Just a few surprises emerged when the primary particulars of the 2021 version of the official System 1 recreation had been introduced earlier this month.
F1 2021 would be the twelfth recreation within the collection for main platforms since Codemasters took over the franchise.
Nevertheless followers in some areas should pay considerably extra for the newest PC version of the sport. Rises of over 50% are the norm in lots of international locations, whereas some have seen three-, four- and even five-fold will increase within the retail worth of the brand new recreation.
Data from SteamDB signifies followers in Argentina face the steepest worth rise, from 649.99 pesos to three,599.00 – a rise of 453.7%. In Turkey, the place final 12 months’s recreation retailed for 92 lira, F1 2021 will value 419.99, a 356.5% enhance.
The typical worth of the sport has elevated throughout all areas. However because the graph beneath displays, the most important worth rises by far have hit much less rich or growing nations comparable to Indonesia, Mexico and the Philippines. The US worth stays unchanged, whereas in Britain it has risen by 11%, and 9% within the Eurozone.
The change in pricing construction was not talked about within the press launch asserting the sport’s arrival in July. The dimensions of the rise has unsurprisingly left many players questioning whether or not they are going to be capable of afford the brand new version.
The worth hike resulted from the takeover of Codemasters by Digital Arts earlier this 12 months. The writer instructed RaceFans in a press release: “F1 2021’s pricing is according to each EA’s and main trade publishers’ method for every area. We’re dedicated to providing honest pricing and worth for all of our video games.”
However whereas it might be according to different EA video games, it isn’t according to previous observe for the System 1 collection. The tip of lower-cost regional pricing of the official F1 recreation mar hurt the game’s recognition in these markets.
One other change, one which impacts all gamers, will see F1 2021 go on sale with no full roster of tracks. That is one thing Codemasters haven’t executed beforehand, however it’s probably unrelated to the EA takeover.
The 2021 F1 calendar incorporates a record-breaking 23 races, three of which occur on circuits which weren’t a part of final 12 months’s recreation. These are Autodromo do Algarve – the venue of this weekend’s race – Imola in Italy which held the earlier spherical, and the brand new Jeddah metropolis circuit in Saudi Arabia.
A number of of those venues had been solely confirmed lately. The Jeddah circuit was revealed in mid-March and Algarve was added to the 2021 schedule a month earlier than that. This left little time to construct the brand new circuit fashions for the sport.
Constructing 3D representations of five-kilometre racing circuits to the diploma of element demanded by fashionable players is a “huge endeavor”, Codemasters’ Formula 1 game director Lee Mather told RaceFans last year.
“Roughly, a monitor [takes] round a 12 months of man-hours to construct,” he mentioned. Two new tracks had been constructed for final 12 months’s recreation and each had been prepared for its launch in July, however the plans for Zandvoort and Hanoi had been identified a lot earlier, permitting Codemasters to start out work sooner.
Final 12 months’s recreation featured the 22 tracks which had been initially introduced for the 2020 season, lots of which didn’t maintain their races because of the pandemic. ‘New’ venues comparable to Imola and Algarve, plus Mugello, Nurburgring and Istanbul, weren’t added.
Past the three new tracks for 2021, Codemasters additionally needed to make intensive adjustments to some present circuit fashions. The Circuit de Catalunya has a brand new flip 10 and Australia’s Albert Park circuit has been extensively revised.
This 12 months’s recreation might also differ from the ultimate real-world calendar, as some rounds of this 12 months’s championship are unsure. Istanbul could return to interchange the Canadian Grand Prix, and there’s already doubt November’s race in Brazil will be able to go ahead.
The upshot is F1 2021 will hit the cabinets in July in an incomplete state, which is able to make it a much less compelling product, notably for these being requested to pay 5 instances as a lot for it.
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