Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia
Release Date: July 10, 2020
F1 2020 is a Formula One racing simulation game developed and published by Codemasters, and the officially licensed game of the sporting event.
F1 2020 was announced by Codemasters in April 2020, along with new information released on the improvements made to the career mode and the new My Team mode. It was confirmed that the game would release for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia on July 15. A “Deluxe Schumacher Edition” was also announced, which would include four DLC classic cars driven by Michael Schumacher.
As the officially licensed Formula One racing game, F1 2020 includes the full championship as it was originally planned. It also includes two new additions with Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands and the Hanoi Street Circuit in Vietnam, in spite of the cancellation and postponement (respectively) of the two events in the championship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Codemasters also confirmed plans to release historical cars as DLC for F1 2020 similar to previous games in the series. This would include four cars driven by Michael Schumacher, including the Jordan 191, the Benetton B194, the Benetton B195, and the Ferrari F1-2000. Codemasters confirmed more DLC is also planned for the celebration of F1’s 70th anniversary. However, the Styrian and 70th Anniversary Grands Prix are not included in the game, though they are in the 2020 calendar, since they are on circuits that host other events.
F1 2020 includes all licensed teams and drivers from the Formula One 2020 season, which includes a total of 10 teams and all of their drivers. These include Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi for Alpha Romeo; Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat for Alpha Tauri; Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc for Ferrari; Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen for Haas; Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr. for McLaren; Lewis Hamiton and Valtteri Bottas for Mercedes; Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll for Racing Point; Alexander Albon and Max Verstappen for Red Bull; Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon for Renault; and Nicholas Lafiti and George Russell for Williams.
Several classic cars have also been confirmed for the game. These include: 1988 McLaren MP4/4, 1990 McLaren MP4/5B, 1990 Ferrari 641, 1991 McLaren MP4/6, 1992 Williams FW14, 1996 Williams FW18, 1998 McLaren MP4-13, 2003 Williams FW25, 2004 Ferrari F2004, 2006 Renault R26, 2007 Ferrari F 2007, 2008 McLaren MP4-23, 2009 Brawn BGP 001, 2010 Red Bull RB6, 2010 Ferrari F10, and 2010 McLaren MP4-25.
The career mode in F1 2020 introduces some new changes and improvements. There is no story in the career mode, while now, players can also choose to include the full Fomula 2 season each year (though there is still the option to have only three Formula 2 races). Additionally, players can now also customize the length of every season, with three options being available- a full length season of 22 races, a slightly shorter seasons of 16 races, or a much more truncated season of 10 races. Players will also be able to choose their preferred tracks for the shorter seasons.
F1 2020 features a new addition with the My Team mode, which will provide a different player-manager experience than the career mode. My Team has been featured in previous Codemasters games such as DiRT 4 and the DiRT Rally games, and now makes its debut in F1. In My Team, players will be able to create their own team, create their own drivers, choose sponsors and engine engine suppliers, build facilities, and manage the team through several seasons. This will include various responsibilities, such as managing the team’s finances, improving the facilities, ensuring the progress of the team’s second driver, securing proper sponsors, and a lot more.
Career mode and My Team will also see drivers retiring and being promoted from Formula 2, which means players will be racing against different drivers and competitors as the seasons progress and older drivers retire. Additionally, improvements and tweaks have also been made to several gameplay mechanics. For instance, the braking system has received an overhaul, which will lead to shorter and more realistic stopping distances. Other areas to see improvements are traction control and throttle.
Changes are also being made to ERS. To bring the system more realistic in its simulation, ERS will now be managed by the AI, instead of being in complete control of the player. ERS will be programmed by the team, and reacting to what the player is doing, it will let the driver know where it can be used for additional power. Similar to previous F1 games, F1 2020 will also feature several customization options for difficulty, including various assists that can be turned on and off.
Various other modes also return once again in F1 2020, including Time Trial, Grand Prix, and Championships, while the online component includes ranked and unranked races, as well as weekly events and customizable liveries, while leagues are also featured. F1 2020 also brings back split-screen multiplayer, which has been absent in the series for some years.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game.