Codemasters will remain the exclusive games developer of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship until 2025, according to a post on its official blog.
The British developer, which also works on the successful DiRT rally series and the multi-discipline GRID series, announced that it had extended its contract until 2025, with options for a further extension for two more years subject to performance thresholds. This shouldn’t be much of a problem with recent releases scoring well on Metacritic, including our very own review of this year’s installment.
In fact Codemasters has already been making official F1 titles for 11 years, debuting with F1 2009. This new deal will see that stretch to almost two decades of annual F1 releases.
Frank Sagnier, chief executive officer at Codemasters, commented:
“We are delighted to be extending our long-term partnership with the pinnacle of motorsport. Both the sport and game franchise are going from strength to strength and the arrival of new platforms, business models and territories, combined with the rapid growth of the F1 Esports Series, give us a springboard to even greater success.
“I’d like to thank the team for the incredible hard work they have put into this franchise over the last ten years, and I look forward to seeing how they continue to innovate to surprise and delight our current players and bring new fans to the exciting world of Formula 1.”
Codemasters announced the news shortly after Formula One Management officially unveiled the rules for the 2021 season, including radically redesigned cars, cost caps, more standardized parts, and revised race weekends.
The New Balance F1 Esports Pro Series, using the F1 games, is currently in its third season, with Red Bull leading the constructors’ championship and Ferrari and Renault following very closely. Ferrari’s David Tonizza comfortably leads the drivers’ championship in the manufacturer’s debut season, while Red Bull’s Frederik Rasmussen sits in second place. Reigning champion Brendon Leigh meanwhile is fifth in the rankings. Rounds 7, 8, and 9 take place on November 6, at Gfinity Esports Arena in London.
Written by Daniel Grady.