Gone are the days when F1 fans just wanted to race fast cars. Now they want to know about the inner workings of a team, the strategic calls and tactical shouts which play out throughout the course of the season. If that sounds like your bag, you’re going to love F1 Manager 2022.
For most, it’s the Football Manager scene which would have taken up many hours of life, but with the huge appeal of F1, it’s now time to branch into the management side of that too. But let’s get one thing straight – this is no F1 22; it’s not a game which will put you behind the wheel of the most technologically advanced motor vehicles found on this Earth. Instead this is a game that is all about the numbers. It’s that which will be the draw.
F1 Manager 2022 comes from the Frontier team, they behind the likes of Jurassic World Evolution and Planet Coaster. It’s a team that know how to make a game, and what makes gamers tick. We feel they are a perfect fit for an F1 management game.
Priced at £44.99 from the Xbox Store, playable on Xbox Series X|S (optimised) or Xbox One (this is also available on PS4, PS5 and PC through Steam and Epic), should you jump in early to F1 Manager 2022 and pre-order, access to the team principal’s job can now be used. Fail to pre-order and you’ll be holding tight for that August 30th street release.
So what do we have with this one? Well, as you’d expect for an officially licensed F1 management simulation game, you’ll be tasked with helping your team find success. It’s your decisions which will make the difference to the car, to your drivers and to your team, as you battle the might and the financial power of your competitors, hoping to stay ahead of the game, standing atop that podium.
This is a super deep management experience, letting you take charge of any of the teams found on the 2022 F1 grid. From there, diverting funds to specific areas, taking in emails, deciding pitstop strategies and tyre compounds and more will be utterly important. Just don’t expect to be found driving the cars.
Frontier have dragged in some big names to help ensure that this is a highly immerse F1 experience. David Croft provides his dulcet tones, as does Karun Chandhock, ensuring that you can live out the life of a Toto Wolff or Christian Horner. Whether you’ll want to though is up for debate. Think of the stress.
The key game features include:
- Career – Become the Best Write a new chapter in a bold new era for Formula 1®. Choose your F1® team and guide them to glory throughout the official 2022 races by beginning your journey at the back of the grid or taking your place in pole position – in F1® Manager, the choice is yours. Your task is to impress the board by hitting your season targets and long-term goals, securing your team’s success for years to come.
- The HQ – Build Your Team Your constructor team are the beating heart of racing operations. Between races, control every detail of your team from HQ. Monitor the performance of your star drivers and staff, keep your finances in the black, and scout best-in-class staff from rival teams to give yourself an extra edge for upcoming races.
- The Factory – Perfect Your Car Get your hands on 2022’s striking new car design and race closer to your opponents than ever before. Assign new parts for your cars to prepare for the race ahead. Choose your engineering approach to gain advantages on upcoming circuits – will you develop a well-balanced system, focus on areas needing improvement, or excel in specific aspects of performance?
- The Race – Create and Execute Your Strategy From lights-out to the chequered flag, you’re in control. Own every decision from pit strategy to tyre choices to driver callouts. Plan your approach but be prepared to react to dynamic race events such as weather and fluctuating track conditions. Immerse yourself in a hyper-realistic simulation of an official F1® race presented in true-to-life broadcast quality.
We’re currently hands-on with F1 Manager 2022 and will be back with a full review of how it plays on Xbox Series X|S very soon. Until then, grab a copy of F1 Manager 2022 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S (the Xbox Store link is here), PS4, PS5 or PC.
Make your mark on Formula 1® in the officially licensed F1® Manager 2022. Be the boss of your chosen constructor and pick from a roster of 2022 drivers and staff. Featuring full F1® licensing and true-to-life presentation, you won’t just play F1® Manager 2022 – you’ll live it.