have crossed the finnish line it wud also be cool if wen you crash a crane wud get ur car off the track thanx for reading toodles

  7. Hazza said on 31st July 2008, 20:44

    me again
    it betta have a safety car in better graphics of the track danage on car nd also the driver

  8. Rocker said on 6th August 2008, 21:29

    Make an F1 game the best damn that u can.
    Beyond Forza 2 graphics,
    and lots of new Rockn’Roll music.
    Lots of custom color paints for cars.
    Force feedback heavy of course.
    and be sure there is a 3rd person view
    and driver seat view.
    And dont make the damn thing tiny,
    i hate that. Make it extra large proramming.
    80 percent of the screen is the car in
    driver view mode.
    And if u cannot do it right,
    send it to ea,
    they did an awesome job with
    f1 2001.
    Dont do a half ass job like indycar 2005.
    i hated that.
    laters,
    R.
    Remember the paint has to glisten,
    the sounds realistic,
    the competition mildly agressive,
    the wheels have to look real,
    and the scenery has to be super amazing.
    the levels have to be selectable.
    and it should save with ease.
    custom paintjobs too.
    and customize the car too.
    upgrade motors, upgrade tiresize, etc.
    and replay videos in hidef.
    infact the whole damn game must be in ultra hidef.
    if u cant do it,
    send it ea, because they can.

  9. Rocker said on 6th August 2008, 21:34

    and make sure u put it on xbox 360 and ps3.
    please.
    and dont forget,
    call it Indycar 2009.
    do better than that
    next year and call it Indycar 2010.
    Indycar makes more sense than saying
    f1. F1 sounds like you are ordering food.
    I’ll take the f1. u want fries with that….
    serious, call it indycar.
    it makes more sense that way.

  10. Rocker said on 6th August 2008, 21:39

    Forza 2 has an f1 indycar, but its sooooo unmodifiable,
    and i hated that, but it plays well.
    jus incase u didnt know its towards the far right
    on the f series of cars.
    if u already
    have the game, u can try the indycar for free.
    problem is its not customizable.
    graphics are great though.

  11. Rocker said on 6th August 2008, 21:43

    I know ea’s f1 01 works on x360
    i havent tried f1 02 nor f1 career challenge.
    those might work too, i jus dont know about that.
    but the f1 01 has the driver seat view
    and it runs smoothly very fast on x360.

    and f1 01 has preset colors of cars u can choose from
    orange, green, blue, black, yellow.

    so that gives u options on the color of your f1 car.
    which is cool.

  12. the game should include more and realsitic accidents and mistakes done by the “computer-drien” cars and in particular saftycar-phases sould be included,too.

  13. physics, physics, physics, graphics are to a point we;re you can hardly tell if is a real video footage or a game(sim.) if you get it right you can make up to a billion in revenue, have coding for 2012 upgrade and charge but have new updates for graphics etc etc. similar to iracing.com it is expensive but good dammed it the sure did a great job.

    create online competition with prizes have f1 sponsor it.

    have f1 simulators stores around the world. etcetc.. peace

  14. A new F1 game should be all about realism and simulation in my opinion. The formula one franchise has been progressing well over the years under the direction of Sony, and the fact that Codemasters has won the right to create a new Formula One franchise scares me immensely – especially after having played their most recent driving game “Race Driver:GRID”. From a simulation racers’ perspective this is one of the worst racing experiences since Electronic Arts tried their hand at creating a Formula One game back in 2003 – simply awful. I know that Codemasters is capable of creating brilliant racing titles, ie/ TOCA Race Driver & Colin McRae Rally – however their last attempts have left a lot to be desired. The simulation game that is streets ahead of any competition (including GT5p) at the moment is System 3’s Ferrari Challenge. I cannot stress enough the fact that someone at Codemasters NEEDS to study the physics engine in this game if they are to produce a successful racing title because this is the defining simulation game of the current age in terms of realism and simulation. The graphics are not brilliant, but when you have produced a game with physics of this quality the graphics are easy to forgive. I can only hope that I’m am proved wrong in regards to Codemasters taking the reins on this one.

  15. Never played Ferrari Challenge myself, but from the videos: isn’t that an arcade? I really don’t see a simulation anywhere.

  16. Ferrari Challenge definitely isn’t an arcade game – play it and you’ll find out. It’s like Forza 2 and GT4p rolled into one, only much better than both of them – only problem is that you can only drive Ferrari’s.

  17. i think the game should be on ps3 only and when is it coming out the new one

  18. i want f1 2009 have anything that all the others metioed…i want to know and something else…in how many months or years i d be able to play it????

  19. it s me again (before i meant mentioned)i want something else i d like the game be for ps2 and pc not only for ps3 thank you

  20. Chris Findlay said on 29th September 2008, 15:20

    Ideally they would release it on the ps2,but i can understand them following the trend of leaving old consoles in the past.
    ive been eagerly anticapating this news and want to thank this site for notifying me that the long wait is finally over!
    id like to suggest the following things on the upcoming codemasters f1 game: Manager mode, Reaslistic sound and graphics, all tracks and drivers, Real life pit stops.
    i realise that all sounds simple but i think its important to get the basics right and not get too complicated!
    Thanks codemasters!
    p.s lewis for the title he deserves :)

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