F1 23 players will be able to take on real-world challenges including a ghost lap time trial with Max Verstappen in new modes which are being added to the game.Max Verstappen. The reigning world champion and current points leader is an ambassador for the game’s publish EA.
The Pro Challenge will be introduced to the game in in August. Success against Verstappen and his rivals will be rewarded with exclusive in-game items.
Another feature which is going live today called ‘F1 Replay’, in which players can recreate scenarios from races which took place this year. A similar feature will also be part of the officially-licensed Formula 1 management game F1 Manager 23.
The new mode in F1 23 will have four new scenarios each featuring the real-life lap times and creative inputs from a different driver. The first will feature George Russell, while Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas and Oscar Piastri are due to appear in future updates.
The ‘F1 Replay’ feature is a simulation of the 2023 season as it has already played out, with gamers “taking control of any of the 20 drivers in a replica grand prix”, say EA. The season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix is the first race to be generated for this feature, and EA plans that each week they will add simulations of other 2023 races.
“We are really excited to provide fans with new racing challenges, including the opportunity to test their skills against in-game ghost laps of real-world F1 drivers, starting with the current Championship leader,” said Codemasters’ senior creative director Lee Mather. “Our new ‘Pro Challenge’ will become a key feature in ‘F1 World’ hub awarding racers both glory and exclusive items.”
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Codemasters have also updated the driver ratings used to determine performance in F1 23 for the first time since the game’s launch. The game does not include Daniel Ricciardo, who replayed Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri last weekend:
|Carlos Sainz Jnr||88||89||+1|
|Nyck de Vries||71||70||-1|