NEW F1 2012™ DEVELOPER DIARY REVEALS HOW GAMERS WILL“FEEL LIKE A FORMULA ONE™ DRIVER”

Friday, 31st August [10:00 UK] – Codemasters® today released a new developer diary for F1 2012, the next game in the award-winning series which will launch in the UK on September 21st for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. 

The new developer diary details the team’s objectives to “break new boundaries” and “match real life” as it introduces a wide range of new features and improvements that star in the game. Advances in physics, weather, audio and more are introduced alongside stunning in-game and real-life footage in the video, now playing at www.youtube.com/formula1game. ;

“Significant work has gone into the physics model, particularly the suspension, which has a real sea change on the feel of the car,” said Stephen Hood, Creative Director. “You can really attack the track. It’s those extra elements that make you feel like a real FORMULA ONE driver.”

“The whole weather scenario system has really been refined this year,” said Paul Jeal, Game Director. “You’ll get weather fronts come in now and it could be raining at one section of the track but dry on another. So you get those moments where you’re not sure which tyres to be on and that really mixes up the racing.” Stephen Hood added, “If you want that FORMULA ONE experience, the stuff we’ve been doing in 2012 has moved on a whole new generation now.”

F1 2012 is set to deliver the most accessible and immersive FORMULA ONE game for fans of all abilities. Players will feel the unparalleled thrill of becoming a FORMULA ONE driver with a host of new features, wide-ranging technical and gameplay advancements and extensive competitive and co-operative multiplayer components. F1 2012 will feature all of the official teams, drivers and circuits from the 2012 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™, including the debut of the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX at Austin, Texas and the return of Germany’s famous Hockenheim circuit to the calendar. 

F1 2012 is in development at Codemasters Birmingham for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and Windows PC and is available for pre-order ahead of its September worldwide release. To get all the news straight from the studio, race over to www.facebook.com/formula1game or follow the team on twitter at www.twitter.com/formula1game. ;

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NOTES:

Codemasters is the home of official FORMULA ONE games and is currently developing the official game of the 2012 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP for worldwide release in September. Codemasters’ FORMULA ONE portfolio will be expanded in 2012 with F1 ONLINE: THE GAME™, a free-to-play online management and racing game, due to go live this spring. An additional and all-new FORMULA ONE experience for a family audience, F1 RACE STARS™ is due this holiday season.

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Editor Notes

Since releasing its first FORMULA ONE game in 2009, Codemasters has shipped over 5.5m units. F1 2010 (Metacritic rating: 84) became the fastest-selling FORMULA ONE game ever on its release and won a BAFTA in 2011 in the Sports category. F1 2011, which launched September 2011, became the year’s best-selling 3rd-party racing title.

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Codemasters, the award winning video game developer and publisher, has a 25-year heritage. With titles distributed globally, Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of driving and racing entertainment games including DiRT, GRID and the official FORMULA ONE series of games including the BAFTA award-winning F1 2010, F1 2011 and F1 ONLINE: THE GAME. Codemasters employs over 500 people and operates multiple development studios from its Warwickshire HQ and Birmingham sites in the UK with a further art studio based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Codemasters is a winner of the coveted Grand Prix Award from the Develop Industry Excellence Awards, an award bestowed on the company felt by Develop to have contributed the most to the games medium in recent times. In March 2010, Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL), a part of India’s Reliance ADA group, acquired a 60 per cent shareholding in the company, alongside existing investor, Balderton Capital, the leading European venture capital firm. For more information on Codemasters’ product portfolio, please visit www.codemasters.com. Join in the conversation with @codemasters on Twitter or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/codemasters.

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