Codemasters to release free online F1 game in 2012

2011 F1 season

Codemasters will launch a new, free online F1 game in the first quarter of next year.

F1 Online: The Game will allow players to both manage a team and drive the cars in a season of F1.

The full 2011 season including all the drivers, teams and cars will be recreated. They will be able to create their own team, design its livery, and manage the commercial, research, production and race crew side of the team.

The game will use Codemasters’ Unity game engine and be available for PC and Mac formats.

David Solari, the vice-president of Codemasters Online, said: “Formula 1 is a proven major games brand that resonates with players on a global level and is recognised as one the biggest sports licenses in videogames.

“As the worldwide gaming market evolves, 2012 is the perfect time to extend this series to the free-to-play market.

“Building on the commercial and critical success of our high-definition Formula 1 games, this is an exciting opportunity to bring our passion for the sport and our expertise in racing to a new audience.

“With a bespoke design for accessible browser play, F1 Online: The Game is a perfect complimentary experience to the HD series and will appeal to a broad spectrum of Formula 1?σΤιΌΤδσs millions of fans worldwide.”

F1 Online: The Game images

Codemasters will release F1 2011 on September 23rd for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Buy / pre-order F1 2011 for Sony PlayStation 3
Buy / pre-order F1 2011 for Microsoft Xbox 360

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82 comments on Codemasters to release free online F1 game in 2012

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  1. SoLiDG (@solidg) said on 12th August 2011, 11:11

    That is exciting!

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th August 2011, 11:14

    Very interesting, something like a F2P online racing community? Where you can buy things to keep going? Or free with the hope of getting more ppl to buy the F1 game.

    Looking forward to see what this will amount to.

    • infy (@infy) said on 12th August 2011, 11:45

      It depends on quality. F1 2010 was already very arcade by sim racers standards. I suspect the online mode will be even more dumbed down.

      • Cluffy_Wedge said on 16th August 2011, 1:35

        I just bought F1 2010 and it is AWESOME. Monte Carlo is insanely difficult to do a good lap on. Spent a whole hour’s practice session, still couldn’t get it quite right, way off. I love the game just for that, coupled with the Top Gear laps where they were scared as hell in hot hatches it makes you realize the sheer craziness of what they do, which often becomes trivialized on TV. Plus I have not played another racing game where beating AI is so exciting and a momentous occasion.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 12th August 2011, 14:47

      These promotional images show cars in low definition, and the features missing here in comparison to F1 2011 seem to be a lot, obviously with the extra feature of team management. I think this will allow people to play an F1 management game but also help people to buy F1 2011, like if it was a free trial version.

      • But it’s supposed to have different features, it’s a different game. If it had the same features it would just be F1 2011.

        • Fixy (@fixy) said on 12th August 2011, 16:01

          Yeah, I know, I meant this will not substitute F1 2011 but rather give a taste of what it is.

          • But it’s due out several months after F1 2011 is. I don’t believe it’s a taster at all. It’s a completely different game, probably for a slightly different market.

          • Fixy (@fixy) said on 12th August 2011, 20:05

            But not everyone buys a game immediately. With time, prices tend to lower, and every time I access the F1 2010 multiplayer standings the number of players has increased. It seems strange that someone can buy F1 2010 one month before F1 2011 is out, but between the release of F1 2011 and F1 Online there isn’t much time and a few people may want to wait to see if it is worth buying the HD game.

          • Fixy… You could say it is to bolster Codemasters market for F1…. But that would be obvious… However linking it F1 2011 directly is a stretch… For starters, it’d top down racing.

  3. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th August 2011, 11:14

    I’m more interested in Codemasters’ comments about including historic DLC in F1 2011, to be honest. Especially if those photos of the cars in action are actual gameplay images; they remind me of an old top-town racing game that my brother used to have on his GameBoy. I think it was called Micro Machines and it was very difficult. But Codemasters were talking about “historic driving missions” as add-ons for F1 2011, where players re-enact famous moments from Formula 1 history, like Senna and Mansell drag-racing down the front straight at Estoril. I gather that succeeding in the missions would make the cars available in the full game or some such.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 12th August 2011, 11:27

      From reading the Q&A in today’s round-up the prospects of getting historic content in F1 2011 don’t look very encouraging. They want it “desperately” but very hard to get the licenses:

      http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2011/08/12/128/

      • infy (@infy) said on 12th August 2011, 11:43

        I think rFactor 2 has the license.

        • For historic F1 cars? I doubt it. Are you sure you aren’t just seeing content created by modders?

          Just read the F1 Q&A. Love the comment about never implementing a number of safety cars! Ha! :D

          With all the comments from them about the safety car. I’m quite sure now that it’s in.

    • I think it was called Micro Machines

      Any who had the Micro Machines video game licence in the 90’s?

      Yup… Codemasters

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th August 2011, 13:18

        Well, I don’t rememer it very well. All I can recall is that it was from a top-down perspective and it was really difficult, because the controls were oriented to the start line, but the circuit remained static. So if your car was coming down from the top of the screen and the circuit turned left, it was actually a right-hand bend.

