F1 2019

Codemasters released F1 2019 this week, a whopping two months earlier than previous entries in the franchise would normally be released at. However, that doesn't mean this game was rushed. In fact, Codemasters says that this release has actually had the longest development cycle of any of their F1 games. F1 2019 is out now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Naturally, this release goes hand in hand with a launch trailer for the game.

In case you don't know what the F1 games are about, they are all about racing. Specifically, this one focuses a lot on the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. For the first time ever, it also includes the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship where you can race against F1 rookies Lando Norris, George Russell, and Alexander Albon. It also includes the F2 Feeder Series, which is "a scenario-based introduction that alters the outcome of the game, based on the player's success, actions, and responses." The entire F2 2019 season will be added later on this year as a free digital download.

This entry also adds in driver transfers during Career Mode. New contracts are based on performance.

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F1 2019 features 18 classic cars celebrating every decade from the 1970s through to 2010. Players can re-live great moments from yesteryear in the best performing cars of their generation, including the 1972 Lotus 72D, 1988 McLaren MP4/4, 1996 Williams FW18 through to the 2010 Red Bull RB6. In addition, the F1 2019 Legends Edition features Ayrton Senna’s McLaren MP4/5B and Alain Prost’s Ferrari F1-90, alongside the McLaren MP4-25 and the Ferrari F10, part of the F1 2019 Anniversary Edition. Players can also customize a 2019 regulation car, created in collaboration with Ross Brawn and Pat Symonds, with a series of liveries and playable online in Multiplayer mode.

With the F1 New Balance Esports Series continuing to grow at pace, players can keep updated with the latest news, event details, watch livestreams and highlights all through the new in-game Esports area. Later this year, players who wish to compete competitively and try to win a place on one of the ten F1 teams can register and take part in future heats directly through the game.

“We are absolutely delighted with the inclusion of F2™, Senna and Prost, and Career Mode Driver Transfers, as major, new additions to the F1 Franchise, as well as integrating league racing and F1 Esports for fans who want to race competitively,” said Paul Jeal, F1 Franchise Director at Codemasters. “Driver Transfers, in particular, are something that we know our players have craved for several years, and it’s fantastic to now have that functionality integrated into our 10-year Career mode and build upon the seasonal rule changes we introduced in F1® 2018 to create unique player storylines from season to season.”

“The extra development time has enabled the team to both improve and add several new features,” said Lee Mather, F1 2019 Game Director at Codemasters. “The addition of F2™, complete with their rules and unique race weekends will give racing fans a new experience and we are particularly proud of the visual uplift to key tracks including Monaco and Bahrain, complete with all-new night-lighting effects. The early release date will enable our fans to develop their own rivalries two months earlier than previous seasons and we can’t wait for them to get their hands on the final game.”