Just days after speculation about the bidding for the new Formula One gaming rights license started, Eurogamer confirms that British Codemasters studio has won the bet. The makers of the upcoming Racedriver GRID game will be creating new F1 games for multiple platforms, the first one is expected to be released within a year.
A centerpiece of the new games will be an online community called Formula One Online. There is no additional info on what Codemasters paid for the rights or how many years are covered by their license, it’s likely that we´re dealing with a five-year period again.
What does this mean for the sim community? At least it will be multi-platform but it’s highly unlikely that the games will be simulations. Looking at the first reviews of the Racedriver GRID demo, one could think that the license has gone to waste – From a sim racers perspective at least.