It looks like Codemasters and EA are going all out with the upcoming F1 2021 game to deliver a compelling narrative that puts some context around the on-track action. It’s not something that traditionally a racing sim particularly needs, but the more we see of it, the more we’re liking the look of the drama that could unfold as we fight for points, victories and maybe even the world championship crown. Braking Point is definitely bringing something new to the series, and if there’s anything the sport has learnt from Netflix it’s that the conflict behind the scenes can be far more interesting to watch than some of the races. Here’s a breakdown of the characters you’re going to meet at the top of the motorsport tree, and if you want to make this into a bit of an ARG then use the links to get the characters Twitter accounts.
Aiden Jackson is a potential star in the making. A young, promising driver embarking on his first F1® season, who idolises his teammate, Casper Akkerman. Jackson is viewed as a success story, having worked his way up from F2™. Easy to like, Aiden can put up a good front for the cameras. However, behind the scenes he’s struggling with the transition to the big league. Expected to be courted by one of the bigger teams, he has hit the ground running and is already making waves.
Known for his ice-cold and no-nonsense approach, Casper ‘Cas’ Akkerman is a steady hand determined to lift his team away from the midfield battle. His calm temperament and dogged determination have served him well throughout his illustrious career. However, with a crop of young talent breaking through, he’s feeling the pressure of trying to remain at the top of his game despite being in the twilight of his career.
The Braking Point antagonist, Devon Butler, is much more than a cocky, loud-mouthed upstart trying to make a name for himself. Highly respected on the track, Devon’s questionable off-track behaviour leaves a lot to be desired. Always ready with a wisecrack comment or barbed piece of advice, Butler uses his encounters to get under the skin of any driver he deems as a threat. Love or loathe him, Devon Butler intends to become a living legend in the world of Formula 1®.
Brian Doyle is the direct liaison to the team principal, and it falls on him to keep things running smoothly. Doyle spends a lot of his time as the go-between, passing on messages, race strategies, or ironing out any grievances within the team. He has established himself within the sport and runs a well-oiled machine. A larger than life character who lives and breathes Formula 1®, Doyle is up when it’s going well, but crashes to earth when things don’t go according to plan.
Casper’s wife Zoe Akkerman and the bedrock of his world. She’s has been on the scene for several years and knows the sacrifices needed for her husband to remain competitive. Zoe is always ready with a sympathetic ear and kind word, no matter where her husband is in the world. Mother to a young daughter, Lily, Zoe is the only person who knows the demons Casper faces competing against the next generation of drivers bursting onto the scene.
There’s a lot to Braking Point that we won’t find out until we can get our hands on the game, but if it can gel the sublime racing with a believable story then F1 2021 is on to a winner. If you’re not sold on it then don’t forget about all the other new features coming to the latest game that includes a two player synchronous career that can be as team mates or rivals, split-screen modes, online multiplayer and MyTeam as well. Getting a touch more info this time is the Real-Season Start which enables players to jump in at any point in the calendar that has already occurred with up-to-date standings. We’ve played a lot of F1 games over the years, and very few ever come out near the beginning of a season, and there’s always something that niggles about having to do 8 to 12 races to catch up with the current real world position. This mode sounds like it drops you into the thick of it and is much more closely aligned to what’s actually happening in the championship.
Supporting the Real-Season Start, EA have also released a video with several F1 drivers guessing each others driver ratings from this year’s game. Follow this link to see if Pierre Gasly can figure out Yuki Tsunoda’s stats, whether Kimi Raikkonen will say more than 8 words, and if George Russell will be impressed with what the F1 2021 game rates him as. We’re expecting more of driver ratings to get revealed next week as we creep closer to the release date, though arguably these ones from Williams, Alfa Romeo and AlphaTauri are the most important as you’ll be picking one of these guys as a team mate in the impressive sounding story mode. The ratings will get updated throughout the season, along with car stats, so if you’re playing along at each race weekend you can be sure you’re as close to the real thing as is possible to get without the demands of funding… or talent.
F1 2021 will be released on PlayStation, Xbox and PC hardware on 16th July for around £50 depending on platform, and deluxe edition owners will get access 3 days earlier on the 13th July.