Codemasters’ F1 series of games have never been short on story elements as players created their own narrative for their custom racer, but this year’s entry in the long-running annual series features a new narrative component called Braking Point, and it stars a cast of new and returning characters.
In a blog post, Codemasters revealed who players will be able to play as in Braking Point. Aiden Jackson is described as a young and promising driver with talent that lifted him out of F2 and into F1, although he’s not yet sure of his place in the main event of motorsports. Contrasting Jackson’s turn as the newest rookie in F1 is his veteran teammate Casper Akkerman, described as having an ice-cold and no-nonsense approach to F1 as he struggles to remain at the top of his game while also realizing that his career is slowly coming to an end.
On the more antagonistic side of the cast is Devon Butler, a brash and talented driver who is determined to cement his legacy by any means possible. Over in the pits, Brian Doyle can be found, where he serves as the direct liaison to the team principal and spends a lot of his time as the go-between, passing on messages, race strategies, or ironing out any grievances within the team. Rounding out the cast is Zoe Akkerman, Casper’s wife and confidante.
F1 2021 will also have a two-player career feature that allows players to join forces or race competitively with rival teams in synchronous sessions, while real-season starts will enable players to jump in at any point in the calendar that has already occurred with up-to-date standings. My Team and two-player split-screen is back, with Codemasters aiming to bring as many players as possible onto the starting grid with a number of assist settings.
F1 2021 launches on PC via Steam, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on July 16, but with Codemasters now being part of EA’s family, it looks like this year’s entry in the F1 series will be more expensive as pricing for the title has dramatically increased in several parts of the world.
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