Codies Bringing F1 To The Browser

By John Walker on January 14th, 2011 at 11:14 am.

Some concept art.

Combining the internet with driving can often result in crashing into lampposts or squishing humans. But combining driving with the internet seems to prove significantly less dangerous. Thankfully Codemasters intend to pursue the latter, with a new browser-based F1 project. They’re recruiting a team for it now, intending to take the obviously popular license in the oh-so modern direction of playing inside an internet window thingie. Or as Codies even less clearly put it, “an original FORMULA ONE service-based online game.”

The game (that currently has no name) will, they say, be “highly accessible”. Which is “thanks to an innovative design approach to car control, while offering persistence and depth of gameplay for a mainstream online gaming audience.”

Which is intriguing. An innovation beyond steering with the cursor keys? Maybe it’ll be QTEs. “PRESS UP, UP, DOWN, UP, RIGHT TO TURN LEFT!” Although possibly not.

Would you like to work on it? Codies’ jobs board is currently pulling together a crack team for the task.

Meanwhile, my project – where you hook your car’s controls up to a GPS-style screen that displays an F1 race and then use real-world controls to play – is failing to get off the ground. Blah blah, human tragedy, blah blah, school playground. Bloody health and safety.

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    Faldrath says:

    So instead of patching the F1 2010 patch that broke the graphics and force feedback for a lot of PC gamers, they’re making browser games? Lovely.

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      Rikard Peterson says:

      How do you get that from them *recruiting a new team* to work on a browser game?

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      Faldrath says:

      Eh, their excuse for not patching the game again is that they can’t spare the resources going into F1 2011 development.

      I’m bitter, but that’s only because I really loved F1 2010. I was having a blast, until I got the save game bug that wiped my season. I thought “ok, they said there’ll be a patch soon, so I’ll wait”. And then came the patch… and the game was unplayable because of force feedback issues. I assumed there’d be another patch, since the issue was so glaring (along with the wet graphics corruption). There wasn’t, and they have simply pretty much stopped answering threads in their forums.

    • Fox89 says:

      “Can’t spare resources” is Codemasters speak for “The team that developed F1 2010 is too busy working on F1 2011 to patch the game again”. This is an entirely new project, same as Operation Flashpoint or Jumpgate Evolution and doesn’t have the slightest effect on F1 2010 or 2011 in any way. They’re not even hiring at the same studio that F1 2010 was created!

      So lament a patch all you like, but in terms of this new announcement it is completely irrelevant.

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      Alabaster Crippens says:

      I should probably try to grow up a little, but basically ‘wet graphics corruption’ is the best three word phrase I’ve heard in ages. Possibly a good name for my ‘return to form’ sixth album.

  2. MrCraigL says:

    Slightly OT but, I really wish f1 2010 had a co-op grand prix mode. Online is practically dead so if two people want to race together then usually end up with just those two on the track – which is a bit rubbish.

    • Bobby Jaffa says:

      Forgive me if I have misunderstood but you can add bots to a season long multiplayer game. My friend and I ran into a similar problem until we added the AI drivers. Unfortunately you can’t race on the same team but since we both take one of the new teams, it didn’t really matter. Propping up the back…

      Again, apologies if I have simply not understood your post correctly.

  3. KillahMate says:

    Yeah, but what’s the platform? Flash? Unity?

    Oh dear. From looking at the posted jobs it seems they’re going to make their own plugin, a la Quake Live. The worst way to do it. Why do people insist on doing it the hard way!?

    • Mctittles says:

      I agree. The entire point of having a plugin like flash or unity is having the resources for a variety of web programs already downloaded.
      If they are going to make us download their own plugin, might as well not even do browser based.

  4. Mctittles says:

    Did codemasters forget to pay their web hosting bill? I’m getting an ad page.

  5. MindFukr says:

    Codies really should offer all owners of F1 2010 (lots of potential, makings of a great game, just a bit rushed) 30-50% discount on their next patch.. er I mean F1 2011.

  6. rhymin says:

    They should make an f1 version of the b-spec mode from gran turismo

  7. Bobby Jaffa says:

    The picture reminds me of how much time I used to spend playing that Spectrum game. It never occurred to me that a one-man pit crew was anything but the norm.

  8. yxxxx says:

    Theres already a f1 game browser based game. Well sort off also has many other types of motorsport its called . Batracer definatly worth checking out