F1 2012 is not the only Formula One game coming to retail this year – with Codemasters preparing an over-the-top spin-off for Christmas.
F1 Race Stars has more in common with Mario Kart than the hardcore, realistic F1 simulator series. The game presents iconic F1 stars - including Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton - as cartoon characters, and features transforming corkscrew tracks and powerups. All of which should help this F1 title appeal to a younger audience than the core series.
All-Stars is set to launch in November. The tracks, racers and cars are all based on their real-life counterparts. And development duties are being handled by the Codemasters Racing Studio in Birmingham, the same developer responsible for the main F1 series.
“We’re really excited to bring the whole cast of Formula One into a fun new world of racing," said F1 Race Stars senior producer Chris Gray.
"We’ve really let our Art and Design teams off the leash to bring F1 stars’ personalities alive in a new way and create a game where racing fans of all ages can jump into all-action solo, split-screen and online multiplayer races. It’s the game we’ve wanted to create for a long time and, building on our strong relationship with Formula One Management Limited, we’re now able to bring Codemasters’ long-standing expertise in track design and AI to create a Formula One racing experience quite unlike any other.”
Codemasters' other F1 game, F1 2012, is due on September 21st.