Codemasters has shared the first
official gameplay footage captured from F1 2018 following its announcement
last week. This small snippet of gameplay gets us prepared for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix with Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Charles Leclerc driving a lap of his home track, the iconic Circuit de Monaco.
The footage offers us a first look at F1 2018’s enhanced visuals, as well as a lap of the Circuit de Monaco narrated by the 20-year-old Monégasque Sauber driver, who was filmed playing the new game in Baku, Azerbaijan recently, and who Codemasters notes to be also “a keen gamer.” Fans might have spotted F1 Franchise Director Paul Jeal in Baku around the time of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and this video is the result of that.
“I love playing the F1 game! As soon as I get out of the car, I miss racing,” Leclerc said. “So, when I am back home, I play for fun. This is the closest I can get to driving a Formula 1 car outside of the track, so it is always very enjoyable to play.”
“First of all, I was amazed at how realistic the scenery was,” he added regarding the recreation of Monaco in F1 2018. “Being born in Monaco, I know the circuit very well. Well done for visualising the track so nicely in the game. My favourite part is the last sector because there is a great rhythm to the drive there.”
F1 2018 boasts an enhanced suite of visual improvements, and these include revised lighting, sky, clouds and atmospherics systems.
The new cloud technology deployed in F1 2018 has been built to more accurately represent the real-world with improvements to cloud formations and response to light through the various weather scenarios, whilst the new atmospherics system gives a true sense of depth in the scene and connects the sky and terrain in a more cohesive manner, which F1 2018’s Art Director Stuart Campbell says will result in “some stunning vistas.”
“One of the biggest visual uplifts for F1 2018 are our revised lighting, sky, clouds and atmospherics systems,” he said. “These systems work hand-in-hand and affect all aspects of the game rendering, making it more believable than ever before.”
“Our new cloud tech more accurately represents the real world with improved cloud formations and response to light through the various weather scenarios that are a huge part of F1,” Campbell explained. “Even on a clear day, the sky looks interesting with high level cloud detail and jet trails, while the new atmospherics system gives a true sense of depth in the scene and connects the sky and terrain in a more cohesive manner, making for some stunning vistas.”
The footage also revealed one of the “several key improvements” to the car physics system in F1 2018, and that’s the addition of a player-managed Energy Recovery System (ERS).
“The inclusion of a player-managed Energy Recovery System (ERS) has been added to vehicle physics for F1 2018 as we always strive to give as authentic recreation of the sport as possible,” Game Director Lee Mather explained. “Augmenting the powerful internal combustion engine, the player will have multiple deployment modes to choose from. The inclusion of the ERS will not only give the player an even more authentic Formula 1 experience, but will serve to create even more varied and exciting races.”
The player-managed Energy Recovery System (ERS) and visual uplifts aren’t the only new features and improvements coming to F1 2018. This year’s entry into the series will feature more classic cars to drive over its predecessor, whilst an expanded Career mode has been designed to further immerse players into the thrill and excitement of Formula 1 racing. As usual, F1 2018 will also feature all of the official drivers, teams and circuits from the 2018 season, which features the return of the French Grand Prix for the first time since 2008, at the Circuit Paul Ricard, as well as the return of the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring.
Codemasters says it will have more headlines to share from F1 2018 soon, including the official reveal of classic cars, which it says have been “selected from community feedback.”
F1 2018 launches on August 24th, 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Codemasters has already promised improvements for those playing on the Xbox
One X. In addition, the 2018 Formula 1 Esports Pro Series taking place later this year will be played on the upcoming game once its released.