Codemasters have already talked about their multiplayer focus for F1 2011. Cynics might think that’s because people were upset about the AI last time out so they’re hoping we’ll replace it all with real people. Imagine that. Your friends may be part of a nefarious plan to improve a game. This new video is all about the co-op championship mode, which will allow you and a friend to enjoy a bitter rivalry disguised as teamwork. Video below, as well as an earlier dev diary which does have some talk about AI.
I’m not sure why there needs to be a warning for ‘mild lyrics’. Mostly because I didn’t hear any lyrics at all. And I don’t think Ian Brown even says ‘bum’ in that song.
As for the game, the co-op mode is a wise addition. Gleaming rocket-cars can be very impersonal things but competition is so much better with a human edge. And this is a sport where teammates work together while looking out for number one so it won’t all be polite handshakes and mutual cork-popping. The strategic plotting and potential for power struggles in real F1 sometimes takes on the glorious aspect of a high-speed soap opera. Replicating that could be a lot of fun.
The release date of September 20th in the video is for North Americans. I believe it’s the 23rd for everyone else. It’ll be on Steam and in boxes, if those are your thing.
As for the AI drivers, take a look at the video below and see if it sets your mind at ease.