Codemasters has announced that F1 2019 will receive a bespoke Legends Edition that allow players to relive one of the fiercest rivalries in motorsport – that of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost from 1990.
Those who acquire this special version of F1 2019 will get to drive as Ayrton Senna in his 1990 McLaren MP4/5B and Alain Prost in the Ferrari F1-90, in addition to battling it out in over eight tailored race challenges whilst also representing both drivers in multiplayer using exclusive themed liveries.
The likeness of both Senna and Prost has also been added to the F1 2019 Career Mode, but that’s not all! Those who buy the Legends Edition will also enjoy three days of early access to F1 2019 from June 25th, 2019, and this applies to all platforms the game is available on, which includes Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam. The F1 2019 Legends Edition is also adorned by Senna and Prost on the front cover, showcasing one of the greatest battles in the sport.
“Fans can see from the new cover art design that F1 2019 has a strong theme of rivalry running through it, just like the main sport itself. As such, we are absolutely delighted to have resurrected F1’s greatest ever rivalry between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost,” said Paul Jeal, F1 Franchise Director at Codemasters. “Their rivalry began right back in the 1984 season and reached one of the most dramatic ever climaxes on the first lap of the Japanese Grand Prix during the 1990 season. It’s a rivalry which has transcended way beyond the sport and is regarded as the greatest of all time by F1 fans. We know our community will love that the two legends of the sport have finally been immortalised together in our game.
However, the Legends Edition isn’t the only special version of F1 2019 that will be made available by Codemasters. To celebrate this tenth installment into the series from the Birmingham-based studio, the developer will also release the F1 2019 Anniversary Edition, featuring two race-winning cars from the classic 2010 season; the Ferrari F10, as driven by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, as well as Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button’s McLaren MP4-25.
Both cars will be available for standalone purchase following the release of F1 2019 and they will naturally be included in the Legend Edition of the game as well. These classic cars join the rest of the line-up available in F1 2019, such as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber’s 2010 Red Bull RB6, and several other fan-favourite race machines from past seasons of on-track action.
Codemasters also confirmed that F1 2019 will be the first entry in the franchise to feature the FIA Formula 2 Championship. The entire 2018 season will be available from launch, whilst the F2 2019 season will be added later in the year via a downloadable update – complete with online functionality. Players will be able to compete alongside George Russell, Lando Norris and Alexander Albon before progressing into the current F1 season with their respective teams.
“We’re also extremely excited to be bringing the FIA Formula 2 Championship to the franchise,” Jeal added. “It’s consistently been one of the most requested features from our community and it comes at a perfect time with the top three drivers from 2018 in George Russell, Lando Norris and Alexander Albon progressing to F1 for this season. We can’t wait to unveil more details on how this is integrated into the career mode in the coming weeks.”
Finally, the official cover art of F1 2019, which will be seen on the Anniversary Edition of the game, has also been revealed. This one builds on the rivalries theme of F1 2019 and highlights the current modern-day battles seen in the sport over recent seasons. The current Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton graces the cover of this year’s game alongside his main antagonist Sebastian Vettel. Though as seen in past years, different regions will have their own tailored variants of the cover art – check them out in all their glory for yourself below.
Codemasters will also be releasing a Limited Edition F1 2019 Steelbook that will be available in “local markets via exclusive retailers.” This one features the same themed artwork used in the announcement trailer for F1 2019. Have a look at it below.
F1 2019 will be launching an entire two months earlier than usual on Friday, June 29th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam. It will be available just in time for the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, and it’ll also be enhanced for the Xbox One X console with 4K Ultra HD visuals and HDR support. F1 2019 has been officially in-development for almost two years and features the introduction of a customizable 2019 regulation car, as well as new multiplayer features, new career mode experiences and more.
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