Codemasters Bring Formula 1 to Wii

By Jorge Ba-oh 30.05.2008 3

Formula 1 returns to Nintendo with Codemasters confirming a Wii version in the works.

In an interview with the developer on the Official F1 website, CEO Rod Cousens discussed Wii development - with tilt control confirmed.

Q: The first game will be released next year. Talk us briefly through the development process that will be taking place over the coming months?

RC: It depends partly on format - portables are a lot easier as they don't have such a rich graphical experience - but on dedicated consoles and PCs the way we write stems from what we call an 'engine', which for us is Codemasters' EGO Engine. This is what drives DiRTô and GRIDô, so its pedigree on next-generation systems such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is already proven. The Formula One games will have the benefit of this. It typically takes us two years to develop such a game, but a lot of the assets have already been created - we have a number of the tracks because they already exist in GRIDô, and we have the basics of the car dynamics and handling.

Then there's the issue of which format when - clearly we'll be targeting formats where there's been no Formula One experience for a number of years, and the Nintendo Wii, the fastest-selling hardware console in the world today, where the plan is to use the controller like a steering wheel. We'll go through a parallel development process on that, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The artwork involved will be intense and a lot of that will be done overseas to make sure we're up to speed.

The game is due for release in 2009.

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Smilie Isn't the F1 licence owned by Sony/PlayStation???

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Zapp said:
Smilie Isn't the F1 licence owned by Sony/PlayStation???

Codemasters do now. How can 1 F1 game be any different from another though??

Fenton said:
Zapp said:
Smilie Isn't the F1 licence owned by Sony/PlayStation???

Codemasters do now. How can 1 F1 game be any different from another though??

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