Codemasters is hoping to entice gamers to buy their upcoming Formula One game ahead of its release in late September with their demo, which gamers can now download and play…unless they’re in Japan.
Formula One is one of the biggest sports in the world, with legions upon legions of fans cheering their favourite teams and drivers as races are won by a margin of less than a tenth of a second. The level of precision required to drive a Formula One car is astounding and the speeds at which the cars travel at are a sight to behold.
However, not many people have the chance to actually go to a Formula One race let alone drive a car of that classification. For those people, Codemasters has developed the latest iteration of their critically acclaimed F1 series, F1 2012.
A number of iterations of the game have been released over the years and the series has built up quite a reputation for itself as well. The previous instalment in the game, F1 2011, topped the PC sales charts in the United Kingdom for a considerable period of time and Codemasters will be hoping for more of the same this time around.
The demo for F1 2012 is Codemasters way of showing existing fans of the series a number of new features that have been introduced while at the same time remaining accessible enough for newcomers to not feel as daunted as they would have if they had to purchase the full game at retail price.
According to Codemasters the demo has two new features for players to experience, “the first day of the Young Driver Test and the first race of Season Challenge at Monza.”
The demo is out and available on all consoles, across all territories, except Japan where the demo is set to release on the 24th of September.
F1 2012 is not the only game with the F1 branding that is currently being developed by Codemasters as the studio is also looking to bring a karting game using their license as well. The game will feature all the major drivers, such as Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, driving around in kart-ified versions of their cars.
The game was revealed earlier on in the year and is titled, F1 Race Stars and is set to cater to casual gamers. Codemasters hopes that the game’s accessibility could turn casual gamers into fans of their core series one day.
However, for now F1 fans have the latest instalment in Codemasters’ upcoming game, F1 2012, on their minds which is scheduled for release in the United Kingdom on the 21st of September, across all major consoles and platforms (i.e. The PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PCs).