The release of Codemasters’ F1 2010 and the subsequent patch has barely passed but first info on F1 2011 is already shaping up.
A new article on Eurogamer regarding the future of Codemasters’ F1 franchise has some very interesting quotes, giving us an idea of some of the upcoming features new versions will introduce.
One key aspect seems to be the idea of giving players the chance to race against the real race drivers by having the real-time data transferred into the game, an idea that was largely popularized by iOpener and their Real-Time Racing technology.
Codemasters is looking for something similar as the company won’t just be adding the 2011 cars and tracks to the new version:
“You’re not going to see us on the next one just add a couple more tracks and a couple more drivers because it’s the F1 2011 version,” CEO Rod Cousens commented. “Eventually you’ll go down the line where you will feed telemetry data in real time to the consumer to let them adjust their car because they get serious about racing against their hero, who could have posted a time two hours beforehand. And you’ve got the real track sat in front of you.”
Other improvements in future versions will concentrate on Multiplayer and the “Live the life” aspect of the game as Codemasters had to scrap several planned features in these departments due to the tight deadlines. The studio will be releasing annual versions, putting the development team under a lot of pressure – Work on F1 2011 is already underway since September.