        • Yeah, it was thoroughly brilliant. Required a hell of a lot of skill at speed, especially when navigating the toilet seat or the edge of a snooker table.

          • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th August 2011, 1:33

            I don’t remember the toilet seat. I do remmeber the breakfast table, the garden, the school desks, the bathtub, the beach and the pool table, though.

  4. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 12th August 2011, 11:15

    That’s good, considering I’ve just bought a new computer which wil probably run all the new F1 games :)

  5. disjunto said on 12th August 2011, 11:15

    I’m expecting this to be about 90% management game, 10% crappy driving game… which is awesome, making my planned f1 (based) management game would have taken way too much work and been way too exclusive due to complexity :)

  6. That is fantastic news. I will be getting a new computer for this for sure!

    • GeorgeTuk (@georgetuk) said on 12th August 2011, 11:49

      Please don’t rush for it, Free 2 Play is not a model of release that will be investing a new system for.

      • Especially if it’s free to play, but then filled with microtransactions from there-on-in.

        Plus this is a browser-based game. It’s not going to need massive amounts of computing power to run.

        • Will the game be first person or above the car like the pictures?

          • Its a management game first and foremost, I should think any ‘driving’ in the game will be in the form of you being a race engineer, and giving a driver instructions, rather than directly controlling the car yourself (Unless you’re Rob Smedley, in which case you will control the number 2 Ferrari yourself via remote control from the pits, just like real life).

            So I expect the game to be viewed just like thay have shown in the screenshots, from overhead.

            They already have a first person driving game in the works. It’s called F1 2011.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th August 2011, 13:19

        Free 2 Play is not a model of release that will be investing a new system for.

        It’s especially obvious looking at the screenshots.

  7. BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th August 2011, 11:16

    I think that with the possibility to create ones own team / livery it might be very nice for a wider audience and for long time fun.

    • Bleeps_and_Tweaks (@bleeps_and_tweaks) said on 12th August 2011, 11:22

      @BasCB – Great idea. There are many more examples of creating you’re own teams in other gaming formats (Football is the most obvious). It would be great to create a team with it’s livery etc at a baseline level and then manage it to try and climb up the F1 ladder!!

      Eddy Jordan eat your heart out!

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th August 2011, 13:34

      I think it will be a race to see who has the most pink car!

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 12th August 2011, 14:52

      If they can allow you to draw a livery for your car on this low-res game, why not to draw helmets in F1 2011? I’m sure these things can be done, quite easily as well. They could make you at least choose from different designs and then different colour combinations.

  8. Simon (@) said on 12th August 2011, 11:33

    This is awesome – especially as I’ll be able to run it on a Mac too

  9. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 12th August 2011, 11:54

    I hope my Mac is powerful enough to run it, its a few years old now. Livery design! That’s the best news.

    Hopefully this means they can get it in the xbox 360 game. PLEASE DO!

  10. maxthecat said on 12th August 2011, 11:54

    Codemasters, free, two words that don’t usually go together. I would assume you will have to pay to get past the first race, if not i suspect this is a tie up with sky in order to promote the 2012 season.

    • I think it’s far more likely to follow the many other free to play games out there now. Which will allow you to play quite nicely and enjoy it. But if you play… Then it all becomes a bit easier.

      • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 12th August 2011, 12:10

        Much like real F1: to really get somewhere you need to invest time, effort, but also have the money to pay for those and for great facilities, maybe drivers? The management aspect of this fits in with it well.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th August 2011, 13:21

      i suspect this is a tie up with sky in order to promote the 2012 season

      … Seriously?

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 12th August 2011, 14:55

      Maybe they’ve decided that, with all these non-licensed F1 games around the web, it was better for them to make an official online free game to discourage users from playing other games, and now that F1 2011 covers driving and F1 online covers management, I think they’ll have a lot more users.

  11. Will I finally be able to stop playing Grand Prix Manager 2? Will this be better than it? It has been 14 years, after all. You’d think there would have been more F1 manager games in that time.

  12. Stephen Jones (@aus_steve) said on 12th August 2011, 12:21

    it’s got live races.. F1Online 1, BATracer 0

  13. RBAlonso (@rbalonso) said on 12th August 2011, 12:23

    I wonder what Codemasters view on the BBC saga is? I know they are an international company etc but if f1 loses fans then they lose fans. Not great for them considering they fought for the rights to it. I don’t want another five years without an f1 game!

  14. Eggry (@eggry) said on 12th August 2011, 12:29

    Great. Now I wonder I should buy F1 2011 or wait for F1 Online…F1 2011 should have better graphic and physics engine but F1 Online is free and there will be much more players.

    • Well one is a driving game and the other is a management sim with a little bit of driving, so they’re both entirely different games

  15. JPedroCQF1 (@joao-pedro-cq) said on 12th August 2011, 12:35

    This are excellent news! I can’t wait for the game to be released!

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