When Codemasters picked up the Formula One license way back in 2008 we had our fingers crossed that the talented racing game maker would not only do the modern championship justice, but also revisit some classic seasons.
And if we’re lucky, that may soon become a reality.
During a recent press event for F1 2011, chief game designer Steve Hood told us that such a feature would be “a cool thing to include” and suggested that the idea is currently being batted around the office.
“When you talk about historical stuff, we really want it!” said Hood.
“I want to be able to race the ’92 Monaco race with Senna versus Mansell as a particular scenario – it would be awesome!
“I think it’s more likely for the first instance to get individual cars and build scenarios around them, rather than building the entire field in a season.
“I don’t think it would be a standalone game because the further away you get, the less likely you are to have a market for that. However, I do think it’s a cool thing to include and if it was built on top of the game as DLC, I honestly think Codemasters could make money out of it and gamers would appreciate it.”
The last game to follow a similar tactic was Shift 2: Unleashed with its Legends Pack, which included classic cars and historic track layouts, but emulating specific rounds from the past including all of the authentic touches necessary, such as accurate liveries, sponsors and track layouts, would take a substantially greater amount of effort.
“We’re pressing to do DLC. We have those discussions, we’ve been having them since ’10. If Codemasters keep those licenses rolling and the Concorde agreement gets renewed in 2013, I think we’ll definitely hit that mark.”
So perhaps historic F1 DLC won’t be in the pipeline for this year’s edition, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it rolled out for future iterations.
F1 2011 launches on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on September 23rd.
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