August 24th is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing for fans of Formula One…well, two things this year, actually. First, it is the first day of testing for the iconic Belgian Grand Prix, and secondly, Codemasters will be dropping the long-awaited Formula One 2018 game. If, like me, you have no life, you will have booked the day off work or cleared any plans in order to immerse yourself in the fast-paced world of Formula One.
What’s The Latest News From Codemasters?
Earlier this week Formula One returned to Hockenheim after a 1-year absence. To celebrate it’s return to the Formula One calendar, Codemasters released a new gameplay video of a hot lap around the Hockenheim track with everyone’s second favourite German on the grid, Nico Hülkenberg. Nico takes us around the iconic track and even gives us his top tips on how he tackles this course. If you pay attention, you’ll be more than prepared for what Hockenheim has to offer on the 24th August.
So What Can We Expect From This Year’s Title?
Like most sports, there are only minimal changes to the rules each season. So, this means that the layout and the systems are almost identical to the previous title. But that doesn’t mean that this year’s game will be a carbon copy.
The biggest development you will notice comes to the popular career mode. This year the media will play a massive role in your driver development. At the beginning of the season you will be introduced to the new media character, Claire. Your answers to her line of questioning after a Grand Prix will have a direct impact on how you are perceived in the paddock. For example, a number of team bosses will appreciate a driver who is level headed and avoids offending other drivers. On the other hand, some teams will be looking for a driver who creates headlines and boosts the teams profile.
The introduction of the media and the return of the invitational events will hopefully help break up the cycle of repetition we have witnessed in previous career modes.
Another development that will help immerse gamers into the world of Formula One is the developments to the Research and Development system. The new R&D system boasts 115 upgrades. These upgrades will help develop your team’s car in more way than ever before. The upgrades might even create a power shift in the constructors championship, so good news for all you McLaren fans out there.
What About the Classic Cars?
One of the best parts of Formula One 2018 was the introduction of classic cars. This gave gamers the opportunity to race in some of the most iconic cars in Formula One history, and this year Codemasters have listened to the fan base and added MORE iconic and classic cars. The Fan boy in me could hardly contain itself when the full line up was announced by Codemasters.
The most notable addition in my opinion was the addition of the iconic cars from the 2013 film Rush. Rush depicts the bitter rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The sound of Hunt’s McLaren M23D and Lauda’s Ferrari 312 T2 will be sure to captivate fans of the sport.
Watch Codemasters official classic car reveal below and see the full list of classic cars that will appear in this year’s game too.
There is still a great deal we don’t know about this game, but Codemasters Franchise Director Paul Jeal promises fans that this year’s game will immerse players deeper into the world of Formula One than ever before, and that statement has got Formula One gamers more excited than a Fortnite fan watching Ninja and Drake.
What part of Formula One 2018 are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the comment section below.