Formula 1 unveiled an F1 Manager simulation game on Monday as the first product of a multi-title deal with British-based Frontier Developments.
It said the game, to launch during the 2022 season, will involve players having to balance budgets and hire staff while making critical decisions and handling the pressure of a race weekend.
Frontier and F1 signed a multi-year licensing agreement in 2020 to develop and publish management games annually. F1 Manager will be released on multiple platforms including Xbox and PlayStation as well as PC.
Formula 1 said the game would have “unparalleled authenticity and broadcast-quality presentation.”
Ross Brawn, Managing Director – Motorsports, Formula 1®: “It’s great to see F1 Manager 2022 take shape and for people to see this exciting title come to life. I know from personal experience that leading a team can be challenging, but it’s certainly rewarding. The F1 Manager franchise is a great opportunity for fans to put themselves in the shoes of a team principal and experience some of that for themselves. I am confident that with their own successful track record in management gaming, Frontier will deliver an enjoyable and engaging experience for fans.”
David Braben, CEO and Founder, Frontier Developments: “We are delighted to partner with the great team at F1 on this exciting opportunity. We’ve been working closely with them to deliver a truly authentic experience, and they have provided us with extensive access to all aspects of the sport to enable us to do this. We feel this is the start of something special – we’re looking forward to bringing F1 Manager 2022 to players in summer 2022.”
Andy Fletcher, Game Director, Frontier Developments: “There’s never been a better time to be a Formula 1 fan, and we’re excited to deliver our take on the world of turbocharged management games with the biggest racing brand in the world. F1 Manager 2022 will deliver an experience for both new and long-term fans that is as authentic as it is exciting. Our commitment to the ever-changing world of F1 will build a strong foundation for a long and special series that will evolve over time.”
Last season saw a thrilling battle down to the wire between Mercedes’ seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s eventual winner Max Verstappen, with plenty of verbal sparring between team bosses Toto Wolff and Christian Horner. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Additional Reporting by Grandprix247)