Free-to-play F1 game in-bound

Codemasters is developing F1 Online: The Game, a free-to-play browser title due in Q1 2012.

Consumers can sign up to the game now by visiting the website, www.f1onlinethegame.com.

Formula One is a proven major games brand that resonates with players on a global level and is recognised as one the biggest sports licenses in videogames. As the worldwide gaming market evolves, 2012 is the perfect time to extend this series to the free-to-play market,” said Codemasters Online VP David Solari.

Building on the commercial and critical success of our high-definition F1 games, this is an exciting opportunity to bring our passion for the sport and our expertise in racing to a new audience. With a bespoke design for accessible browser play, F1 Online: The Game is a perfect complimentary experience to the HD series and will appeal to a broad spectrum of Formula One millions of fans worldwide.”

The game is part of Codemasters’ deal with F1, which will see the launch of a blockbuster retail game, F1 2011, next month.

In the free-to-play title, gamers take part in range of online multiplayer races, with official drivers teams and tracks. It will also include social network integration and leaderboards.

Players can also create their own team , and can manage the commercial, production, research and race crew functions.

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