New Formula One games ready to race

PSP and Wii to get F1 game this year; 360, PS3, and PC on the starting grid until 2010.

Since Codemasters relieved Sony of the rights to the official Formula One licence back in May of last year, little has been heard of which games would be taking advantage of the licence.

Today Codemasters revealed details of the first two games that are to be released under the Formula 1 licence, with F1 2009 hitting the PSP and Wii this autumn, and F1 2010 following next year on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Codemasters, which has significant experience in the racing genre with Dirt and the upcoming Fuel, promised that the games will have "the most authentic and thrilling experience possible."

F1 2009 will be the first F1 game to hit the Wii, and will also be the first F1 game to include the Singapore night race and enable players to get behind the wheel of current world champion Lewis Hamilton's McLaren car in full season modes and arcade challenges. Those worried about the difficulty of the game will be pleased to know there are several customisable driving aids available, and the game will also feature an implementation of the KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) technology, currently being used on some F1 cars. Both the Wii and PSP versions will feature multiplayer, with the Wii including a split-screen mode and cooperative races, though it is unclear what the latter will involve.

The 2010 versions of the game will include all of the features of F1 2009, but will up the graphics ante for the HD-capable 360, PS3, and PC. The game will use the EGO engine, which recently powered another Codemasters racer, GRID.

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JDS123450
JDS123450

omg, if the graphics end up like this, the game will be rubish !!

Sup3rstud
Sup3rstud

i like the current f1 game on ps3 so i hope they dont change it too much in terms of like guide line and "feel" of the cars and the pit crew was a nice touch so hope they keep that too. Grid is an amazing game so i have all confidence that this game will blow us away.

egimaster
egimaster

I'll buy it for psp maybe wii then PS3!!!

Kris024
Kris024

This is nice but will it come out in the US?

RedBullLordy
RedBullLordy

Tekken 6 should cover me until this comes out. F1 games are just awesome until now Codemasters will hopefully make it a tonne better. Load up Singapore with the KERS!

blkslvr
blkslvr

Can't wait for F1 for the PS3. F1 CHAMPIONSHIP's multiplayer is unavailable now and its too bad i have to wait 1 year for the new F1 game to come out.

Kris024
Kris024

zoomania27. this game is made by Codemasters so it will very likely be simulation as Codemasters has been notorious for sim racing games like Indy Cars Series, GRID and DIRT.

BraveArc
BraveArc

It's not fair, ps3, 360 n PC owners hv to wait till 2010........This sucks..:(

dho82
dho82

Looking forward to seeing how the Wii version pans out!

dho82
dho82

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zoomania27
zoomania27

is this goin to be a sim racing or arcade

Kris024
Kris024

Will Codemasters be selfish like SONY and not bring any F1 games to the US? I hope not because the PSP version looks awesome. And The Yoshster there are many great racing games and if there was only one it would not be made by NINTENDO

x_madsin_x
x_madsin_x

It's the picture up there im talking bout

TheYoshster
TheYoshster

Too many racing games!!!!!!!! The only really good one is Mario Kart Wii!

Petri87
Petri87

@x_madsin_x - GRiD adn DiRT being the two most beutiful racing games to date(and probebly for a long time to come) some would believe that this will look atleast just as good compared to F1CE that honestly looked like i high res PS2 game in comparison to something like DiRT. Codemasters are experienced in the racing genra so this game will most likely be the best F1 racing game to date. @-Raiden- - The difference would be that there's a dedicated and experienced racing developer behind this game.

-Raiden-
-Raiden-

nice, but what is the main difference from Formula one championship edition.. I really im glad that we get more F1 games:-)

kiriyama2
kiriyama2

nice Brawn GP ftw, i believe i will race as Bar. or Button~ , granted it comes to canada....

knightwolf3050
knightwolf3050

Wii and PSP only this year? What the hell? At least we finally have some news... ACEGamer89, Codemasters is great about bringing all their other racing games to the U.S., so Im sure this one will get here as well. At least I hope

Darkon_X
Darkon_X

YES!! I know F1 isn't big here in America but I love F1 and this is a dream come true..... for me at least. @ x_madsin_x: Those graphics are the PSP version of the game. Not the PS3 or 360 version.

ACEGamer89
ACEGamer89

I understand that it's incredibly unlikely this makes it the US given the lack of enthusiasm for Formula 1 in the states, but as a fan, I can always keep hoping. I can also keep hoping Red Bull does it again tomorrow! This game looks fantastic and the PSP needs more good racing games.

x_madsin_x
x_madsin_x

Graphics look very bad, im holding onto my F1 CHAMPIONSHIP, until it comes out

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

online racing would be cool, international online tournament would be sweet! two Britons against 2 of each nationality!

daabulls23
daabulls23

F1 games are pretty fun. Hope online play is added in!

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

@gudni i can't remember of any explicit PSP to WII port, but of a lot of PS2 to Wii ports, and since the quality of psp games are ALMOST the one on PS2, so wii version will be a little improved psp version with worse controls... just like whe the game is on ps2 and wii... Shame on Wii.

wii_sean_wii
wii_sean_wii

please let this be a F1 driving simulator

SchumiF1
SchumiF1

Woot! Finally some news from Codemasters about the F1 game.

eXists
eXists

Please tell me it's coming to the US on the 360, if yes can't wait!!!

Eastcoast93
Eastcoast93

sounds good for 360...i wanted a f1 game anyway...i dont care about the 2010 release...enough expenses this year anyway ^^

tyzwain
tyzwain

Wahey finally, a couple of seasons to late but still.

x_madsin_x
x_madsin_x

WE want it this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hehehheheh!!!

Zcrimson07
Zcrimson07

hope they have more than a few customizable driver aids. if they dont have adjustable car set up i'll be pretty disappointed. and i hope its more realistic than GRID though I did love GRID

BradHummr
BradHummr

Go Codemasters! They make a lot of great racing games so I have pretty high hopes these games will be a success.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

Why Sony only for 2009? If it is based on the EGO engine, the same engine used for GRID which is multi platform, then why isn't F1 being made for all platforms this year?

invaderzim17
invaderzim17

Sounds great...but will it be released in North America? (I ask because this article is from GS UK.)

gudni
gudni

@nini200 What former game has been a PSP to Wii port? Why do you have so many thumbs up when your comment is just wrong? Does nobody challenge this. Somebody give me one example of a PSP to Wii port!

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

Nice - can't wait to pick it up on the PSP! Seems PSP is getting lots of titles this year!

bhamid123
bhamid123

I wish Microsoft did Forza on PC

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I can't wait for F1 2010, and they better release it on day-1 in NA.

RotaryRX7
RotaryRX7

Finally!!! I just wish EA could have had the license and just continued with one of their F1 games like the PS2 had. I loved those, F1 2001 and 2002 specifically. While Codemasters makes fun games like DiRT and GRID, they're not very realistic from a driving standpoint. When I play F1 games, I want 100% realism when it comes to driving. I hope it's more simulation than arcade. :(

modem22
modem22

OH yessss, 200 mph racing here we go. Make it as realistic as possible, one hit and HRMMMM ur done for the day!!!

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

Wii version = PSP game + gimmick controls + sligthy better graphs (hope for it)

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

M'eh, GT5 should cover all my bases when I get it.

aflamingninja
aflamingninja

woohoo! I'm tired of the outdated teams in F1 championship edition. hopefully the ai drivers are better this time around.

Zarkhaine
Zarkhaine

YESSSSS! I love F1 games. I just hope the AI cars are actually difficult in this game, I hate it when there's no challenge and you can just sail straight past them, without them defending their position. AI cars have been way too easy in past games.