F1 2022 will be released by EA and Codemasters at the end of this month, but for those who are more interested in the technical and strategic aspects of Formula 1, Frontier is preparing to release F1 Manager 22 in August.
The new product, which will be the first fully licensed Formula 1 management game outside of mobile titles in over two decades, will give players a truly immersive experience leading a racing team at the pinnacle of motorsports.
Launching this August
With all 20 drivers and ten constructors from the current season available in F1 2022, you’ll be able to pick your favorite team and lead them to success in the game’s Career Mode, where you’ll set season-long and long-term goals for the board.
A Formula One Team Principal has a wide range of responsibilities. You have to manage a highly technical team of engineers, dance around the egos of high-strung drivers, and, if you follow the Christian Horner and Toto Wolff school of thought, direct regular scathing put-downs at your bitter competitor in the Netflix series.
F1 2022, which will be released on August 25 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, intends to cover the most, if not all, of those obligations. While a management game will, by definition, lack the adrenaline rush of driving a car in a more traditional F1 gamer, genuine fans of the sport understand how vital and engaging the technical and interpersonal aspects of the sport can be.
About the F1 2022 Gameplay
As team principal, your job as a gamer will be to take possession of one of the ten existing Formula One teams and lead them to success across numerous seasons. You’ll have to sweet talk sponsors, hire real-world drivers and personnel, expand your facilities, modify strategy in the middle of the race, and determine the direction of development all while staying under the budget constraint. And there were those of us who wished for a champagne-filled jacuzzi at our office.
Interestingly, this does not resemble any other management game we’ve ever seen. Developer Frontier has chosen to make this managerial game considerably more dramatic than the dressed-up set of spreadsheets it could have been, much like Tom Cruise insists on flinging himself out of a plane to capture the perfect shot.
When you’ve finished all of your tweakings and are ready to start a racing weekend, you’ll be greeted with stunning graphics and a broadcast-quality presentation. Unnecessary, but appreciated.
F1 2022 Manager’s success, based on the phenomenon that is Football Manager, will be judged not in terms of the number of copies sold, but in terms of the number of previously strong marriages ruined. We’ve already got a divorce lawyer on fast dial based on what we’ve seen so far.