The 2023 Formula 1 season has been completed, so we're already looking forward to EA Sports F1 24. What do we know so far about the 2024 F1 game, though?
While the game hasn't been officially revealed yet, we know that this series will continue to be developed by Codemasters and published by EA Sports. So, here's everything we know about F1 24!
Latest news: F1 24 officially revealed
After multiple rumours, teases, and leaks, we finally have an official reveal of F1 24!
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), EA has finally pulled back the curtain on this year's F1 entry. Not only that, the release date for F1 has also been announced, and it's earlier than expected.
Rumours of a May release have proved to be true, with F1 24 launching on 31 May. Players who preorder the game can get behind the wheel three days early, putting them on the grid from 28 May.
F1 24 will get a full reveal in April, so for now we remain in the dark as to any new features, game modes, and other surprises Codemasters may have cooked up.
F1 24: The 2024 Formula 1 Game
Alongside the F1 Manager series, the EA Sports F1 game is the officially licenced Formula 1 game for the pinnacle of motorsport. F1 24 will have fully licenced teams, tracks and drivers from the upcoming season.
F1 24 will also have all of the 2023 Formula 2 grid, including drivers and teams. The 2024 F2 grid will be added part way through the game's life cycle, like in previous seasons.
F1 24 will also see popular offline game modes such as Time Trial, Grand Prix mode and the series' incredible Career Mode "My Team". F1 Online will no doubt see major changes as well, just like we saw with F1 23's F1 World.
Codemasters has developed this series since 2009, so this will mark 15 years since Codies took over the franchise. So, with all that in mind, here's what we can expect from F1 24!
New career mode
One of the most requested features in the F1 games is a new career mode. Since My Team was introduced, career modes in F1 games have seen little innovation, with Codemasters prioritising new modes like F1 World and Braking Point in recent entries. That's set to change in F1 24.
F1 24 will introduce an "all-new" and "overhauled" career mode with "new gameplay rooted in the sport." We'll have to wait until the full reveal in April to find out what this means, but a new career mode should revitalise the series.
More authentic handling
Codemasters continues to refine the handling model in the official F1 games, and F1 24 is no exception. F1 24 boasts "more authentic handling" with improved physics that "gives you more control over how your personal driving style impacts your car's performance and race strategy."
A new engine?
With F1 23 being teased as a "fresh start," fans were hoping last year's game would get an upgraded engine to improve the graphical fidelity. This wasn't the case, however, as F1 23 ran on Codemasters' Ego engine, which has powered every official F1 game since F1 2010.
It's not clear yet if F1 24 will use a new engine. EA Sports WRC switched to Unreal Engine 4, so F1 24 may also use Unreal. Ego branding is nowhere to be seen on store listing pages either. However, with F1 24 also coming to PS4 and Xbox One, it may still run on the Ego engine.
Editions, price and pre-order bonuses
Like F1 23, two F1 24 editions will be available: the Standard and Champions Edition, with the latter offering special bonuses.
Players who pre-order the Champions Edition will receive two new Formula 1 Icons, 18,000 Pitcoin and an F1 World Bumper Pack featuring resources for single and multiplayer gameplay events.
On top of these perks, players will also get a bonus VIP Podium pass along with early access starting on 28 May.
That's not all, as the Champions Edition is also adding 2024 season content to F1 23. To keep fans connected to the 2024 season before F1 24 arrives, those who pre-order the game can access new Time Trial challenges in F1 24 with selected 2024 team cars ahead of this weekend's race in Bahrain.
Those who pre-order the Standard Edition will receive 5,000 Pitcoin and an F1 World Starter Pack.
As for pricing, the Standard Edition will cost £59.99 on PC and £69.99 on PS5/Xbox Series X|S, while the Champions Edition will set you back £79.99 on PC and £89.99 on PS5/Xbox Series X|S.
F1 23 saw Braking Point return for its second iteration. After the game mode was omitted in F1 22, this was a very welcome returning feature. The main question is though, will Braking Point return for a third game in F1 24?
Well, that's difficult to say for a number of reasons. For a start, both of the Braking Points took place across two seasons, something that wouldn't be possible for F1 23.
Braking Point 2 took place in 2022 and 2023, and while Braking Point 3 could only be set during 2024, that would be a downgrade on the previous iterations.
Also, the studio that has been making Braking Point is based in Ukraine and there are obviously difficulties around that part of the world at the moment.
We'd love to see Braking Point back for F1 24, but we also want it to be of the same quality as we've seen before. For that, we're willing to wait another year, which is probably what's going to happen.
Drivers and Teams
For the first time in Formula 1 history, the F1 grid has remained the same from the end of one season to the beginning of the next. All twenty drivers that ended the 2023 season have re-signed with their teams for 2024.
That doesn't mean there aren't any changes to be seen, though, as Alfa Romeo's sponsorship of the Sauber team has ended, so the Swiss outfit will once again be known by their factory name in 2024.
So, with that in mind, these are the 2024 F1 teams and their drivers for the upcoming season:
- Red Bull: Max Verstappen & Sergio Perez
- Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton & George Russell
- Ferrari: Charles Lecerlc & Carlos Sainz
- McLaren: Lando Norris & Oscar Piastri
- Aston Martin: Fernando Alonso & Lance Stroll
- Alpine: Pierre Gasly & Esteban Ocon
- Williams: Alex Albon & Logan Sargeant
- AlphaTauri: Yuki Tsunoda & Daniel Ricciardo
- Sauber: Valtteri Bottas & Zhou Guanyu
- Haas: Nico Hulkenberg & Kevin Magnussen
The main changes are to the order of the calendar, as some races have been moved forward or pushed back to "regionalise" the roster. So, for example, the Japanese Grand Prix will take place in Spring rather than the Autumn.
There are going to be a few layout changes for circuits too, as the Singapore Grand Prix's Marina Bay Street Circuit will revert back to its regular layout for 2024. So, this is the currently 2024 calendar, in order:
- Bahrain: Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
- Saudi Arabia: Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah
- Australia: Albert Park, Melbourne
- Japan: Suzuka
- China: Shanghai
- Miami: Miami International Autodrome
- Emilia Romagna: Imola
- Monaco: Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
- Canada: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
- Spain: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
- Austria: Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
- Britain: Silverstone
- Hungary: Hungaroring
- Belgium: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
- Netherlands: Zandvoort
- Italy: Monza
- Azerbaijan: Baku Street Circuit
- Singapore: Marina Bay Street Circuit
- USA: Circuit of the Americas
- Mexico: Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City
- Brazil: Interlagos, Sao Paulo
- Las Vegas: Las Vegas Strip Circuit
- Qatar: Lusail
- Abu Dhabi: Yas Marina Circuit
This is in spite of EA Sports WRC not being released on the last-gen systems in a move that has arguably helped the game. Therefore it's strange that F1 24 is not doing the same as well, as this will allow the developers to fully utilise the new hardware with more processing power available to them.
As for PC gamers, you can find the minimum and recommended system requirements here. Like F1 23, F1 24 will support VR on PC for players who want an extra layer of immersion. Sadly, PSVR2 support is yet to be confirmed and isn't listed on the PlayStation Store.
F1 23 wasn't released on Nintendo Switch, so we expect that to be the case for F1 24 as well.
We now have a release date for F1 24, and unlike last year we don't have long to wait at all.
F1 24 launches on 31 May 2024, almost two months ahead of the usual release window. This puts F1 24's launch exactly between the Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix in the real world, giving players a better chance of catching up with the real calendar.
Players who preorder the game can get three days early access, meaning they can join the grid from 28 May 2024. Preorder bonuses also include exclusive 2024 car liveries and VIP Podium Pass rewards.
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