F1 22: Release date, driver ratings, platforms, modes & crossplay

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f1 2022 cars on starting grid
Codemasters

Another year means another entry in the racing genre as F1 22 looms large. The official formula one racing game is back with all the usual licenses and fanfare and we’ve put together this guide to get you ready for the race.

As with most sports games, F1 22 is a simulation of its real-life counterpart and allows fans of the world to race on real-life tracks used in the championship and step into the shoes of the world’s most elite racers and rapid F1 cars.

As with the ever-changing world of F1 and its rules and regulations, F1 22 has updated its content to reflect this. Not only that, but new modes and tweaks to the core format are sure to keep players coming back for more, so here’s what we know about F1 22.

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f1 cars driving through a corner
Codemasters
Another year of high-intensity racing beckons.

F1 22 release date

Codemasters are ready to release F1 22 on July 1, 2022, with the Champions Edition set to arrive a tiny bit earlier on June 28, 2022.

This is a fairly typical release date period for F1 and helps to capitalize on the momentum of the new season.

F1 22 game modes: Career Mode, My team, F1 Life

F1 22 is set to land with an army of game modes for players to get stuck into including the returning Career Mode and My Team. There’s also the introduction of F1 Life which isn’t exactly a conventional gameplay addition but allows players to be flamboyant and live their best F1 lifestyle.

Career Mode

For those who want to dive into a full Career Mode using one of the established manufacturers then Career Mode is the place. Battle your skills on the weekend going through practice, and qualifying, before finally trying to land pole position in the big race itself.

Subtle tweaks here and there for race strategy and presentation touch-ups represent the biggest changes, along with new formation laps, safety car moments, and even terrifying pit stop errors.

My Team

Lots of players are either Career Mode or My Team, and if you are one of those individuals that like the deeper structure of My team, then it’s back in all its glory. The main upgrade this year for players is being able to pick the direction you want your team to be.

For example, you can now choose how your team enters the fray: an immediate contender in every race for podiums, or starting as a complete underdog team and building your status.

F1 Life

Want to hang out with other drivers around the globe wearing your own customizable gear? This is where F1 Life comes into its own. It’s a smart hub area that can help you jump into multiplayer races and also take part in fun time trials and fun challenges.

Lee Mather, F1 Senior Creative Director at Codemasters, also had this to say about the new F1 Life mode: “Players are excited to enter the new era of Formula 1 with the introduction of new cars, regulations, and more control of race day moments. F1 22 enables players to be more social with their friends away from the circuit. The personalized space within F1 Life allows players to show off their collection of must-have cars and accessories and be the envy of friends and rivals.”

ferrari cornering in f1 2022
Codemasters
The new F1 Life mode is set to be a fun addition to the game’s repertoire.

F1 22 driver ratings

F1 22’s driver ratings have been revealed, and as you’d imagine Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton top the bill. These stats will change throughout the season, though, as part of My Team.

According to EA, drivers are ranked on the following four categories, and awarded an overall rating:

  • Experience (EXP): This is based on the number of race starts a driver has over the course of their career
  • Racecraft (RAC): The driver’s ability to work their way through the pack and finish in a higher position than where they started
  • Awareness (AWA): The less time spent in the Steward’s room will help drivers here. Real-world punishments will impact the score in this category
  • Pace (PAC): Benefits those who get closest to the fastest qualifying and race lap times. A driver beating their teammate is also taken into consideration
Driver Experience Racecraft Awareness Pace Overall
Max Verstappen 72 98 79 97 94
Lewis Hamilton 93 96 92 93 94
Valtteri Bottas 77 84 93 90 88
Sergio Perez 83 89 85 89 88
Carlos Sainz Jr. 72 89 89 87 87
Lando Norris 64 94 82 92 90
Charles Leclerc 65 94 91 95 92
Daniel Ricciardo 82 88 93 80 83
Pierre Gasly 62 90 79 84 84
Fernando Alonso 98 88 78 89 89
Esteban Ocon 63 90 76 82 83
Sebastian Vettel 91 87 92 83 85
Lance Stroll 65 89 76 77 80
Yuki Tsunoda 55 76 74 83 78
George Russell 64 90 86 93 90
Nicholas Latifi 60 80 76 66 70
Mick Schumacher 56 79 80 79 77
Kevin Magnussen 68 82 84 82 81
Alexander Albon 59 90 76 81 82
Guanyu Zhou 47 80 73 67 70

 

F1 22 platforms

Whichever platform you’re on, F1 22 should cater to you quite nicely as the game will be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Steam, Origin, and the Epic Store. Its performance will obviously vary from platform to platform, but in any event, it’s getting a nice wide release.

F1 22 crossplay

If its availability wasn’t enough, fans of the series will be pleased to know that F1 22 will feature crossplay in a first for the series.

So, whichever console or system you’re enjoying F1 22 on, if you’re wanting to boot up the game’s multiplayer element to tackle some competitive races, they will feature other fans from across different formats.

F1 22 trailers

Codemasters has kept fans up-to-date with different information and reveals, and there have also been some trailers to provide actual footage of the game.

The F1 22 Season Trailer was first up and you can check it out here.

A cool trailer showing off the Miami International Autodrome was next up for the game.

Most recently, the announce trailer is one of the final ones to get players hyped for F1 22.

A tasty gameplay trailer was released on May 31, 2022, and this properly walked through the game’s modes and structure of race weekends.

Soundtrack

The game’s soundtrack will feature the likes of Marshmello, Charli XCX, and deadmau5.

Check it out below:

F1 22 Soundtrack
EA Sports
F1 22’s soundtrack features plenty of big names.

In addition to F1 22, plenty of other games will be coming out during the year and we’ve got game hubs to cover all you need to know:

The Elder Scrolls 6  | Overwatch 2 |  Assassin’s Creed Infinity | God of War: Ragnarok | Wolverine | Spider-Man 2 | Forspoken | KOTR Remake | Wonder Woman | Cuphead The Delicious Last Course | DokeV | FFXVI | Avatar Frontiers of Pandora | Sonic Frontiers | Dragon Age 4 | Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild sequel | The Witcher 3 next-gen patch  | Avatar Frontiers of Pandora | Gotham Knights

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