Codemasters has shared
some new details for its brand-new Formula 1 racing title hitting mobile
devices later this year. Announced in May, F1
Mobile Racing is being developed in-partnership with Eden Games, and it’ll
be a free-to-play experience that’s been built for iOS and Android devices.
Recently, the team began to soft launch the title in select
markets, with F1 Mobile Racing available to download already in Thailand and
the Philippines. This is a work-in-progress version of the title that’s
available on the Apple App Store in those markets. Soft launches are a common
aspect of mobile game development, where publishers will often trial and beta
test their titles early in smaller regions and countries to receive early
feedback, as well as engagement figures and usage statistics.
With F1 Mobile Racing, Codemasters promises to deliver “authenticity,
stunning visuals and superb gameplay” that’s been curated for mobile devices
with “some never-before-seen features and additions for the series.”
The first noteworthy feature is F1 Mobile Racing’s unique take
on customization. Players will be able to design their very own F1 car using a “detailed
livery editor.” You can edit multiple areas of your colour scheme and even add
stickers and other details to make your F1 race machine standout from the crowd.
Following on from the livery editor is the all-new approach
to research and development upgrades. Players
will be able to win blueprints, research parts and improve their car’s
performance using “a deep and detailed” Research & Development system. You
can work on five different areas of your car and tune it into the ultimate F1 track
F1 Mobile Racing also features real-time multiplayer, which
means you can take your cars and skills out onto the track and race against opponents
globally in the multiplayer mode which Codemasters is calling ‘Duel.’ Here, you’ll
be able to compete in three different formats and win races to advance to
higher leagues. The higher the league, the better the competition. Rank up to
race against the best drivers in F1 Mobile Racing.
Naturally, F1 Mobile Racing also features all the teams,
drivers and circuits of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship. Codemasters are
promising that it’ll deliver the “the best visual and mechanical F1 experience
to ever come to handheld devices.”
The current version of F1 Mobile Racing that has
soft-launched in Thailand and the Philippines only offers a taster of the full
game experience that’ll be available later this year on iOS devices before making
its way onto Android shortly afterwards.
“The team here are taking on player feedback and constantly
fine-tuning the game, so expect to see it grow and flourish even more in the
coming weeks,” says Chris Groves, Mobile Community Manager at Codemasters. “During
that time, we’ll be giving you guys plenty more insight into F1 Mobile Racing –
from more in-game content and quotes from the team, to livestreams and
walkthroughs of modes and features.”
To coincide with the soft launch, Codemasters has also
released a new trailer for F1 Mobile Racing that offers a glimpse at the livery
editor, the research and development upgrades, as well as some on-track action.
You can check it out below.
F1 Mobile Racing also has its own social channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Reddit – all of which you can follow to stay up-to-date with
all-things related to the upcoming Codemasters mobile racer. We’ll also be
covering the headlines for it here on FullThrottle Media, so be sure to check
back for the latest.
In other F1 game news, the next official entry into
Codemasters long-running annualized series for PC and consoles, F1 2018, will
on August 24th, 2018. The team recently debuted
all the classic cars that will be present in the upcoming racing title. Additionally,
we also now know all the drivers who have qualified to compete in this year’s F1 Esports
Pro Series – which will be played on F1
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