This week, Codemasters invited us and YouTuber Matt212
to their F1 2018 Preview event in London, England, where we had hands-on with
this year’s official racing game of the Formula 1 World Championship launching
on August 24th. That included an in-depth look at the all-new Career Mode
present in the game, which allows you to create and develop your own Formula 1
career both on and off the track as you select research upgrades for your race car
whilst also making headlines when speaking to the press.
In this video, Matt212 takes an in-depth 40-minute look at
the Career Mode of F1 2018 – accompanied by captured gameplay footage from the Xbox One X
version of the game. That includes a first-look at the driver creation tool,
which allows you to choose an avatar with a race helmet and customize their nationality,
name and number – as well as an audio name, which includes a selection of names
that will be called out by commentators during races to further immerse players
into the Formula 1 race experience.
The video also features the introduction to F1 2018’s Career
Mode, in which you’ll meet a motorsports journalist for the first time named
Claire. Anything you say to the media can have an impact on your team relations,
and it can even make a difference to the quality and timing of your vehicles
upgrades. For this career preview, Matt races on behalf of Mercedes-AMG
Petronas Motorsport with British driver Lewis Hamilton as his teammate – and as
you’ll see in the video, the visuals and cloud formations have been updated and
greatly enhanced in F1 2018 for further realism, whilst the controversial ‘halo’
is also in full view.
Ahead of the first race weekend, players are introduced to
Carl in the data center. This is where you can select research and development
upgrades, find the weather forecast so you can choose the vehicle setup relevant
to the track conditions, manage your vehicle upgrades and discover upcoming
events on the calendar. Overall, the career mode in F1 2018 has been designed
to be more immersive than ever before, featuring all the teams, drivers and
circuits of the 2018 season whilst also introducing highly-requested
features such as seasonal rule changes, contract negotiations, press
interviews, and an overhauled research and development system. Be sure to check
out Matt’s video above to see the Career Mode in-action.