Today sees the last developer diary for F1 2011 being released. This is the fourth in the series and reveals a whole host of features in greater details.
The first thing they have shown us with the gameplay footage is the Safety Car:
“Safety car – a lot of people have been asking us for it. We’d always said we’d only do it when it was absolutely right, so now it’s available in single player and multiplayer,” said Stephen Hood, Chief Games Designer.
“It’s the wild card in the pack,” added Paul Jeal, Senior Producer. “Maybe you’re out in front, maybe you think you’re out the points, and then this key event comes in. Can you dive into the pits and get a lap advantage on everyone else? You have to keep the distance to the car in front of you and behind, you need to do the weaving sequences to keep your tyres up to temperature”
The second item announced is a range of season updates which will make the game feel ‘completely different’. All the new rule changes have been implemented to give the most authentic F1 experience. KERS – Kinetic Energy Recovery System – gives players an acceleration boost to launch out of corners. DRS – Drag Reduction System – adds acceleration for overtaking in specified zones around each circuit and the new Pirelli tires affect performance and handling of the cars on track, changing qualifying and racing strategy.
“These three things alone make the game feel completely different,” added Stephen Hood.
F1 2011 will challenge players to ‘be the driver, live the life, go compete’, with wide-ranging technical and gameplay advancements on and off track and vastly extended competitive and co-operative multiplayer components. Players will be able to race against 16 players online plus 8 AI cars to simulate a full 24 car grid, team up with a friend or enjoy multiplayer racing from the sofa in split-screen mode.
F1 2011 will feature all of the official teams, drivers and circuits from the 2011 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. The 2011 season also sees the debut of the 2011 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL GRAND PRIX OF INDIA at Delhi’s Buddh International Circuit and the return of the iconic Nürburgring to the calendar.
Here is the dev diary for you to check out for your self:
F1 2011 launches for the Xbox 360 PlayStation3 and PC on September 23rd. Handheld editions of F1 2011 are also in production for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita, specific release dates for the handheld editions are to be announced.