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Frizzed
05-09-2008, 12:33 PM
Codemasters Secures Official Formula One Video Game Licence
Written Friday, May 09, 2008 by Geoff White

Formula One is the ultimate glamour sport in the motor world. While people love NASCAR and Rally, they don't have the budget and the technology that F1 has to offer. While there hasn't been a F1 title on the 360 due to a certain other console having the licence, that is all about to change.
Codemasters, developer and publisher of award-winning racing video games, has secured the exclusive video game rights to FORMULA 1 it was announced today. In a worldwide licensing agreement with Formula One Administration Limited, Codemasters will develop a new generation of the multi-million selling FORMULA 1 game franchise across multiple platforms.

Codemasters Studios, creators of genre-leading racing titles Colin McRae: DiRT™ and Race Driver: GRID™, will lead the design and development of official FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP games for home console, handheld and PC gaming formats.

“FORMULA 1 is ambitious in expanding its reach with more circuits planned beyond recent additions in the Middle East and China. It is also ambitious in expanding its reach via technology. The digital communities that computer and video gaming creates will play a key role in further growing the FORMULA 1 audience and connecting them globally,” said Rod Cousens, chief executive officer, Codemasters.

“As a world-leading creator of driving games, this alliance with FORMULA 1 is the jewel in Codemasters’ racing crown and creates an undisputed segment champion. FORMULA 1 has gone with the best, the segment leader. It has gone to the home of the EGO Engine for quality; it has gone to the company that can host FORMULA 1 Online, to the company that is streaking away from the pack.”

“Codemasters’ success and recent innovations in the racing game space makes the company more than appropriately tuned for the challenge,” said Chris Deering, chairman, Codemasters. “The combination of FORMULA 1’s new momentum of expansion and Codemasters’ contemporary technology and past experience is the breaking of a new dawn for the sport, on the track and on the HD game screen.”

The worldwide deal provides Codemasters with rights to feature all Grand Prix circuits, FORMULA 1 teams, cars, and driver likenesses.

The FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP games will be developed using the evolution of the award-winning EGO™ Game Technology Engine, Codemasters’ highly versatile cross-platform middleware technology. Its advanced graphics and physics technology brings an unmatched cinematic quality and realism to interactive entertainment.

The EGO Engine is currently being deployed in the creation of Race Driver: GRID™, the latest in Codemasters Studio’s international circuit-based racing series. Set to be a landmark release when it launches on May 30th, Race Driver: GRID was recently hailed as “The driving game of the summer” by BBC Top Gear magazine.

Codemasters expects the first game based on the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP to launch in 2009.

Source (http://www.xbox360achievements.org/news/news-1046-Codemasters-Secures-Official-Formula-One-Video-Game-Licence.html)

Wonder what it will turn out like ?

Hopefully they can make a good go at it, could turn out to be an awesome game, maybe Webber will actually win a few races, eh. :p

Minty
05-09-2008, 01:04 PM
The odds of Webber getting points is more what you should be worried about :p

Got to say, I am excited about this. Huuuuuge F1 fan, and been desperate to get a game on the 360. Plus, DIRT was a quality game, and GRID looks to be even better, so I have very high hopes for this.

Hopefully online will let you do a proper season with your mates, from qualifying position right through to the podium. That would be immense, and I would kill for it. Especially Webby/Webber :p

Frizzed
05-09-2008, 01:51 PM
No doubt the graphics will be immense, though can Codemasters nail a solid physics engine ?

I'm glad to hear of news about an F1 game to come out on 360, I really hope to be able to do full season online also, would love it to include qualifying and in depth tuning of the cars.

I'm sure if I'm using Mark Webber I'll be able to get him some wins, for once, at least finishing the race I'll be happy. :p

Imagine if they coded a lot of mechanical failures for him ? haha epic.

Abez Meister
05-09-2008, 04:09 PM
Finally a F1 game for the 360! It was previously all PlayStation exclusives :/

Hopefully they can make the sport justice and make it a top quality game.

Jahmuz
05-09-2008, 04:38 PM
F1 is great. It'll be interesting to see what Codies can do with the license.