Codemasters announces F1 2020 will celebrate 70 years of Formula 1

Driving fans rejoice because today is the day Codemasters announce the latest iteration of their multi-award winning F1 franchise on a locked-down world.

F1 2020 is set to hit game stores on Friday 10 July for PC, the regular consoles, and for the first time, Google Stadia.

This move could open up the game to PC players whose rigs maybe haven’t been able to handle the beauty of this racing king previously.

It’s the 70th anniversary of Formula 1, and the title will feature a raft of new modes and options to help celebrate.

In a series of firsts, F1 2020 will offer a new ‘My Team’ mode, which will allow you to create your own F1 franchise and take them through the season alongside their real-world counterparts, offering a unique driver/management aspect to the sim for the first time.

Also coming in is the option to play reduced length seasons and new circuits in the shape of Hanoi Circuit and Circuit Zandvoort.

Returning, and this is a big one, will be two-player split-screen taking us back to the early days of home racing with both players neck and neck on the same display and new options to tailor the experience more to your individual skill level.

Also, a significant feature for fans of the sport will be a special Michael Schumacher Deluxe Edition where you will get to drive as the legendary German superstar in four of his most iconic cars:-

  •       1991: Jordan 191
  •       1994: Benetton B194
  •       1995: Benetton B195
  •       2000: Ferrari F1-2000

“F1 2020 promises to be our biggest and most innovative title to date,” said Paul Jeal, F1 Franchise Director at Codemasters. “Our core players will welcome even greater gameplay depth with the introduction of our brand-new My Team feature, alongside three customizable season lengths which allows them to pick their favorite tracks. In the year where Lewis Hamilton is going for his seventh World Championship, we celebrate the greatest F1® driver of all time with our Michael Schumacher Deluxe Edition, which we know will prove popular with our community.”

“As huge fans of F1®, we continue to innovate and develop game modes that bring players even closer to the real-world sport,” said Lee Mather, F1® Game Director at Codemasters. “We’ve also added new modes to enable more casual players to get up to speed more easily, and we’ve brought back split-screen for social play with friends. The additions reduce both the difficulty and time barrier to entry while retaining the car handling that our simulation players love.”

You can see the first trailer of the game here, and we can’t wait to get it into our sim rig here at PC Guide.

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