It’s no secret – F1 2021 will feature a brand new story mode called Braking Point. Now, however, we have more details about what it entails.
Braking Point has its roots back in F1 2019. Introducing F2 to the game, those who played it will likely remember that its career mode had a short story-driven segment featuring your rivalry with a chap called Devon Butler. It was great, and in our review we remarked “Hopefully the next iteration of the game will feature more of the dramatic story aspects found in the career mode’s new F2 feed-in”. Unfortunately it didn’t happen in F1 2020, but F1 2021 is delivering the goods, with Devon Butler making a return.
So that’s your first titbit of F1 2021‘s Braking Point story mode – Devon Butler is back, and he’s probably going to be as annoying as ever. We can also reveal that it will take place over three seasons. It will start with players entering F2 back in 2019. Then, in 2020, they’ll find themselves moving up to F1, before finishing their story in F1 in 2021. Needless to say, a lot can happen in three seasons.
And there’s more. Five teams will be available for players to choose from, though what might come as a disappointment to some is that the story will be linear; that is, it will have a definitive start, middle and end. You’re not going to be making any decisions or performing any drastic actions that change the story in any meaningful way. The story will be delivered via beautifully directed computer-generated scenes alongside story driven race scenarios.
Lastly, don’t worry if you’re not a pro at the game – you’ll be able to play Braking Point with both Casual and Standard racing styles. Codemasters wants all aspects of F1 2021 to be accessible while also providing more of a sim-like experience than ever for those who want it. So, nobody will be left behind.
F1 2021 launches 16th July on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.