EA and Codemasters have revealed more details about this year’s edition of their Formula 1 racing sim series. F1 23 will hit PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC via the EA App, Steam and Epic Games Store on June 16th.
Among other things, the game will feature the return of the Braking Point story mode. Braking Point debuted in F1 2021, but it wasn’t present in last year’s edition. This time around, Devon Butler (the antagonist from the first chapter) and Aiden Jackson are now teammates on an upstart racing team looking to take on F1’s heavy hitters. You can expect to encounter new characters, challenges and rivalries.
Codemasters has updated the cars’ handling based on feedback from F1 teams. The cars are said to have more predictable behavior this time around, along with more traction when braking, accelerating and navigating corners. The studio has also improved the engine torque and inertia, balanced the aerodynamics and tire grip for added realism and incorporated Precision Drive tech for controller players, EA says.
Every team, driver and circuit from F1’s real-life 2023 season is in the game, including the street circuit for the new Las Vegas Grand Prix and Qatar’s Lusail International Circuit. Legacy circuits Paul Ricard (France), Shanghai (China), and Portimão (Portugal) will all be available from the jump too.
Players will be able to set races to 35 percent of their real-life distances. That should offer more flexibility to those who may not have the time for a standard-length grand prix. On top of all that, it’s somehow taken until 2023 for EA to add red flags, a major aspect of F1 races, to the series.