One of the most highly anticipated racing games ever announced is just around the corner. F1 Manager 2022, the inaugural game in what will become the F1 Manager series, will go live for those who pre-ordered on 25 August. Here are all the F1 Manager details you need to know.
Image Credit: Frontier Developments / Formula 1
Plenty has been shared about how the game will look and what the primarily gameplay loop will consist of. However, with all the masses of information out there, it can be easy to get lost.
The Basics – What is F1 Manager 2022?
First and foremost, let’s go over the basics for those who don’t already know what the game is about. F1 Manager 2022 won’t let you race – at least not in the way we are used to from racing games. Instead of taking the place of a driver behind the wheel, players will have to fill the shoes of the likes of Toto Wolff and Christian Horner, operating Formula 1 teams as the team principal.
Essentially, the gameplay will be similar to the likes of Playsport Games’ Motorsport Manager. Outside of races, players can sign and train drivers and staff, as well as designing parts. Factory development, sponsor acquisition, financial management – more or less anything you can think of that goes on behind the scenes at an F1 Team, you’ll be able to control.
Then there are the races themselves. Here, the player will be able to direct their driver’s strategy. This doesn’t just mean pitstops, players can also command their drivers to push or back off, depending on what is needed at that stage of the race. Team orders and authentic radio messages from the real life drivers are also included.
Pre-Orders, Price and Platforms
While it hasn’t yet released, F1 Manager 2022 will be available for £44.99 / $59.99 / €49.99. Those who pre-order the game will benefit from a 10% discount. They will also gain access to the title at 3pm BST on 25 August 2022. The release date for players who don’t pre-order is 30 August instead.
While one might tend to associate management titles with PC, F1 Manager will be available on all major consoles apart from the Nintendo Switch. Furthermore, this includes the previous generation of Xbox and PlayStation consoles. For PC players, both Steam and Epic Games will offer the title.
Depth and Gameplay
Sadly, F1 Manager 2022 won’t allow players to create their own F1 teams. Instead, you will have to make do with taking over one of the ten existing marques. However, the number of seasons one can play into the future is unlimited.
To facilitate this, the game will make use of ‘regens’ just like Football Manager. These are fictional drivers and staff who will take the place of the current pool when they retire.
Another aspect of the game intended to prolong the lifespan of a single save is the fact that a team’s factory and facilities will require refurbishments over time. However, time will tell whether F1 Manager 2022 can avoid situations where the player’s team becomes so good, that losing is nigh-on impossible.
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