Groundbreaking Features on the Horizon for the F1® 23 Launch
Sky Sports F1 presenter Natalie Pinkham has unveiled what players can expect from the new EA SPORTS™ F1® 23 video game, which is set to launch on June 16, 2023, on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC platforms. This comes after the initial reveal of the game last week, which was met with considerable excitement by fans of the series.
Significant Changes to Handling and Physics
One of the key aspects that F1® 23 brings to the table is the impressive overhaul of the handling and physics system compared to previous iterations of the game. These changes promise to improve overall vehicle driveability, traction at low speeds, and a more authentic vehicle behavior in areas such as acceleration, braking, and cornering.
Updates to physics calculations, engine torque delivery, and improved interaction between the tires and the inertia of the car are set to offer veteran players a more genuine F1® driving experience. The game’s developers have also refined the effects of on-track surfaces like kerbs and rumble strips on the cars, enhancing the realism of the driving experience.
The team at EA SPORTS™ has actively sought feedback from real F1® teams and drivers, including Anthony Davidson, to balance mechanical grip from tyres and aerodynamic grip from the cars more closely.
The Introduction of Precision Drive™
In addition to the revamped handling and physics, F1® 23 will also debut the Precision Drive™ controller technology. This innovation aims to enhance the gaming experience for players using a pad controller, providing a more precise and direct feel for greater accuracy with each steering input.
New Race Distance Option
Recognizing that players have diverse preferences for race lengths, F1® 23 introduces a 35% race distance, previously only seen in F1® Esports. This new option bridges the gap between short and long race options while retaining the full-race rules such as mandatory pit stops.
Red Flags Make a Comeback
F1® 23 marks the return of red flags to the series after nine years. These can be triggered by racing incidents in multiplayer, by the AI in offline modes, or during periods of extreme wet weather conditions, adding a new layer of strategy and unpredictability to the races. Players will be able to adjust the sensitivity of red flags to suit their preferences.
New Racing Locations
The upcoming game will feature the debut of two new racing locations – the Las Vegas Street Circuit in Nevada, USA, and the Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar. These tracks have been meticulously designed using thousands of reference photos, substantial photogrammetry data, official FOM computer-aided design, and ArcGIS World Atlas aerial imagery to provide the most authentic experience.
Much More to Come
While these features barely scratch the surface of what’s to come in F1® 23, fans can look forward to other enhancements such as Braking Point 2, F1® World, enhanced multiplayer, as well as the return of Career and My Team modes. More details about these features will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Pre-Order Available Now
Pre-orders for the digital-exclusive F1® 23 Champions Edition are available now. This edition, featuring two-time reigning World Champion Max Verstappen on the cover, comes with a host of exciting content, including a Time-limited Las Vegas Content Pack and a 3-day early access starting from June 13, 2023. The standard edition of F1® 23, featuring EA SPORTS ambassador Charles Leclerc alongside Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris, is also available for pre-order.