The first screenshots of the brand new 2009 Wii F1 game have been released. SumoDigital have been tasked with creating this simulation of the 2009 Formula One season whilst being given a helping hand by Codemasters.
There is to also be a PSP handheld version released on the same day as the Wii incarnation which is scheduled for the 27th of November 2009. PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 owners will have to wait until 2010 to climb into their favourite F1 cars with a significantly upgraded game scheduled for release.
The video showing the 2009 game on the Wii was suitably shown with cars tearing around the Valencia street circuit, the current destination for the real F1 circus. You can view this video below.
F1 2009 is built on the EGO engine – the basis of Codemasters racing games to the present day. It is aimed at a family-orientated console rather than the cutting-edge PC, XBox 360 and PS3. This will not be a full-blown simulator, nor will it be an arcade game. The aim is to create an “accessible version,” states F1 2009 producer Jason Wakelam.
F1 2009 is to be a stickler for detail with all 17 circuits on the 2009 calendar available as well as all 20 F1 cars. The actual F1 teams have been involved with the production process and have assisted with data allowing highly accurate models to be produced.
So can you race with KERS in F1 2009? You will be glad to know the answer is yes. No details are currently available regarding the teams that will have it available to them as not all teams on the grid have this facility. However we would expect an option to either equip all cars with KERS or to have the authentic selection of cars with and without it. This remains to be seen and confirmed however.
Damage modelling is said to be accurately modelled in both versions of the game and a fully dynamic weather system should see you rushing into the pits at a moments notice to grab a set of wet tyres – something we all like to experience in our racing games i’m sure.
F1 2009 is set to be a great game and promises to be highly accessible to almost every age group. Much research has been undertaken to establish what the armchair Wii F1 fan wants from their game and this appears to be both arcade and simulation experiences. The Wii version is also going to employ a ‘fair race’ system that will ensure adults and children alike can race together fairly, enhancing the fun for all concerned.
F1 2009 looks to be a very promising game for a market starved of an official F1 game for far too long. It remains to be seen just what the power-gamers will make of their release next year but from the look of F1 2009 the foundations seem to be laid for a fabulous experience.
For a good look at the latest screenshots from the preview of F1 2009 visit Sim Racing World.