First F1 2011 developer diary arrives

F1 2011 Gameplay Screenshot

Codemasters has released the first in a series of developer diaries for F1 2011, the follow up to the BAFTA award-winning F1 2010. The Developer Diary features work in progress gameplay footage and stars Chief Games Designer Stephen Hood, Executive Producer Paul Jeal and Formula One test driver Anthony Davidson who serves as the game’s technical consultant.

The first developer diary features work-in-progress gameplay footage from the game as the development team explains how F1 2011 will be “a far more complete package this time around.” Stephen Hood, Chief Games Designer says, “This is the next step for us and we keep pushing forward. Some people think it’s just about updating the teams and drivers and you just ship the next game out. It’s nothing like that at all. There’s a stack of new stuff in there.” Executive Producer Paul Jeal explains that in addition to the raft of new content and improvements, 2011’s rule changes naturally lead to an even more exciting game, “We’re all experiencing this 2011 season for the first time and these [new] elements are really bringing so much more to the strategy and the racing. It’s such a better experience in terms of racing – when do you deploy your KERS? Are you in the DRS zone? The tyre strategy elements… it’s all really going to play into a much more complete experience this year.”

In F1 2011 players will be challenged with wide-ranging technical and gameplay advancements on and off track and vastly extended competitive and co-operative multiplayer components. Players will be able to race against 16 players online plus 8 AI cars to simulate a full 24 car grid, team up with a friend to play through a full season in a new co-op championship mode or enjoy multiplayer racing from the sofa in split-screen mode. F1 2011 will feature all of the official teams, drivers and circuits from the highly anticipated 2011 FIA Formula Oner World Championship. The 2011 season also sees the debut of the 2011 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Indai at Delhi’s Jaypee International Race Circuit and the return of the iconic Nürburgring to the calendar.

F1 2011 is in development at Codemasters Birmingham for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. It will be out on  23rd September.

Check out the developer diary in full,below.