F1 2019 will feature its own “Premium Tier” microtransaction currency for acquiring cosmetic items when it launches on Friday, June 28th. The news was revealed by F1 Game Director Lee Mather in an interview with Screen Rant (and later reported by GTPlanet), in which he confirmed that the game will include microtransactions for customization features.
F1 2019 will include two currencies for acquiring these items. Competition Points can be earned from Multiplayer races, which can be spent on liveries for the 2019-spec regulation car, as well as suits and helmets for customizing your driver. Some items, however, will be locked behind the Premium Tier currency, which can only be acquired by spending real life money. Mather told Screen Rant that “for the very high-level ones,” the use of Premium Tier will be essential.
Whilst F1 2019 is the first entry on PC and consoles to feature microtransactions, they did appear in last year’s free-to-play F1 Mobile Racing game. Keep in mind that the microtransaction system in F1 2019 is limited to cosmetic items only, which means it will not provide players with an unfair gameplay advantage should they choose to not invest into the premium currency. F1 2019 also includes additional customization items can only be obtained as in-game rewards by completing specific events.
Codemasters is also offering two distinct editions of its upcoming Formula 1 racer, too – an “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. Meanwhile, the “Legends Edition” is pitched for the ultimate Formula 1 fan – including Ayrton Senna’s 1990 McLaren MP4/5B and Alain Prost’s Ferrari F1-90.
Microtransactions have existed across the racing genre for quite some time now, with their introduction into Gran Turismo Sport last year being one of the most recent. Whilst the Forza franchise also had its own premium “Tokens” system, developer Turn 10 Studios opted to not include them in neither Forza Motorsport 7 nor Forza Horizon 4. Prize Crates were also removed from the former and replaced with a new Race Shop system which is used for acquiring mod cards and cosmetics items like Driver Gear suits.
F1 2019 will be available on Friday, June 28th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC via the Steam digital distribution platform. Those who pre-order the Legends Edition will benefit from early access to the game starting on Tuesday, June 25th. For more details on this year’s upcoming F1 game, which has been in-development for almost two years now and features the debut of Formula 2 race machines, then be sure to read our exclusive hands-on preview of the game, featuring our detailed early impressions with insight from F1 Game Director Lee Mather.
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