December 19th 2011 – 10:00 UK – Today Codemasters® announced that gamers can be amongst the first in the world to play F1 ONLINE: THE GAME by registering to join a closed beta programme at www.F1OnlineTheGame.com. F1 ONLINE: THE GAME is a new free-to-play racing and management game in production at Codemasters Studios under exclusive worldwide agreement with Formula One World Championship Limited and will feature all the cars, stars and circuits.
Codemasters has also launched F1 ONLINE: THE GAME’s first gameplay video, now showing at www.F1OnlineTheGame.com. Showcasing work-in-progress in-game footage, the trailer features wheel-to-wheel multiplayer racing around the iconic Monaco street circuit and reveals how fans can create and develop their very own team.
By registering for F1 ONLINE: THE GAME’s closed beta, players will have the opportunity to give their feedback and shape game features prior to the game’s worldwide launch in Q1 2012. Fans who are accepted into the closed beta also have the opportunity to earn in-game rewards when F1 ONLINE: THE GAME goes live. Players can register now and see the latest screens and videos from the game at www.F1OnlineTheGame.com. ;
F1 ONLINE: THE GAME will give players the chance to be the driver and the team boss in a game that combines intuitive top-down racing gameplay with a rewarding management game as players create and manage their own team. Fans will compete in online multiplayer races across a range of game modes, including GRAND PRIX™ events and a range of quick-fire challenges and Time Trials. Gamers will be able to track and share their progress via a range of leaderboard and social network features.
Players will have the opportunity to create their own racing team and become immersed in a world of FORMULA ONE™ on a grand scale; choosing their team name, designing a livery and leading the development of a personal franchise. As racer and team boss, they will manage the commercial, research, production and race crew functions required for success on track.
F1 ONLINE: THE GAME is being developed in house at Codemasters using the Unity game engine to deliver stunning performance in a web browser. Iconic tracks including Silverstone and Spa will be authentically brought to life by using track data and assets taken from the critically acclaimed F1 2011™ for high definition consoles and PC Games for Windows Live.
F1 ONLINE: THE GAME is set to launch in Q1 2012. To register interest, gamers can visit www.F1OnlineTheGame.com. To get all the news straight from the studio, race over to www.facebook.com/F1OnlineTheGame or follow the team on twitter at www.twitter.com/F1OnlineTheGame. ;
Codemasters, the award winning games developer and publisher, has a 24-year heritage and annual revenues in excess of US$ 150 Million. The company’s dominant brands include DiRT, GRID, Cricket and Operation Flashpoint; the company retains the exclusive worldwide video game rights to FORMULA ONE. F1 2010, the first multi-format high-definition FORMULA ONE racing game released September 2010, is the fastest-selling FORMULA ONE game ever released. Codemasters operates three UK development studios – one at its Warwickshire HQ with further sites at Guildford and Birmingham. An additional art studio is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2009 Codemasters won the coveted Grand Prix Award at the 2009 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. Across the group, Codemasters employs over 500 people. In March 2010, Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL), a part of India’s Reliance ADA group, acquired a 50 per cent shareholding in the company, alongside existing investor, Balderton Capital, the leading European venture capital firm that first invested in Codemasters in 2005. For more information on Codemasters’ product portfolio, please visit www.codemasters.com
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