F1 2023 is the third racing game EA Sports is releasing since the acquisition of Codemasters. The game’s highly anticipated launch is scheduled for June 16. F1 2023 will be available on various platforms, including PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via EA App, Epic Games Store, and Steam.
First deep dive on F1 2023 Gameplay
In the first of a series of deep dives, EA showcased the gameplay of F1 2023. Narrated by Sky Sports F1 presenter Natalie Pinkham, the video focuses on the headline features of the game. The video delves into the improved physics, which allows for more predictable and authentic vehicle behavior in terms of acceleration, braking, and rotation. The introduction of PrecisionDrive technology ensures finer control for players using gamepads, as demonstrated through a comparison between F1 2022 and F1 2023.
Moreover, the video highlights the return of red flags, a system that monitors track conditions to determine whether to deploy a safety car, virtual safety car, or red flag to halt the race. Crashes, cars retiring in unsafe positions, or extreme rain can trigger red flags, adding an extra layer of strategy to the gameplay. The video also treats us to a first look at the meticulously crafted Las Vegas circuit, built by Codemasters using thousands of reference photographs.
Braking Point returns
Fans of the popular story mode can rejoice as Braking Point makes a triumphant comeback in F1 2023. The dynamic duo of Aiden Jackson and Devon Butler, who captivated players in F1 2021, resumes their intense rivalry. This time, they join forces as teammates driving for the fictional racing team Konnersport Racing, adding an exciting twist to the narrative.
Improved physics and realism
Codemasters is leaving no stone unturned in their quest to enhance the realism and immersion of F1 2023. With improved physics, car handling becomes more predictable, allowing players to feel a deeper connection with their vehicles. Furthermore, the reintroduction of red flags adds a strategic element, while the divisive F1 Life gives way to the new F1 World hub, which seamlessly links multiple game modes.
New circuits on the calendar
F1 2023 adds some much-awaited racetracks to the game for fans of Formula 1. The Las Vegas street circuit debuts alongside the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, offering fresh challenges for players. Additionally, three beloved legacy circuits return: Paul Ricard (France), Shanghai (China), and Portimao (Portugal). These tracks will be available right from the start, ensuring a comprehensive racing experience.
Early Access and editions
For those who can’t wait to dive into the action, pre-ordering the Champions Edition grants access three days earlier, on June 13. A flashy announcement trailer featuring the new Las Vegas Circuit, Braking Point 2, and appearances by Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen has already given fans a taste of what’s in store.
F1 2023 Standard and Champion editions
The Standard Edition features an impressive cover with Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton, and Lando Norris. Pre-order bonuses include the F1 World Starter Pack and 5000 PitCoins. On the other hand, the Champions Edition, adorned with Max Verstappen, offers a wealth of exclusive content such as time-limited Las Vegas content, the Max Verstappen Race Wear Pack, Braking Point 2 Icons and Vanity Item Pack, Dual Entitlement, and much more.
Career & My Team evolution
Building upon the success of previous iterations, F1 2023 introduces a new progression system that adds depth and excitement to the career mode. Players can now level up by completing challenges, earning Tech Points that unlock valuable upgrades, eye-catching liveries, race suits, and helmets.
While the graphics haven’t undergone major changes to accommodate last-gen platforms, Codemasters has focused on enhancing the handling in F1 2023. With improved physics, cars now offer a more predictable driving experience, allowing players to better control their vehicles. The new physics also enhances traction during braking, acceleration, and cornering. The developer has achieved a better balance between aerodynamics and tire grip, resulting in a more realistic feel with suggestions from real F1 teams. The throttle control has also been fine-tuned for a heightened sense of connection with the car.
Exciting multiplayer experience
Following the successful introduction of cross-play in F1 2022, the franchise is expected to continue this feature in F1 2023. Additionally, a new safety rating system will link online and offline play, promoting clean racing and improving the overall online racing experience. While the depth of this safety system is yet to be revealed, it aims to pair like-minded drivers for a more enjoyable multiplayer environment.