F1 2021 will make its series debut on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X this July.
It's an exciting time to be a Formula One fan. For the first time in years, Red Bull poses a real threat to Mercedes, which has won every consecutive drivers' and constructors' championship since 2014. Aston Martin is returning to the grid as a works team for the first time in over 60 years and has provided a new Vantage safety car and DBX medical car to mark the occasion.
This year also marks the start of a new era for the Formula 1 video game franchise, which is making its series debut on the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles with the release of F1 2021. Developed by Codemasters, the prolific racing game developer behind the popular DiRT franchise, F1 2021 is racing onto PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on July 16, 2021.
F1 2021 introduces a new story mode dubbed Braking Point, where the player takes the role of a racing driver rising the ranks of Formula 2 to compete in the glamorous world of Formula 1. Codemasters says Braking Point will give players "a taste of the lifestyle both on and off the track" and re-introduce the fictional driver Devon Butler, who was the player's main rival in F1 2019's story mode. The career mode also features a new two-player option, allowing friends to race co-operatively online in the same team or in rival teams.
A new "Real-Season Start" mode also enables players to start at any point in the real-life season with real-time driver and constructor standings. Introduced in F1 2020, the managerial My Team mode, two-player split-screen, and shorter F1 and F2 season options will also return in F1 2021.
The announcement trailer provides our first glimpse of F1 2021, which benefits from the extra horsepower of the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles enabling higher resolution graphics and faster loading times.
Pre-ordering F1 2021 will provide access to the Braking Point Content Pack, which includes exclusive in-game items inspired by the fictional drivers in the new story mode and 5,000 PitCoins. A digital Deluxe edition will also be available, which includes iconic F1 drivers that can be used in My Team, 18,000 PitCoins, the Braking Point Content Pack, and three days early access to the game. If you haven't switched to the next-generation consoles yet, owners of F1 2021 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S versions free of charge.