Formula One 2009 Game coming to iPhone
Coming soon to Apple's app store for download onto the iPod Touch and iPhone is Formula One 2009, a port of the same title already released on the Nintendo Wii and PSP. Codemasters will bring the game to the growing mobile gaming platform in the next few weeks and give players the chance to race as the stars of the sport, including Jensen Button, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.
All 10 teams, 20 drivers and 17 circuits from the recently finished 2009 season will be on offer. We are promised “stunning visuals and a totally authentic FORMULA ONE experience” and highlights will include the Eau Rouge at Spa Francorchamps, Silverstone and experience, the claustrophobic streets of Monaco, Singapore night race and the Yas Marina circuit in the United Arab Emirates.
Sounds great so far, however from initial reports it seems the game will only allow the player to race against the clock. While this will still make for a good game it's the competitive racing and other cars/over taking that would make me most excited about this game. Two game modes will be supported, Time Trial and Endurance. Time trial will put the player at the equivalent of a Saturday qualification session, tasked with setting the fasted Flying Lap time at any of the circuits and driving as any of the drivers. Endurance will task the player with either a 6, 9 of 12 lap session as they try to set the best average lap time. Both flying lap times and average lap times will be available for upload to the AGON Online Social Platform Leaderboard.
While I was slightly confused by the Formula One 2009 games when they were announced, after the end of the season and when fans are already looking to next year's championship, I'm increasingly comfortable and excited with giving the 2009 game a go, bridging the gap between this season and next season and the PS3/Xbox360 2010 season game that it will bring.
During 2010 I think we'll see more and more games released simultaneously on a dedicated gaming console as well as iPod and iPhone gaming through Apple's App Store. Right now on the App Store iPod and iPhone games can download Call of Duty World at War, FIFA 10, Assassin's Creed, Championship Manager, Tiger Woods, Rock Band, Pro Evolution, Need for Speed, The Sims and I predict we'll see a growth in the number of new release mainstream titles also showing up on the App Store, closer and closer to the high street release.
Exact release date and price point haven't been released but I would predict it in the last few days of December with a £4.99 price.