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

  1. mike.vonmoltke (@) said on 13th August 2011, 14:51

    I tried the 2010 F1 game when it game out and was hugely dissapointed, I was excited when i heard it was codemasters making the new game and not EA Sports. But the problem I have with this game is that its just too arcadey. The this is that when you cater to a huge audience, the main priority is to make sales. And its going to be very hard marketing something that is too sim-like.

    A kid or someone younger would really love this game because of the new cars and tracks that are represented. But for someone who really loves F1 and understands more technical details – this is just too arcadey. Hopefully they will get better with time. It if for this reason i love LFS, sure its not the most expensive or most graphic intensive game but it gives me what i want from a racing game, real physics and feel.

    I guess the best solution would be too have two modes, arcade and sim mode – one for the kids, and one for serious rating. But it usually takes a while to get the right modelling right, and i can imagine that their main focus is on the updates for the next racing calender.

    Im not bashing CM or anyone – just my 2 cents.

    • You can adjust the difficulty setting and car set-up.

      I sometimes suspect people don’t realize that is possible.

      • mike.vonmoltke said on 13th August 2011, 21:20

        I agree, but its more like turn this setting on or off , high / low – just a bunch of relative settings. Can you adjust say toe,camber,tyre pressure, differential setup, gear ratios, front/rear wing angle? doubt it, its too complicated for arcade users.

  2. Senna will revive in 2012 : )

  3. paula said on 17th August 2011, 16:17

    seems like with a 3d graphics engine

  4. i try to enter my details and it does not work some about not having a valid password

    plz help

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