F1 2018

F1 2018 Presents Overhauled Visuals & Audio Improvements

Article By 
Alan Walsh
August 20, 2018
F1 2018

F1 2018 Presents Overhauled Visuals & Audio Improvements

Article By 
Alan Walsh
August 20, 2018

Codemasters has shared the fourth and final developer diary for its upcoming Formula 1 racing title, F1 2018. The game, which is slated to launch later this week on Friday, August 24th to coincide with the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de-Spa Francorchamps this weekend, features an overhauled visual identity with several improvements made to the audio experience across the board.

In fact, F1 2018 presents “a significant visual jump forward for the franchise,” according to Codemasters, making use of physically-based rendering to improve the overall look and feel of the game to immerse players further into the Formula 1 experience than ever before. The car models, character renders, the atmospherics, visual effects, cinematics and animations have been overhaled visually for this year’s game, whilst on the audio side of things, the engine sounds have been fine-tuned and improved to make them more realistic and authentic than those found in past titles.

F1 2018 features a full atmospherics system that gives players a greater sense of depth when racing on the track, allowing for some stunning vistas and scenes from the view of your car. This system is designed to connect the sky and terrain in a more cohesive manner. The heat haze typically found on the start straight of a track with its accompanying mirage effect have also been introduced into this year’s title, which immerses you even further across both replays and on-track whilst racing.

“The biggest win visually is in the atmospherics,” said F1 2018’s Art Director, Stuart Campbell. “This year we’ve got a full atmospherics system that gives you a greater sense of depth from the scene, and it makes for some really stunning vistas.”
“One of the most iconic things for me about F1 as a sport is seeing that heat haze on the start straight: the heat rising from the track and from the engine exhausts, and in the mirage effect that you see reflecting in the track,” he explained. “We’ve added a full heat haze and mirage system to our visual effects for this year, and it makes a huge difference in the replay cameras and on track when you’re racing.”

F1 2018 also boasts revised lighting, skyboxes and cloud coverage. The new cloud technology used in the game has been built to more accurately represent the real-world with improvements to cloud formations and response to light through various weather scenarios. Even on a clear day, the sky will look interesting with a high-level of cloud detail and jet trails.

Like F1 2017, this year’s title will also take advantage of the improved spec and hardware of the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro consoles to deliver 4K Ultra HD visuals with High Dynamic Range lighting – resulting in deeper colours, higher contrast ratios, and increased peak brightness and illumination.

In addition, Codemasters has worked to make the engine sounds as close to the broadcast as possible in F1 2018, making them more lifelike and believable whilst providing an authentic Formula 1 audio experience.

“We try to make the engine sounds as close to broadcast as possible, which is what a lot of fans ask for,” said Brad Porter, Senior Audio Designer on F1 2018. “We’ve been over to tracks such as Abu Dhabi, Barcelona and Paul Ricard over the last year, working directly with F1 teams, going into garages with them on test sessions, mic’ing up the cars onboard with our new radio gear, and then we’re standing at the side of the track for external recordings.”
“We’re also in the garages recording ambisonics, we’re out in the paddock, and we’re out in the pit lane,” he added. “From an audio point of view, the game is now sounding far more believable and far more authentic.”

You can watch the final developer diary for F1 2018 for yourself by checking out the video below. Otherwise, check out the past diaries for media interviews, improvements to research and development, as well as the new handing and simulation features. Combined, these different aspects of F1 2018 result in the most feature-rich and complete Formula 1 racing experience from Codemasters yet.

 

F1 2018 features all the official teams, drivers and circuits of the 2018 racing season, including the return of the Circuit Paul Ricard and the Hockenheimring. As well as the current season’s offerings, the game features 20 iconic classic cars from the history of the sport, not to mention a host of improvements that have been made to Career Mode to further immerse you into the Formula 1 experience.

F1 2018 launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on Friday, August 24th. Be on the lookout for our F1 2018 review dropping soon, but for now, you can check out this intense British Grand Prix race on Silverstone Circuit, as well as the third official gameplay trailer released last week by Codemasters.

Alan Walsh

Alan is the co-founder and co-owner of FullThrottle Media. As someone who enjoys spending all his free time playing video games, he delivers the latest in news stories, reviews, and feature articles to the website, as well as videos on his YouTube channel and livestreams over on Mixer.