When Codemasters announced F1 2016 [official site], they talked about safety cars and an improved career mode as the big exciting improvements to this year’s road-dolphin game. Pssh! Today they added that oh, yeah, now it supports full 22-player multiplayer too. That’s enough players in one race to fill a full Formula 1 starting grid without any AI drivers filling in. Also revealed today are Formation Laps, manual race starts, and more control with pit stops. Sim-u-like.
“Increasing the multiplayer support to 22 players was extremely important to us,” principal game designer Lee Mather said in today’s announcement. “We want to be able to fill the whole grid with human players to create those great race moments and stories. It also provides greater support for online leagues.”
As for manual race starts, Codies say players “will have to engage the clutch and balance the revs as they wait for the lights to go out.” And on the pit stop front, “The driver will also be able to have manual control over their pit lane entry and braking as they look to minimize the time they lose when pitting.” Do check out the announcement for more details on those and more car stuff.
F1 2016 is due on August 19th, priced at £39.99/49,99€/$59.99. Codies put out a new trailer today too, with lots of serious men looking downwards: