Formula 1 Game Delay Leaves Fans in Suspense, but Developers Promise a Worthwhile Wait

Formula 1 Game Delay Leaves Fans in Suspense, but Developers Promise a Worthwhile Wait
Nacho Requena Molina

Nacho Requena Molina

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There are few bigger shots in the foot than the one that the official game of Formula 1 does to itself every year: that of not coming out at the same time as the start of the season. When soccer kicks off, we all know that the new FIFA release will only take a few weeks to reach the market, but with the F1 title this is not the case, why?

This question is one of the most repeated by all players, and the answer is uncertain if we consider that there is no official information as such. However, we do have assumptions and those rumors that slip between developers and executives, as is the case of the important secrecy that is maintained around the official cars.


As the F1 lover will know, the cars are not known until practically the beginning of the season. In other words, we have not publicly known the design or specifications of the Aston Martin for a year or more, for example. The confidentiality is enormous due to the existing competitiveness between the different teams, hence these data are not disclosed to anyone; and here comes the development studio on duty, who has no choice – as is logical – but to stick to the rules of the game so that no one gets out of the language.

No data, no game. It’s as simple as that. It is true and true that Codemasters can work on a multitude of different sections, but it cannot recreate neither designs nor sensations until the cars are running or values are known. Therefore, developers can work on gameplay, modes and so on, but not on the most important information. With all this behind us, the result is that we don’t see the game until the summer, when half of the competition has already taken place.

This issue could have more points of friction, but the reality is that the rest of the elements offer no room for confusion. After all, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) regulations and other variants can be integrated from a long time ago. The complexity lies, therefore, in cars and drivers. That’s all.

This is the most commented explanation behind the scenes when asked why F1 2023 is not a reality at this time, especially when the competition begins and in countries like Spain there is much desire to get behind the wheel of Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin. In the absence of official information, we will have to wait, although there is no release date for this year. And we doubt that it is because of Electronic Arts, if it were up to them… it would already be on sale.

If any gamer wants to enjoy an F1 video game right now, they have no choice but to turn to the latest version. For example, it is currently within the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. On the other hand, if you’re more into simulation and race management, F1 Manager 2022 is free on Steam. Although the mode is totally different from what F1 2023 proposes, you will certainly also have driving for a while.

Nacho Requena Molina

Nacho Requena Molina

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