The evolution of racing video games into all-encompassing simulations takes another step with Codemaster’s forthcoming ‘F1 2018,’ which will offer an “immersive career mode” aimed at enabling the player to can ‘Make headlines both on and off the track.’
As explained in the preview video below, the player’s interactions with “Claire,” the new reporter character in the latest version of the game, will shape the way in which you are seen in the sport and directly affect your career. Will you choose to exhibit showmanship or sportsmanship? Your answers can increase/decrease the motivation within departments in your own team, altering the price or reliability of upgrades, as well as any offers you might receive from rival teams.
“The media are going to play a huge part in the player’s career,” commented F1 2018’s Game Director, Lee Mather. “It’s super important for a driver to not just be skilled on track. It’s all about being the complete package. The player is going to need to consider how their answers impact the morale of their team and also how other teams in the paddock perceive them.
Lee continued: “Certain teams may like to see a driver who is a great sportsman: demure and calm in front of the press, even under high-pressure situations, while others may want a driver who is more of a showman who can create buzz.”
The answers available to you will develop over time as your character becomes better known within F1. The interviews will take place in new locations in the Paddock and in front of the team and scrutineering garages.
There are further improvements within the career mode. You now have more control over your destiny and can approach rival teams about a potential move, including the opportunity to switch within the season. You also have the opportunity to select your own championship rival.
Details of further enhancements to the career mode will be unveiled in part two of the developer diary video series.
F1 2018 will release onto PlayStation4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC worldwide on August 24, 2018. Featuring all of the official teams, the drivers and all 21 circuits of the thrilling 2018 season, this year also sees the return of the French and German Grand Prix to the calendar meaning that you can now race at Circuit Paul Ricard and the Hockenheimring.